When a major accident takes place at sea, efficient cooperation between the authorities of different countries is essential. The EU-funded ChemSAR project involves nine partners from five Baltic countries to develop joint maritime rescue procedures.
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.
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a floating laboratory for development of advanced marine technologies. Situated on the east coast of Gran Canaria, it is the hub of numerous research projects. These cover fields ranging from marine biology to vehicle design.
Founded in 2008, Turbocam România is based at Sântana de Mureş in Romania’s Mureş County. It produces spare parts and high-tech components for generators, turbines and compressors used in the automotive, energy and aeronautical industries. EU funding has enabled the company, which previously only exported components, to start selling integrated units on the international turbine market.
Based in Foligno, in Italy’s Umbria region, Umbria Legno is an innovative start-up using wood as a construction material. As well as being durable and environmentally sustainable, wood reduces energy consumption in buildings. Thanks to EU support, Umbria Legno’s founders were able to get financing on favourable terms and start the business.
Environmental sustainability requires a significant commitment from all economic sectors, including healthcare. In Italy, the challenge has been taken up by the Ca’ Foncello hospital in Treviso where, thanks to support from the Veneto Region and the EU, existing buildings are to be refurbished and new facilities built. This will help the hospital increase energy efficiency, lower carbon dioxide emissions and achieve a high level of eco-sustainability by 2024.
Industrial research, experimental development and technology transfer – these are some of the main aspects of an EU-funded project to promote 10 Technopoles in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. The investment has led to the signing of more than 3,000 contracts between businesses and workshops, turning the region into one of the EU’s main innovation hubs.
The National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria has always been a feather in the region’s cap, but the poor condition of the building has long limited its potential. A renovation project backed by the Calabrian regional administration and the EU has revitalised the museum, which today contributes significantly to the local economy.
The domestic assistance sector can be problematic: recipients of assistance are often left with untrained people, while many assistants find it difficult to integrate and get employed legally. To overcome these obstacles, Italy’s Piedmont Region, together with the EU, has developed a programme that incorporates equal opportunity policies, work and professional training, benefiting more than 26,000 people.
Sicily’s Mediterranean Institute for Transplants and Advanced Specialised Therapies (ISMETT) is the first hospital in Italy built exclusively for transplants and end-stage vital organ failure care. It is recognised as a medical reference point across Europe, as well as being a regional economic driver. Grants from the Sicilian Region and the EU have enhanced the quality of the services ISMETT offers.