Europe in My Region

You feel charmed and angry at the same time when visiting Venaria Royal Palace, in the outskirts of Turin, before and after it was renovated. The first sensation you experience is that you are looking at a wonder. Indeed, reclaiming this masterpiece, which was deteriorated by people rather than time, was a wonder. What is… » read more

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The next beautiful place I want to tell you about is the region of the Rhodope Mountains near the town of Smolyan. This is a repost of Село Кошница, Дядова ряка и извора на река Арда, originally published by Nelly Miteva (@nmiteva2003, Facebook) and submitted to the Europe in My Region 2016 blogging competition. We… » read more

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  1 million EUR. left the coffers of the Calabria Regional Administration for some imprudent (to say the least) operations in late 2015. This is a repost of Fondi europei: per la Calabria “polpetta avvelenata” da un milione di euro, originally published in Italian on the sole24ore blog by Giuseppe Chiellino (@chigiu) and submitted to… » read more

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Nikos, our host, is concerned about the weather – we are on a trip to Almopia, invited to explore its picturesque landscape and cultural heritage. He wants nature to be at its best, and it’s gray, drizzling, raining outright, dark and moody sometimes, pearl gray like an oyster others. The sun does not show, not… » read more

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There’s a connection between the latest disaster in Genoa and the EU funds many Regional Administrations (mainly in Southern Italy) have plenty of and fail to spend.   This is a repost of L’alluvione di Genova e i fondi europei non spesi: due selfie di un Paese ingabbiato, originally published in Italian on the sole24ore… » read more

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An Example Project

There are over 700,000 people with disabilities in Romania. Various disabilities. The country’s stable population is slightly over 21 million, according to the latest census. That’s over 700,000 people to whom the government pays social welfare and allowances (or whatever they’re called) from non-disabled taxpayers’ money – and that’s about all they get. This is… » read more

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Physics, the fascinating branch of science, had enthralled me from the very first class in school. This is a repost of Fascinația științei, originally published in Romanian by Monica Tonea (Facebook), and submitted to the Europe in My Region 2016 blogging competition. I was lucky to have as my teacher a complex, humane person, unlike… » read more

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If you’ve had a chance to look at my interactive map of EU projects in the Hauts-de-France region, you will have seen that the Louvre-Lens museum received co-financing from Europe. Here’s a spotlight on an extraordinary project. This is a repost of L’Europe dans ma région : le Musée du Louvre-Lens, originally published in French… » read more

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A few days ago, I found the DG Regio Newsletter in my work emails, and learned that the European Commission wants bloggers to tell their stories about local projects implemented with EU financial support. The authors of the three most interesting posts will be invited to attend The European Week of Regions and Cities —… » read more

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New ventures valued over $1 billion are called Unicorns. The cumulative Unicorn valuation in the U.S. since 2014 is $323.6 billion; the same figure in Europe is only $35.9 billion. That’s a valuation of $1.01 per capita for the USA and only $0.05 for Europe, a difference of 21x. What’s going on? This is a… » read more

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