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EU funded projects

94% of the EU budget supports researchers, businesses, regions, young and other projects


Too little is known about the concrete projects on the ground and how they bring about concrete results and benefits for citizens and businesses as well as for the wider European economy. This non-exhaustive list of good EU projects gives you an idea. The EU supports solutions to traffic and environmental problems in European cities, it spurs economic and social development in poorer regions supports the unemployed and helps to progress in cancer research amongst other initiatives. Small and medium sized enterprises receive support to innovate.

Some of the examples of education and cultutral funded projects are:

The European Capitals of Culture: two examples from the UK

Two British cities have already been designated as European Capitals of Culture: Liverpool (2008) and Glasgow (1990). Under the motto ´the world in one city´ and with reference to the EU Year of Intercultural Dialogue, Liverpool 2008 featured 7 000 cultural events, activities and projects. The local authorities took this opportunity to complete a large programme of restoration of the city. A particularly designed Volunteer Programme gave people of the working-class district of Merseyside the chance to train as city hosts, thus showing how culture can support community engagement. With more than 10 million people attending cultural events, all major cultural organisations in Liverpool registered significant increases in visitor figures in 2008. According to the Liverpool City Region, these visits generated a reported GBP 800 million of economic impact from the European Capital of Culture year, making a case for the importance of cultural investment.

Literature across frontiers – Funding: EUR 1 384 620

This project aims to promote literature written in less widely-used languages and at encouraging translation and promotion of international literary events. It stimulates debate on innovative approaches to literary promotion, provides support for the training of literary translators working in less widely-used languages and creates opportunities for collaboration amongst organisations and institutions active in this field. Lead organiser is the Aberystwyth University´s Mercator centre (UK). Co-organisers come from Malta, Belgium, Spain, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Germany, Turkey, Poland, Greece, Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Portugal and Cyprus. 

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