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.
EU funds have contributed to the restoration of the Alba Carolina citadel in Alba Iulia and the transformation of the historic part of the city. This has made Alba Iulia one of Romania’s most important tourist destinations, both for Romanians and foreign visitors. It has also created an economic environment in which local entrepreneurs can develop businesses and generate employment.
3 out of 4 visually impaired people in Europe are jobless, often because they have no access to digital information in the workplace. Tactile graphics display Tactonom will change that by enabling them to access digital content by touch. The EU is investing in the development and market launch of this technology.
Antibiotic resistance kills 33,000 people a year in Europe. To tackle it, French company Pherecydes Pharma has created natural alternatives to antibiotics using bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria. EU financing has enabled the company to build a production site where it can manufacture this new kind of medication.