01/10/2011This video takes you on a discovery of the ELLA+LABEL project, a cooperation initiative launched in 2003, with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), between the different countries of the Elbe River basin, with the aim of reducing flood risks. The project came about in the wake of the massive floods in 2002 which caused more than 100 deaths and resulted in some €12 billion of damages. Since then, the Central European countries affected by these floods have undertaken widespread cooperation in a bid to ensure that floods of such magnitude never happen again. The prevention mechanisms introduced have also resulted in the creation and development of many SMEs.
10/01/2009"We want to be German Europeans and European Germans," said former Chancellor Helmut Kohl in relation to German reunification. Twenty years on, EU funds (ERDF) were allocated to the new federal states (Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, and part of Berlin).The €46 billion between 1990 and 2013 are making success stories like Biocity in Leipzig and an urban development project in Merseburg possible.