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  • REGIOSTARS 2014 - Fifteen Cornwall: Launching a new life in the kitchen

    REGIOSTARS 2014 - Fifteen Cornwall: Launching a new life in the kitchen

    31/03/2014

    A passion for cooking is transforming young lives in one of the poorest parts of England. Inspired by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Fifteen Cornwall is more than a restaurant but a social enterprise which offers a chance to disadvantaged unemployed 16-to 24-year olds the opportunity to train as chefs. This ground-breaking initiative has trained almost 130 young people, many of whom are dealing with serious challenges such as criminal records, substance misuse, mental illness or disability. 89 of them have graduated as chefs and more than 90% are still in employment. Each year, the project invests around €1.2 million back into the local economy, creating jobs for the region’s vital tourist sector.

    • Region: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, UK
    • Total budget: €5 882 000
    • ERDF/ESF funding: €2 537 000
    • Financing period: May 2006 – April 2015

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  • REGIOSTARS 2014 - Gdynia trolley bus network: Green trolley buses bring a better quality of urban life

    REGIOSTARS 2014 - Gdynia trolley bus network: Green trolley buses bring a better quality of urban life

    31/03/2014

    The project aims to enhance the power supply system of the trolleybus traction network. It also purchased 28 new trolleybuses to increase the number of modern, eco-friendly and accessible trolleybuses. The direct objectives of the project are to increase the competitiveness of environmentally friendly public transport and to improve quality of service. Those improvements have rebuilt the image of public transport in Gdynia, causing an increase in the number of passengers, and creating direct benefits for the residents and the local economy.

    • City: Gdynia, Poland
    • Total budget: €24 424 000
    • ERDF funding: €13 428 000
    • Financing period: January 2010 – June 2013

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  • REGIOSTARS 2014 - BEACON: Creating green jobs in rural Wales

    REGIOSTARS 2014 - BEACON: Creating green jobs in rural Wales

    31/03/2014

    The BEACON project faces a major challenge for Europe and the world: developing innovative technologies to meet the growing demand for energy and resources. The project focuses on bio-refining: a process using non-food crops to create biomass which can be used in products instead of crude oil. By producing renewable products from biomass, BEACON represents a green alternative to polluting fossil fuels, helping Europe to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. BEACON also supports companies in commercialising their research and exploiting intellectual property. This pioneering initiative is attracting investments to one of the UK poorest rural regions, creating vital jobs and developing advanced know-how at a global level.

    • Region: West Wales and the Valleys, UK
    • Total budget: €22 987 000
    • ERDF funding: €11 917 000
    • Financing period: December 2010 – June 2015

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  • REGIOSTARS 2014 - Art on Chairs: Portugal’s innovative chair-makers gain a global reputation

    REGIOSTARS 2014 - Art on Chairs: Portugal’s innovative chair-makers gain a global reputation

    31/03/2014

    The furniture industry has for years been one of the most important economic activities in the city of Paredes, which has the highest concentration of chair factories in Europe and accounting for 65% of national furniture production. But although the industry was once highly productive, its image is now seen as old-fashioned and conservative. Art on Chairs has breathed new life into this traditional furniture industry by bringing them together with the designer world to transform chair making into an art. This fruitful cooperation between designers and the local SMEs has led to the production of top quality designer chairs, renewed pride in the work, boost of creativity in the manufacturing industry, enhanced productivity and an increase in international exports.

    • Region: Região Norte, Portugal
    • Total budget: €1 096 000
    • ERDF funding: €931 000
    • Financing period: January 2010 – May 2013

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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

    31/03/2014

    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

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  • RegioStars Awards 2014

    RegioStars Awards 2014

    21/03/2014

    EU regional policy helps European regions to advance together.  It boosts economic growth, competitiveness and job creation – by investing billions of Euros each year, in thousands of innovative and ambitious projects throughout Europe. On March 31st, the Regiostars awards will honour 19 finalists, divided in 4 categories, and choose as winners the most inspirational and innovative EU-funded projects across the Member States.

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  • Regional policy for real people – Testimonial by Mirosław Bancerz, maintenance worker in Elblag (Poland)

    Regional policy for real people – Testimonial by Mirosław Bancerz, maintenance worker in Elblag (Poland)

    31/01/2013Mirosław Bancerz lost his job as a heavy goods vehicle driver when he started to develop glaucoma at the age of 58. But thanks to the EU-funded Individual Employment Paths project, he acquired new electrical and maintenance skills, and now works as caretaker for a housing cooperative.

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  • REGIO STARS 2013 winner – Sustainable Growth: ENWORKS Resource Efficiency Support - North West England, UK

    REGIO STARS 2013 winner – Sustainable Growth: ENWORKS Resource Efficiency Support - North West England, UK

    31/01/2013

    ENWORKS, in Manchester, is a unique environmental advice and support service that helps companies in the north west of England to make better use of increasingly scarce resources. Since 2007, with co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund, it has advised 4 000 small businesses, helping them to make annual savings of more than €16 million through resource efficiency, to cut 34 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, and to create or save 967 jobs. ENWORKS shows how green innovation can boost productivity, cut costs and increase profits.

