Energy Store

EU funding for innovation and the EU internal market rules

Wat is het projectidee?

Energy Store is a project team with a fi ne idea. The team comprises municipalities, provincial governments, SMEs as well as a scientific institute in the border regions of Belgium and The Netherlands. The aim of the project is to develop an innovative system for storing wind energy. In order to test the system optimally, a real-life environment needs to be created: a testing ground or so-called living lab.

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Local4Local

Local entrepreneurship meets internal market

What is the idea behind the project?


John is an apple farmer living in the outskirts of town. Each week, his apples are transported to an auction hall some 100 kilometres ahead. Selling his apples in his own town would benefit the environment as well as support the local business community. In other words, directly from the farm to the supermarket around the corner, or to the local market at the square or the restaurant at the canal.

For this reason, the authorities of the province in which John lives, would like to support his Local4local initiative. John is primarily an expert on growing apples, and this is what he spends all his time on. Therefore, he needs help for restructuring his production and distribution processes. Formerly, the entire distribution process was taken care of by the auction hall, but the latter should now be left out. John will have to fi nd new clients in his own town. Nonetheless, his end product must still meet the same requirements. The Provincial authorities would like to grant him a subsidy in order to engage an advisor to help him.

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Small on Small

Local entrepreneurship and de-minimis aid

What is the idea behind the project?


Francine is owner of an organic-food restaurant called “Logisch”. Nearby her restaurant, there is an old unoccupied building, in which she would like to launch a second restaurant. On the roof of this new building, she would be able to grow her own vegetables, fruit and herbs. The municipality is very enthusiastic as well. The municipality encourages local entrepreneurship and sustainability, and because of the high costs and the wish to support local entrepreneurship and sustainability, the municipality is prepared to make a financial contribution. For the renovation of the building, Francine would need an amount of approximately € 240.000,- and for the roof garden another € 20.000,-.

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Urban Habitats

Anima land human habitats in an urban environment

What is the idea behind the project?


In a municipality, there is an industrial area with a high vacancy rate and buildings in a poor condition. The municipality would like a project developer to convert these buildings into commercial owner-occupied homes and social housing. During the period of vacancy, the protected common pipistrelle has taken up possession of this industrial area.

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InstaGreen

Re-use of public service information

What is the idea behind the project?


Martha is an ambitious entrepreneur and owner of an internet company. She hit upon the idea of developing a new app: InstaGreen. With help of this app, people can search for the greenest spot in their environment for recreational purposes. To develop the app, Martha needs various data from the municipality: data on air and water quality, the location of green and parks as well as corresponding facilities (playgrounds, banks, public toilets, etc.). She fi les a request with the municipality to receive these data in digital form, so she may re-use them for her app.

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What-a-Waste

From waste to commodity

What is the idea behind the project?


The water authority wants to deploy a new technology to extract struvite from waste water. Struvite is a substance that can be used as an agricultural fertilizer, either directly on the land or as a commodity for chemical fertilizer. It is the district water authority’s intention to sell the struvite directly to farmers, as well as to a factory that turns it into fertilizer. In this way, the district water authority can still reuse the slurry.

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Growing Power

State aid for environmental innovation

What is the idea behind the project?


A large factory on the outskirts of town emits a large amount of CO2 during its production processes. The factory is looking for possibilities to reduce its CO2 emission. There are possibilities for reuse in horticulture: the CO2 could e.g. be used to stimulate the growth of plants. In that case, greenhouses do not have to make use of natural gas, which results in a substantial reduction of CO2.

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Goverment means business

Housing and area development

What is the idea behind the project?


In a deprived district of a city, there is a vacant building belonging to the Municipal Environment Department. The municipality still pays considerably high charges for the building’s maintenance and security. In order to enhance the district’s standing and quality of life, the municipality intends to sell the building and have it converted into an apartment complex. The idea is that the complex should contain both social housing apartments and commercial owner-occupied and rented apartments. However, the project is unattractive to project developers: because of the building’s location and projected development plan, the project has an operating shortfall.

It appears that there is only one market participant interested in the project, a major project developer operating under the name of Urban Life Company. The developer is not able to fund the operating shortfall itself. Therefore, the municipality would like to provide financial aid to the project developer, in order to still realise the project.

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Access2Fiber

Roll-out of broadband infrastructure

What is the idea behind the project?


The Provincial authorities wish to encourage the roll-out of a fibre network by granting a subsidy. Thus, they intend to provide a fast internet connection to citizens and businesses in outside areas. From a financial perspective, the roll-out of a broadband infrastructure in outside areas is not overly attractive to market participants, primarily because the returns fall short because of the very limited number of connections.

The Provincial authorities have had to facilitate a great number of initiatives, and now they want to invest in connecting rural areas to the Internet. In some cases, subsidies are also needed in the province’s densely populated, urban areas, in order to modernise the existing networks and increase the internet speed (e.g. through the roll-out of a fibre network).

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Within the framework of the Netherlands EU Presidency and the Urban Agenda for the EU (UAEU), knowledge centre Europa decentraal has put together a set of examples of challenges local and regional governments encounter when implementing European law and legislation. This inventory was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

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