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Energetikum – A living laboratory

The Energetikum research building at Austria’s University of Applied Sciences Burgenland is a state-of-the-art experimental facility. Researchers conduct studies on building operations, taking account of user behaviour. The aim is to find ways of maximising comfort while minimising buildings’ energy use.

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Silicon wafer handling systems

Thanks to a loan within the EU initiative Investment Plan for Europe, mechatronic systemtechnik from Villach in Austria’s Carinthia region can continue to grow by developing new machines. The company has been supplying specialised systems to customers in the semiconductor industry for almost 20 years. This sets it apart in a rapidly expanding market.

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Innovation for all

Under the InnoCámaras project, Spanish chambers of commerce provide finance for SMEs and the self-employed who want to increase levels of innovation in their businesses. Recipients receive a grant, advice and invitations to events where they can share experience and improve their knowledge.

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Improved neighbourhoods

EU funding and private investment have enabled the council of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Catalonia to renovate neighbourhoods in the Serra d’en Mena area. Upgrades include construction of a multi-purpose building with a market, a library and a crèche. This is an example of how neighbourhoods can be made more welcoming and economically and environmentally sustainable.

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An aviation museum in Szolnok

Completed with EU funding, the RepTár interactive aviation museum in Szolnok, Hungary includes an exhibition space housing some unique pieces of aviation history. The investment has also revitalised the previously neglected neighbourhood, with new shops and cafes popping up close by.

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Zsóka Fekete’s Mangalica farm

After graduating in food science, Zsóka Fekete set up her own farm in Hungary with help from EU funding. She aimed to breed and sell livestock, grow vegetables and crops and make her own products by processing meat from Mangalica, a Hungarian pig breed. Her products have since won numerous prestigious awards.

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A new kind of allergy test

With funding from the EU, SenzaGen has developed an allergy test. The test doesn’t require any animal testing and investigates whether the chemicals we come in contact with in everyday life are allergenic. Until now, there have been no available methods for testing whether chemicals cause airway allergy. Respiratory allergies is a growing problem. Almost 10 % of Sweden's population and 4 % of Europeans suffer from asthma. This is partly because some chemicals that we come in contact with may cause allergy and...

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The world’s greenest battery

Battery maker Northvolt aims to create the world’s greenest battery using hydroelectric power from northern Sweden. Thanks to EU funding, Northvolt can build the Northvolt Labs development center, where the batteries will be developed and tested before large-scale production takes place in a factory in Skellefteå. The development center will create 400 jobs.

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From nursery to global market

Faktum Bútor founder Árpád Vas laid the groundwork for his company by crafting furniture for his son's nursery. Much product development and marketing followed, while assets were bought and the working environment modernised with several financial contributions from the EU. 25 years later, Faktum Bútor has 45 employees and is a key player in the children's furniture sector, having expanded into many new markets.

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Integration through jobs

Education and work enable immigrants to integrate into Finnish society. The Social Impact Bond (SIB) project aims to help 2,500 immigrants find jobs and to provide sectors facing labour shortages with the workforce they need. Running during 2016-19, SIB should save the state €28 million by the end of 2022. This will come through reduced spending on welfare and integration, and higher tax revenue.

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