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  • Regional policy for real people – Testimonial by Darren Beard, employee of Cleanbake, in Lancashire (UK)

    Regional policy for real people – Testimonial by Darren Beard, employee of Cleanbake, in Lancashire (UK)

    31/01/2013Training followed by Darren Beard thanks to the EU-funded ENWORKS project has allowed this worker to make a useful contribution to environmentally friendly industrial practices.

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  • Regional policy for real people – Testimonial by Ahmet Taner, head of the Alevi community in Berlin (Germany)

    Regional policy for real people – Testimonial by Ahmet Taner, head of the Alevi community in Berlin (Germany)

    31/01/2013

    Ahmet Taner, head of the Alevi Muslim community in Berlin, is proud of helping his community participate in the social life of the city thanks to the EU-funded Neighbourhood Management initiative in Berlin.

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  • REGIO STARS 2013 winner – CityStar: NEIGHBOURHOOD MANAGEMENT BERLIN

    REGIO STARS 2013 winner – CityStar: NEIGHBOURHOOD MANAGEMENT BERLIN

    31/01/2013Offering local people the opportunity to take decisions about their own neighbourhoods can help transform deprived city areas into more agreeable places to live. In Germany, Berlin’s Neighbourhood Management programme has proved that this approach works, by sharing responsibility for local development with Neighbourhood Councils. This innovative project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, helps people to build partnerships and revitalise their urban environment. It is enabling Berlin to become a ‘socially integrative city’.

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  • Regional policy for real people – Testimonial by Vera Santos, dancer, in Porto (Portugal)

    Regional policy for real people – Testimonial by Vera Santos, dancer, in Porto (Portugal)

    31/01/2013Vera Santos lives near Porto’s Creative Industries Centre and works as a contemporary dance teacher. More recently she has been developing training tools through the work of dance, in the area of entrepreneurship associated with creativity, thanks to the EU-funded UPTEC project.

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  • REGIO STARS 2013 winner – Smart Growth: Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC) - North of Portugal (Norte), Portugal

    REGIO STARS 2013 winner – Smart Growth: Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC) - North of Portugal (Norte), Portugal

    31/01/2013The Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto, UPTEC, is an outstanding example of how to bring academic knowledge and business closer together, through its strategy of sharing research findings and fostering local entrepreneurship. It is helping to turn the northern region of Portugal into a centre for innovation. Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the project is spreading modern, structural change across the north of Portugal, demonstrating how active universities in previously poorer regions of Europe can lead the move to smart growth.

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  • REGIO STARS 2013 winner – Inclusive Growth: INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYMENT PATHS – Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland

    REGIO STARS 2013 winner – Inclusive Growth: INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYMENT PATHS – Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland

    31/01/2013

    Many obstacles make it hard for people to find a job when they are over 45, have been out of work for some time, or have disabilities or health problems. The Individual Employment Paths project in Elblag, northern Poland, offers the expert assistance these people need to overcome the barriers and secure fulfilling occupations. Individual Employment Paths, co-funded by the European Social Fund, contributes to the EU’s cohesion policy objective of economic growth and job creation.

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  • RegioStars – The Awards for Regional Innovative Projects

    RegioStars – The Awards for Regional Innovative Projects

    06/11/2012The European Commission's RegioStars annual awards highlight the most innovative projects which have been supported by European Regional Policy.

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  • Trixie Neilson from GRaBS project

    Trixie Neilson from GRaBS project

    13/06/2012Testimonial of Trixie Neilson from GRaBS project. Urban areas are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. To enable European towns and cities to adapt successfully to the challenges of extreme weather and warming temperatures, and to achieve sustainable growth, local people need to be consulted and actively involved in improving their environment. The GRaBS project – Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco-towns – focused on ‘green’ open spaces and ‘blue’ water resources. Trees and grasslands, for example, help to lower temperatures in towns, through evaporation. The project worked with local communities, helping them to improve their own environment and create healthier, safer and more pleasant living spaces for everyone. Winner of RegioStars 2012 Award - SUSTAINABLE GROWTH category

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  • RegioStars 2012 - CITYSTAR: SÖM - A new start for deprived city neighbourhoods

    RegioStars 2012 - CITYSTAR: SÖM - A new start for deprived city neighbourhoods

    13/06/2012There is no simple solution for regenerating run-down urban areas. But in South East Malmö, Sweden, a neighbourhood with a population of 80 000, the SÖM project offered an outstanding example of how measures working together can bring new hope to a depressed community. The project started by analysing the needs of local people in four of Malmö’s poorer areas. This generated 10 projects on issues such as social integration, local growth and job creation. Partnership was key to success, so the project built a network of public and private participants; contacting businesses, universities, property owners, NGOs and community groups. Within a year, they created a coordination platform to ensure the best use of EU structural funding. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award, Citystar category

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  • RegioStars 2012 - SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: GRaBS - Preparing local planning for climate change challenges

    RegioStars 2012 - SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: GRaBS - Preparing local planning for climate change challenges

