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Three EU projects in Hamburg presented

Energiebunker Wilhelmsburg, Energieberg Georgswerder and project on housing in old age are part of "Europe in my region" event series

Three projects underway in Hamburg and funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are to be presented to the public as part of an event series entitled “Europe in my region” involving 22 EU members and ten German states. Senator Frank Horch said: “The EU funds are an important part of our policy. Hamburg can use them to set priorities for development in future.”

Landfill to become mound of renewable energy

Hamburg Energie turned the former air-raid shelter in Wilhelmsburg into an “energiebunker” using ERDF funds. It now supplies Wilhelmsburg with heating from an innovative mix of regenerative heat sources. The concept can be viewed as part of a guided tour.

The Energieberg Georgswerder, which has become a regenerative hill of energy thanks to an ERDF-funded project, is now attracting many residents and environmentally interested people.

EUR 55 million from ERDF

A final project entitled “Networked District Housing (Vernetztes Wohnen im Quartier) will be presented on May 18. This project aims to improve the acceptance and effectiveness of assisted systems by developing and testing a growing, district-linked, transferrable product-servicing system. The model apartments emerging from this project can also be viewed during a tour organised by Pflegen & Wohnen Hamburg GmbH.

The funds from a newly operating programme, ERDF-Hamburg 2014-2020 are concentrated in research, development and innovation as well as efforts by companies to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. A total of EUR 55 million in ERDF funds is available.”

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About Europe Week

Europe Week is held every year in spring and is celebrated in Hamburg and across Europe as well. The event is based on two parameters: May 5, 1949 is the day on which the Council of Europe was founded and on May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schumann laid the foundation for the European Coal and Steel Community, the precursor of the European Union. Together, both days are referred to as “Europe Days”. The official Europe Week is held in Hamburg from April 30-May 9, 2016. Many diverse Europe-themed events are held independent of this week as well. This year, the future of Europe and the continent’s internal borders are of special interest. The entire programme can be downloaded from

About ERDF

The European Regional Development Fund was established to remove regional imbalances and to boost economic and social cohesion in the EU. ERDF funds are concentrated in research and innovation, the digital agenda, supporting SMEs and striving towards an economy low in carbon dioxide. Funds are allocated depending on categories of regions. In developed regions, at least 80 per cent of funds must be concentrated in two of the aforementioned priorities, 60 per cent in transitional regions and 50 per cent in poorly developed regions. For more information, see:

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