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30/04/2016

Reaching SDGs from the ground up

Regional Policy


Regional Policy 25-04-2016

Majority of Austrians support increased border checks

Three quarters of Austrians are in favour of increased border security. The alpine republic's new interior minister is set to meet with South Tyrol's governor, with this pertinent information in his back pocket. EurActiv Germany reports.

Will Smart Specialisation impact Europe’s textile regions?

In the EU Cohesion Policy programming for 2014-2020, Smart Specialisation Strategies are a new tool for regions to design their investment in research and innovation. Europe’s leading textile regions united in RegioTex initiative to realise this potential, writes Lutz Walter.
Trade & Society 19-04-2016

New study plays down economic impact of Schengen border controls

The reintroduction of border controls could cost Europe up to €15 billion a year, according to a team of Munich-based economic researchers. But unlike other experts, they report that this figure is manageable, however unwieldy it might seem. EurActiv Germany reports.

Global Europe 14-04-2016

Refugee country ‘safe lists’ complicated by European disunity

The Geneva Convention clearly defines where can be considered a "safe country of origin", but the refugee crisis has complicated the issue and thrust it back into the limelight. EurActiv’s partner treffpunkteuropa.de reports.
Sports 08-04-2016

Planned racetrack in Wales scuppered by EU state aid law

The future of a proposed motorsport venue in South Wales has been called into question after the Welsh government concluded that it would be unable to underwrite the site’s construction costs.

Regional Policy 05-04-2016

Southern regions found lacking in new Commission index

Publication of the EU’s social progress index (SPI) has shown that many areas of the bloc still have work to do at a regional level. EurActiv Italy reports.

EU money should not help destroy Bulgaria’s Kresna Gorge

The Bulgarian government is planning to carve a major motorway through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, one of Europe’s richest nature havens, using EU funds. The consequences for wildlife and the local community could be damaging, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

MEPs find €10 billion for refugees in unspent EU funds

EXCLUSIVE /  Up to €10 billion could be found to help alleviate the refugee crisis by using unspent cash left over from the European Union budget.
Agriculture & Food 17-03-2016

Austrian winemakers defy EU law

The EU’s zeal for regulation can lead it into some strange conflicts. Recently it has found itself in dispute with Austrian viticulturists over a regional brand of wine. EurActiv Germany reports.
Regional Policy 15-03-2016

Turkey blackmails Bulgarian municipalities over the Armenian genocide

Three Bulgarian municipalities will not receive EU funding under the cross-border cooperation programs between Bulgaria and Turkey. The reason is that Turkey bans partnerships with municipalities who recognise the Armenian genocide.
Health & Consumers 04-03-2016

Bucharest found wanting in regional policy implementation

Romanian Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu has criticised her own country for lagging behind in crucial areas such as health, citing a case in which three hospitals have not been built, despite receiving EU funding. EurActiv Romania reports.
Agriculture & Food 04-03-2016

Spanish fishermen go on pilgrimage to protest law change

Thousands of people braved the Spanish rain to protest in the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela over the regional government's alleged betrayal of its all-important fishing industry.


Euro & Finance 02-03-2016

Is cohesion policy under threat?

Cohesion Policy, the European Union’s main investment policy tool, is soon to face a struggle for survival. One that could threaten the core values of solidarity and convergence of regional disparities on which the EU has been built up, write Nikos Lampropoulos and Francesco Molica.
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Regional Policy 04-12-2015

Utrecht-Leon initiative boosts Nicaraguan city

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / An attractive and colourful new district of León, Nicaragua’s second city, where 20,000 people live, was created thanks to an initiative in cooperation with Utrecht.
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Regional Policy 03-12-2015

Spain's Leganés lends a hand to the world’s most vulnerable

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / For the citizens of the Spanish municipality of Leganés, in the autonomous community of Madrid, solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable populations is second nature. EurActiv Spain reports.
Regional Policy 02-12-2015

Commission to help fund Spanish rail expansion

The European Commission has announced that it will invest in the expansion of Spain's high-speed rail network. EurActiv Spain reports.
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Regional Policy 02-12-2015

Climate change: German and South African cities to tackle threat together

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / In the fight against climate change, local communities are of crucial importance. The cities of Bremen and Durban have teamed up to share expertise and technical know-how in a project that is beneficial for all involved. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Regional Policy 01-12-2015

Paris teams up with Johannesburg to draft climate strategy

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / South Africa’s economic capital wants to develop an ambitious climate strategy, following in the footsteps of Paris, the first French city to adopt a similar strategy in 2007. EurActiv France reports
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Regional Policy 30-11-2015

San Jeronimo and Edegem are proud of their compost project

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / The partnership between the Belgian town of Edegem, and the Peruvian municipality of San Jeronimo has been so successful that many other localities in the Latin American country come to visit and study the project that composts organic waste and uses it for agriculture.
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Regional Policy 26-11-2015

Regions push for ‘bottom-up’ approach to climate change mitigation

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Ahead of COP21, EU cities and regions are seeking a bigger role and an expanded toolbox to implement any climate agreement reached in Paris.
UK & Europe 02-11-2015

How a 'Brexit' could unravel the Northern Ireland peace process

If the UK were to vote to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum the implications would be many and varied. Some of these implications have received coverage, others have not, warns Paul Brannen.
Regional Policy 16-10-2015

Alpine macroregion close to launch

The EUSALP project moves closer towards reality, while its maritime cousin, EUSAIR, struggles to provide results. EurActiv Italy reports.
Regional Policy 15-10-2015

Regions ask for EU assistance to tackle refugee crisis

The European regions mostly hit by the unfolding refugee crisis have asked more help from Brussels in order to deliver their “humane” and “technical” goals. EurActiv Greece reports.   
Regional Policy 09-10-2015

Reaching SDGs from the ground up

Hundreds, thousands of towns and regions from every continent are working at their level, for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes Frédéric Vallier.