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04/12/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs / Regions and local development
03/10/2013 - Institutional affairs / Regions and local development
The support, under the European Solidarity Fund, still needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council. Providing it is, it will help to contribute to the emergency costs incurred by the public authorities in these four member states because of the disasters. |PHOTOS|
25/07/2013 - Environment, consumers and health / Regions and local development
European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn has presented a proposal to reform the EU Solidarity Fund. The plans will make the fund more responsive and simpler to use with clearer criteria as to who can benefit. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
11/07/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health / Regions and local development
A new study presented by the European Commission finds that the establishment of maritime zones, including Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), in the Mediterranean would benefit the EU's Blue Growth and wider sustainability agendas.
01/07/2013 - Regions and local development
The European Commission has published the first study to weigh up the success of the EU's two macro-regional strategies and to provide recommendations for the future. |PHOTOS|
18/04/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Regions and local development
With 4 more years to go until the programmes finish in 2015, investments under the European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund and European Social Fund have already led to progress and improvement for many citizens. |VIDEO|
03/12/2012 - Agriculture, fisheries and food / Regions and local development
The strategy rests on 4 pillars: a stronger blue economy, a healthier marine environment, a safer maritime space, and responsible fishing activities.
06/11/2012 - Regions and local development
The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012 provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation. The report covers 190 regions across the European Union, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland.
18/09/2012 - Regions and local development
European Territorial Cooperation is an increasingly important theme in EU Regional Policy. Regions and cities from different EU Member States are encouraged to work together and learn from each other through joint programmes, projects and networks.
10/07/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Regions and local development / Transport and travel
By launching a Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (SCC) the European Commission aims to boost the development of smart technologies in cities – by pooling research resources from energy, transport and ICT and concentrating them on a small number of demonstration projects which will be implemented in partnership with cities.
05/07/2012 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Regions and local development
An EU allocation of €230 million in guarantees to back the private issuance of "project bonds" for transport, energy and information technology infrastructure projects was approved by Parliament. The decision allows pilot testing of this innovative plan to attract private investment in transport, energy and information technology network projects.
03/07/2012 - Regions and local development
The strategy adopted contains a set of tangible actions that contribute to research and sustainable development in the region and promote environmentally friendly technologies that could be used for sustainable shipping and mining. It also underlines the EU's activities in the Arctic since 2008.
19/04/2012 - Regions and local development
Stalled regional development projects in crisis-hit countries could be kick-started by sharing their investment risks between private and public investors, under plans voted by the MEPs.
23/03/2012 - Regions and local development
The aim of the Strategy is to increase the impact of EU funds to reach common goals, such as the improvement of water quality in the entire region. The Communication sets three new focuses for co operation: "Save the Sea", "Connect the Region" and "Increase Prosperity".
27/01/2012 - Regions and local development
The EU gave nearly €33bn to member countries in 2011 in regional funding. It contributed to investments in key sectors – technology, research, education – for generating growth and jobs.