    13/06/2012Urban areas are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. To enable European towns and cities to adapt successfully to the challenges of extreme weather and warming temperatures, and to achieve sustainable growth, local people need to be consulted and actively involved in improving their environment. The GRaBS project – Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco-towns – focused on ‘green’ open spaces and ‘blue’ water resources. Trees and grasslands, for example, help to lower temperatures in towns, through evaporation. The project worked with local communities, helping them to improve their own environment and create healthier, safer and more pleasant living spaces for everyone. Winner of RegioStars 2012 Award - SUSTAINABLE GROWTH category

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  • Georgina MacLeod, the O4O project

    Georgina MacLeod, the O4O project

    13/06/2012Testimonial of Georgina MacLeod about the O4O project. People in the EU are living longer than ever, and the proportion of the population aged over 55 is growing all the time. In some rural areas on the fringes of northern Europe, many pensioners live by themselves, and risk becoming isolated and marginalised if public transport and other services are not available and they cannot afford special care. In these remote regions, skilled staff, such as carers and nurses, are often hard to recruit and retain. The O4O project – Older people for Older people – co-financed by the European Union, responded to this challenge, using existing skills and experience within ageing communities. O4O shows older people how they can take responsibility for providing the services they need, and organises support across rural Scotland, Finland, Greenland, Northern Ireland and Sweden. At a time when public spending is under pressure in many parts of the EU, the project demonstrates how vital networks and facilities can be maintained in a way that also encourages older people to stay active and make an important contribution to society. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award, Inclusive Growth category

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  • RegioStars 2012 - ECO WORLD STYRIA - Boosting employment through a world-beating network of green-tech companies

    RegioStars 2012 - ECO WORLD STYRIA - Boosting employment through a world-beating network of green-tech companies

    13/06/2012Eco World Styria started up in 2005, in Austria’s Styria region, with the aim of creating a location for the development of innovative green businesses, able to compete with the best at a global level. Since then, it has established itself as a ground breaker in developing clean, environmentally friendly technologies. By encouraging cleantech companies with innovative ideas, this outstanding project has helped create 5 000 jobs and grow the local economy. These local firms have expanded their workforce by over 10% a year, on average. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award - Smart Growth category

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  • Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria - RegioStars 2012

    Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria - RegioStars 2012

    13/06/2012A portrait of Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria Eco World Styria started up in 2005, in Austria’s Styria region, with the aim of creating a location for the development of innovative green businesses, able to compete with the best at a global level. Since then, it has established itself as a ground breaker in developing clean, environmentally friendly technologies. By encouraging cleantech companies with innovative ideas, this outstanding project has helped create 5 000 jobs and grow the local economy. These local firms have expanded their workforce by over 10% a year, on average. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award - Smart Growth category

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  • RegioStars 2012 - The Podlaskie Voivodeship website

    RegioStars 2012 - The Podlaskie Voivodeship website

    13/06/2012How are European Union investments being used in north-eastern Poland? Look no further than the website of the Podlaskie Voivodeship – or province. This outstanding internet communication tool enables users to find everything they need to know, with just a couple of clicks. Podlaskie is situated on Poland’s north-eastern border, with Lithuania and Belarus to the east, and the Russian region of Kaliningrad to the north. Its capital is Białystok. The province currently runs a total of 904 projects, with over €450 million of EU co-funding. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award - Information & Communication Category

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  • Bledi Zuta, the SÖM project

    Bledi Zuta, the SÖM project

    13/06/2012Testimonial of Bledi Zuta, the SÖM project There is no simple solution for regenerating run-down urban areas. But in South East Malmö, Sweden, a neighbourhood with a population of 80 000, the SÖM project offered an outstanding example of how measures working together can bring new hope to a depressed community. The project started by analysing the needs of local people in four of Malmö’s poorer areas. This generated 10 projects on issues such as social integration, local growth and job creation. Partnership was key to success, so the project built a network of public and private participants; contacting businesses, universities, property owners, NGOs and community groups. Within a year, they created a coordination platform to ensure the best use of EU structural funding. Winner of Regiostars 2012 Award, Citystar category

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  • RegioStars 2012 - INCLUSIVE GROWTH: O4O - Lifelong experience boosts ageing communities

    RegioStars 2012 - INCLUSIVE GROWTH:  O4O - Lifelong experience boosts ageing communities

    13/06/2012People in the EU are living longer than ever, and the proportion of the population aged over 55 is growing all the time. In some rural areas on the fringes of northern Europe, many pensioners live by themselves, and risk becoming isolated and marginalised if public transport and other services are not available and they cannot afford special care. In these remote regions, skilled staff, such as carers and nurses, are often hard to recruit and retain. The O4O project – Older people for Older people – co-financed by the European Union, responded to this challenge, using existing skills and experience within ageing communities. O4O shows older people how they can take responsibility for providing the services they need, and organises support across rural Scotland, Finland, Greenland, Northern Ireland and Sweden. At a time when public spending is under pressure in many parts of the EU, the project demonstrates how vital networks and facilities can be maintained in a way that also encourages older people to stay active and make an important contribution to society. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award, Inclusive Growth category

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