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  • The European Union's Cohesion Policy: investing in your Regions and Cities

    The European Union's Cohesion Policy: investing in your Regions and Cities


    Every year the EU invests millions of Euro in job creation and economic growth, to help reduce social and economic differences between its regions. This short video will tell you more on how these EU investments can improve citizens' everyday lives by stimulating economic growth in their region.  

    Over the past five years, EU cohesion policy has created over 600.000 jobs; invested in the professional training of up to 15 million people every year to improve their employability; and co‑financed the construction of 25 000 km of roads and 1800 km of railways; it has also ensured the provision of clean drinking water for 3 million more people; has invested in 200 000 small and medium-sized companies and 61.000 research projects. These figures are still growing, as projects which started over the past 5 years continue to produce results.

    All this is made possible by the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund, which together represent more than one-third of the EU budget.

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  • Top chef Jamie Oliver thanks European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund for supporting his award winning 'Fifteen Cornwall' project for budding chefs

    Top chef Jamie Oliver thanks  European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund for supporting his award winning 'Fifteen Cornwall' project for budding chefs


    Jamie Oliver, the world renowned British celebrity chef praises EU Structural Funds for supporting a restaurant in Cornwall that helps young people to become apprentice chefs. The 'Fifteen Cornwall' apprenticeship programme won the RegioStars Awards 2014 in the category "Inclusive Growth - jobs for the younger generation"in Brussels.

    Fifteen Cornwall - RegioStars 2014 winner

    Press Release

    RegioStars 2014

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  • Building bridges between people

    Building bridges between people

    01/11/2011This video examines different aspects of European Territorial Cooperation and highlights the usefulness of support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for projects that involve cross-border cooperation. For instance, the University of the Greater Region (UGR) project is promoting exchanges and mobility between different European universities; 17 000 km of roads are being built or upgraded to improve transport; the LABEL project is reducing the risk of flooding in the Elbe basin; experiences and good practices are being exchanged in order to boost economic growth; lastly, several cross-border programmes are promoting the integration of marginalised population groups.

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  • UGR: Christian Wagner (story)

    UGR: Christian Wagner (story)

    01/10/2011In this video profile, professor of experimental physics Christian Wagner explains how the UGR project impacts on his life and on the lives of some of his students. As a professor, he sees students who have spent their first two years studying in Nancy or in Luxembourg before spending their third year at the University of Saarland, where he works. The UGR project, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is important for them and for him, because it offers harmonised evaluations and simplifies administrative formalities. Since the project began, he has noticed many improvements and his daily work has become much easier.

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  • UGR: Pascale Renders (portrait)

    UGR: Pascale Renders (portrait)

    01/10/2011In this video portrait, Pascale Renders, a young Belgian PhD student at the University of Liège and University of Nancy, tells us how her work could have been much more straightforward if the University of the Greater Region (UGR) project had been in place when she began both the administrative process to enrol at the University of Nancy and her search for funding for her doctorate. The difficulties faced by Pascale, as well as the issue of moving between universities, are now however a thing of the past as a result of the UGR project, which has received backing from the EU via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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  • UGR: Sven Clément (story)

    UGR: Sven Clément (story)

    01/10/2011In this video profile, Sven Clément, a third-year student in economic informatics at the University of Saarbrücken, explains the advantages of the UGR project for his studies. The UGR project, supported by the ERDF, makes it easy for him to consult his grades and access the libraries of all member universities for free. Furthermore, the intercultural aspect of the UGR project allows him to forge a better understanding of the people he may have to work with, be they French, Belgian, German or Luxembourger.

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  • University of the Greater Region

    University of the Greater Region

    01/10/2011The University of the Greater Region (UGR) project brings together seven universities in four different countries. Through the UGR project, students, researchers and professors from these university institutions are able to explore new work and study prospects as well as new research networks, while gaining firsthand experiences of other languages and diverse cultures, thus laying the foundations for a truly European university. The administrative, legal and financial issues raised by the UGR project could lead to the development of solutions that may one day be used by all European universities, thus removing knowledge barriers and at the same time promoting cultural diversity, something highly valued by European citizens.

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  • UGR: Françoise Lartillot (portrait)

    UGR: Françoise Lartillot (portrait)

    01/10/2011In this video portrait, Françoise Lartillot, professor and researcher at Paul Verlaine University in Metz, explains to us how the UGR project has changed the way she works. The UGR project in particular enables her and other researchers to develop joint projects. She sees the UGR as a very rewarding project, notably through its open human approach.

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  • VLOC project

    VLOC project

    01/02/2009This video showcases the VLOC project, which involves a training centre for the aeronautical industry in Ostend, West Flanders (Belgium). Launched in 2007 with ERDF support, the centre enables 200 people a year (students, jobseekers, engineers, pilots) to acquire new skills in all aeronautical professions.

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