Arctic Warriors uses Lapland’s natural herbs like roseroot, angelica and nettle to create superfoods. The herbs come from small local farmers or grow wild. Each year, the company provides work for 9 farmers and about 10 herb gatherers. With EU support, it is developing new products and moving into exports.
The EU-funded Tunne Työ initiative implements measures to increase knowledge of working life among teaching and guidance staff in upper-secondary educational establishments in Finland. It also looks to develop educational structures so as to better support student career planning. The aim is to make students aware of the variety of education and career options open to them.
Finland’s One-Stop Guidance Centres give people under 30 advice on work or training choices and related services. They aim to increase employment among the young and prevent alienation. This is vital as an estimated 25,000 people aged 20-24 in Finland aren’t in work or education. The Kohtaamo project coordinates the centres which are part of the Finnish Youth Guarantee programme.
An estimated 1,500-2,000 children in Romania have congenital heart defects. Without the right treatment, their chances of survival are minimal. Thanks to the EU-funded ‘100 hearts for 100 children’ project, paediatric cardiologists examined more than 200 of these children in 2015. Following this examination, 113 children were treated free of charge through catheterisation, ablation or surgery, with a 99.1% success rate.
Today, some 1.6 million people in Germany have dementia. Most want to stay in their own home for as long as they can. Scientists at Chemnitz University of Technology are striving to make that possible. With EU funding, they are developing AUXILIA, a system to help patients, professional carers and relatives.
Bond’innov is an incubator for innovative projects with economic and social potential in health, biotechnology, the environment and the social and solidarity economy. Founded in 2011 at Bondy in France’s Seine-Saint-Denis department, it aims to energise the local economy by bringing businesses to the area. EU funding has enabled it to finance more start-ups and speed up project implementation.
Abandoned in 2002, a 19,000-m² factory site in Mallersdorf-Pfaffenberg, near Regensburg, Bavaria was on the brink of falling into disrepair. The municipality stepped in and, with EU funding, had the 1960s production hall converted into a community centre for people of all ages.
The EU-funded LIFE CERSUDS project has developed an innovative and sustainable urban drainage system that uses low-value ceramic tiles to filter water through paving. The system provides a way for cities to adapt to climate change by reducing the impact of flooding and facilitating reuse of stored water.
People in many areas of France lack access to quality healthcare. The EU has helped to address the problem by financing the development of three new multidisciplinary health centres in low energy buildings. This gives residents the reassurance that they can now receive medical treatment close to where they live.
The city of Cluj-Napoca has used EU funding to modernise its tramway lines. Benefits include journey times that have been shortened by half, increased comfort for passengers and quieter vehicles. More than 100,000 passengers have benefited from the modernisation of the Mănăștur-Bulevardul Muncii tram line since 2011.