Currently European citizens can discover the impact of the EU on the regions where they live, thanks to Europe in My Region, a campaign that is showcasing EU-funded projects. As part of the campaign, events in 25 EU countries (2 May - 14 June) and a photo contest (2 May – 28 August), project hunt (2 May – 14 June), and blogging competition (2 May – 28 August) will provide opportunities to learn more about the projects financed by the EU.
The initiatives highlighted by the campaign include Getliņi EKO, a landfill site in Latvia that turns biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste into energy, sustainable energy and materials workshops at Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Finland, and the pedestrianisation of the old town in the Greek island of Corfu. All the projects concerned have received assistance from EU funding programmes, including the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, and other sources of funding, as part of the EU's regional policy.
In addition to the events organised as part of Europe in My Region, which include project open days and family events, the photo contest invites participants to submit photos of EU-funded projects; winners will be invited to visit Brussels in October 2017. The project hunt is a quiz for people who have attended a Europe in My Region event, and offers a chance to win a trip for two to a European capital. Entrants to the blogging competition need to write a blog post in any language about an EU-funding project; they will be eligible to win an invitation to the European Week of Regions and Cities in October.
EU financing for projects in the area of energy is available from several different funds, including not only the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund but also Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, and energy efficiency financing schemes.