To help counteract climate change, the EU is backing the German town of Emmendingen’s ‘Emmendingen Energy House’ campaign. The campaign supports residents wanting to cut energy use by renovating their homes, including through technical consultancy and a network of building modernisation professionals.
Backed by the EU since 2013, the technology workshop and new factory at Albstadt, Germany provide support for start-ups and networking opportunities. Together with local universities and medium-sized companies, the workshop helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful businesses. Through its training offer, it is tackling the dearth of technology specialists and encouraging lifelong learning.
The German city of Mannheim is actively shaping structural change through an integrated, long-term development strategy which the EU has supported since 2000. Activities focus on creation and expansion of things like start-up centres and centres of excellence, as well as adaptation of disused industrial sites.
A ground-breaking Greek company is paving the way for increased use of technology in agriculture. EU funding was vital in helping it get started.
In May 2018, EU data protection rules were amended. Swedish company Secure Appbox had understood early on that new tools would be required to ensure compliance and has developed them with EU financial support.
Wines from the Herdade do Rocim estate, which comprises around 70 hectares of vineyard in Portugal’s Alentejo region, are now available in 27 countries. EU investment has helped to increase production and strengthen the position of Alentejo’s wines.
An EU-funded Latvian project is using uncultivated agricultural land, which would otherwise become overgrown, to produce biogas and biofuel. Protection and restoration of grasslands is another aspect of the project.
A dance school in Luxembourg City run by two tango enthusiasts from Argentina and Japan is expanding thanks to microcredit. Without the support of the EU’s European Investment Fund the school may well have had to close its doors.
A new section of Slovakia’s D1 motorway has increased comfort and safety for road users and speeded up journeys between the capital, Bratislava and Košice, the country’s second city. EU funds have made a major contribution to its construction.