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Euregio Meuse-Rhine winner of the AEBR Award "Sail of Papenburg" 2014:



 
The "Sail of Papenburg 2014" is handed over to representatives of Euregio Meuse-Rhine (source: Dr. Reinhold Kolck)

Topic of the AEBR Award 2014 was "Innovation and Research - Cross-Border Regional Development through Public-Private Partnership". Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, was patron of the Sail of Papenburg 2014. In total, 9 applications were submitted from different European border and cross-border regions. The international jury finally decided to award the „SME Crossborder Cluster Stimulation Programme (GCS)“ of Euregio Meuse-Rhine, because this project shows outstanding initiatives for cross-border development through public-private partnerships, which can be an example for other cross-border regions in Europe. The award was handed over on the occasion of the AEBR Annual Conference on 12 September 2014 in Rzeszów/Poland.

Some key facts about „SME Crossborder Cluster Stimulation Programme (GCS)“: 

  • The GCS cross-border cluster stimulation programme is the extension of the Top-Technology Cluster initiative (TTC). TTC is a joint cross border initiative to support technology-oriented companies, especially SMEs, to find the right partners and to establish sustainable business cooperation across the borders.
  • GCS finances cross-border open innovation projects between technology-oriented small and medium-sized enterprises in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine area since 2011.
  • Innovation projects are understood as cooperative projects ot SMEs (as defined in the EU recommendation 2003/361) in the field of industrial research and experimental development.
  • The Business Development Support track aims at supporting the development of concrete demand driven innovation projects that can lead to added value through organising in-depth-interviews, structured generation of ideas and pooling of business innovation experts and specialists.
  • The fund is aimed at SMEs in the fields of health/life sciences, high-tech systems as well as advanced materials/chemistry. Knowledge institutions and large companies can also participate.
  • In the past period GCS has supported 22 projects with €4.7 million. Total project costs were €13.2 million. 87 parties participated in these projects.



CROSS BORDER AWARD 2014

Overview of the applications received (click on the project name to open the file):

No.

Name of the border/

cross-border region

Title of the project/measure

1

Azerbaijan

“Eurocaucasus” Transboundary Cooperation Program

2

EGTC Duero-Douro

Energetic Efficiency in Public Lighting of the Border: Duero-Douro Consumer Center

3

Estonia-Latvia-Russia

Via Hanseatica

4

Euregio Meuse-Rhine (1)

SME Crossborder Cluster Stimulation Programme (GCS)

5

Flanders-Netherlands

Hydrogen region Flanders – South Netherlands

6

Municipality of Rhodes (South Aegean Region)

DIAVLOS (Creation and evaluation of a unified design methodology and development of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for medium sized ISLAND cities)

7

Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland

North West Regional Science Park (NWRSP)

8

“SITE-region” (Hedmark – Dalarna)

- GREEN – Bordercrossing energy efficiency project (2008-2010)

- GREEN2020 – Bordercrossing energy efficiency project (2011-2014)

- SITE-Destination project

9

Trinational Metropolitan Region of the Upper Rhine

Science Offensive

 

 

The call for the Sail of Papenburg 2015 will be released during summer 2015. 

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