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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.


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


Name of the border/

cross-border region

Title of the project/measure



“Eurocaucasus” Transboundary Cooperation Program


EGTC Duero-Douro

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



Via Hanseatica


Euregio Meuse-Rhine (1)

SME Crossborder Cluster Stimulation Programme (GCS)



Hydrogen region Flanders – South Netherlands


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)


Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland

North West Regional Science Park (NWRSP)


“SITE-region” (Hedmark – Dalarna)

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

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

- SITE-Destination project


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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