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  • Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy presents its new comic book "Partners"

    Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy presents its new comic book

    13/05/2014

    The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy has just published a brand new comic book called ’Partners’ which aims at presenting Regional and Urban Policy through six stories designed to appeal to a young audience. The themes covered in this album are Research & Innovation, Urban Development, Environment, Support to SMEs, Social Inclusion, ICT, Cooperation between regions, Transport, Solidarity between regions in case of natural disasters, etc. These slices of life and stories of men and women were inspired by real EU-funded projects that illustrate the European Union’s contribution to reducing differences in standards of living and supporting the regions in their development.
    This comic is available in FR, EN and NL and can be ordered via EU Bookshop

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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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  • Rurban – Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg

    Rurban – Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg

    29/08/2012In today's Europe, rural-urban relations can be complex and challenging. In the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg, in Germany, rural-urban partnerships, with support from the European Commission via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), are offering new opportunities in the fields of food production, tourism and energy supply.

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  • Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy’s cities and rural communities

    Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy’s cities and rural communities

    29/08/2012In the province of Forlì-Cesena, in central Italy, the European Union has helped a network of medium-sized cities and rural areas to share resources, encouraging sustainable growth and improving the local quality of life. The University of Bologna’s centre for food and agro-industrial research is based in Cesena. Part-financed by the EU, it helps local businesses and food growers to improve their products and boost exports, through research, advice and cooperation.

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  • Rurban – Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg

    Rurban – Germany: Rural-Urban Partnership in the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg

    29/08/2012In today's Europe, rural-urban relations can be complex and challenging. In the Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg, in Germany, rural-urban partnerships, with support from the European Commission via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), are offering new opportunities in the fields of food production, tourism and energy supply.

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  • Rural-urban partnership: key to a prosperous future for Europe

    Rural-urban partnership: key to a prosperous future for Europe

    29/08/2012

    Europe is a complex patchwork of urban and rural areas, where people live in different ways but face common challenges. City- and country-dwellers are mutually dependent, and both sides need to cooperate to achieve a sustainable future for everyone. The European Union’s Rurban initiative fosters formal and informal partnerships around a whole string of issues such as research and innovation, energy, water supply, food production, transport, tourism and leisure, and many more. Through its cohesion policy, the EU invests more than one-third of its budget in promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive development across Europe. The aim is for all regions, whether urban or rural, to have equal access to the benefits of growth.

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  • Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy’s cities and rural communities

    Rurban - Italy: Pooling the resources of Italy’s cities and rural communities

    29/08/2012In the province of Forlì-Cesena, in central Italy, the European Union has helped a network of medium-sized cities and rural areas to share resources, encouraging sustainable growth and improving the local quality of life. The University of Bologna’s centre for food and agro-industrial research is based in Cesena. Part-financed by the EU, it helps local businesses and food growers to improve their products and boost exports, through research, advice and cooperation.

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  • Rurban – Finland: Broadband Services for rural areas in Central Finland

    Rurban – Finland: Broadband Services for rural areas in Central Finland

    29/08/2012In sparsely populated Central Finland, inter-municipal co-operation is a long-standing tradition, with communities entering into voluntary agreements when necessary to provide key services. The European Commission, through the European Regional Development Fund is encouraging co-operative initiatives in Central Finland, including the development of more widespread broadband communications. This kind of action, reaching out to citizens in outlying areas, contributes to achieving the goal of 'smart and inclusive growth'.

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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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  • 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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  • Cities, shaping the future

    Cities, shaping the future

    15/02/2012

    More than two thirds of the European population live in urban areas. These offer opportunities for business and innovation, for green growth, and social integration. But they also face important social, economic and environmental challenges. This clip shows how the European Union is helping cities to address these challenges and become platforms for democracy and social dialogue as well as motors for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

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  • RegioStars 2010: C-Mine Centre

    RegioStars 2010: C-Mine Centre

    01/05/2010This video presents the RegioStars 2010 winning project in the “Innovative use of brownfield sites in an urban context” category. Built on the heritage of the Genk region’s mining past, the multipurpose C-Mine centre is the result of converting a former industrial site into a hub for entrepreneurs and other visitors. Its two concert rooms, exhibition space and design centre were due to open in September 2010.

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  • RegioStars 2010: the industrial designer

    RegioStars 2010: the industrial designer

    05/01/2010Profile of Michaël Verheyden, a handbag designer in the Genk region. This video was produced as part of the “C-Mine” project, RegioStars 2010 winner in the “Innovative use of brownfield sites in an urban context” category.

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  • RegioStars 2009 : Wiels and Brass project

    RegioStars 2009 : Wiels and Brass project

    01/02/2009This video showcases the Wiels-Brass project, an urban regeneration initiative in the Forest district of the Brussels region (Belgium) co-funded by the European fund URBAN II. The project, which involved the successful conversion of a former brewery into a centre for modern art, has changed the face of an entire neighbourhood.

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  • The ERDF in Germany’s new Länder

    The ERDF in Germany’s new Länder

    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.

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  • European Cities: key to sustainable development

    European Cities: key to sustainable development

    04/01/2009This video illustrates how Europe’s cities, which are home to over 70% of its population, have today become key actors in their own sustainable development, supported by the EU and its successive programmes and initiatives which are helping to put the urban dimension back at the centre of priorities.

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