Stories of Changing Regions webdocumentary

Interregional cooperation can be illustrated through facts [90% of EU regions involved in cooperation], figures [2276 partner organisations cooperating] or outcomes [over 3000 good practices identified]. But at the heart of cooperation are the men and women who want to do more, or do better, by building links and learning from others.

We wanted them to tell their story, to show us how interregional cooperation has impacted their region, city or villages.

The result is "Stories of Changing Regions" - an interactive online site for you to explore. Find out how a city surrounded by water is constantly striving to find better ways of involving locals to deal with climate change; how an elderly rural patient can have his condition monitored from home by the hospital; how residents of a small village in Sweden were inspired to boost their tourist economy; or how a Warsaw resident's commute has gotten easier thanks to the city's improvements in public transport. 

Go directly to www.changing-regions.eu to start your journey with Age Niels, Ignasi, Tamás or Äsa, or have a peek at the videos below.

Living in the nature

Meet Äsa Ängsback, International strategist at the Dalarna Region, Sweden. Through her participation in the PADIMA project, the Dalarna Region in Sweden is supporting the creation of 'home hotels' in villages like Sundborn as part of its strategy to counter the effects demographic change is having in this remote, mountainous region. Improving the economic outlook of such villages will allow workers to stay and encourage those who have left to return.

Inspired by the approach of Ornica in Italy through cooperation in the PADIMA project, Dalarna is using the best in European practices to ensure the region not only survives, but thrives. Just ask the residents of Sundborn!

A town on the move

Tamás Dombai heads up the section for research and analysis at the Warsaw Public Transport Authority. Thanks to his cooperation in the CAPRICE project, Warsaw has introduced integrated ticketing, a state-of-the-art transport planner (inspired by Berlin) and developed links with European counterparts to keep abreast of the latest developments.

Warsaw inhabitants may not see all the 'behind the scenes' policy work, but they sure do appreciate that their daily commute has gotten that little bit easier...!

Welcome to the 'homespital'

Ignasi Garcia-Mila Vidal, EU project manager at the TicSalut Foundation, took part in the Regional Telemedicine Forum project. Finding ways of monitoring patients using technology such as smartphones and laptops can make a big difference in patient care and costs for a rural community hospital such as Mataró (Spain). The pilot tele-monitoring service tested for patients such as Manuel Lopez Carrero, with chronic lung disease, means he can be safely checked up from the comfort of his own home.

While the regulatory and organisational challenges are substantial, trials such as this one allow many more regions to make advances.

Towards a cooler city

In a city surrounded by water, Age Niels Holstein, programme manager on European projects at Stadsdeel Amsterdam Nieuw-West, is constantly striving to find better ways of involving locals to deal with climate change. Cooperating in the GRaBs project gave this Dutch district the opportunity to share what they have learned in Amsterdam, and to integrate new techniques inspired by European partners.

The residents of Amsterdam Nieuw-West may not fully realise the impact their local activities have on a European scale!

Find your own INTERREG story

The interactive map of Europe - called 'My INTERREG' - contains bonus video material giving a glimpse into five other projects:

  • Marne-La-Vallée Val Maubuée (France) share their vision on European Landscapes Management as part of the EUROSCAPES project
  • Lombardy (Italy) work on improving environmental conditions in suburban areas as part of the PERIURBAN Parks project
  • Munich (Germany) detail how they improved the governance of the European Entrepreneurship Network as part of the IMAGEEN project
  • Graz (Austria) outline why sustaining hydro assessment and groundwater recharge projects is important for them in the SHARP project
  • Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) give an example of upgrading the innovation capacity of existing firms via the ERIK Action project

There are details on each country's participation in cooperation networks, and the contact details of the national representative of INTERREG IVC.

Learn more about the INTERREG IVC programme ‘IN 10 STEPS’ and test your knowledge with our fun ‘QUIZ’. Interested in knowing more about the good practices shared across Europe? Click on ‘GOOD PRACTICES’ to discover a database with over 800 entries.

As of 31 December 2015, this website is no longer updated. Follow news on interregional cooperation at www.interregeurope.eu