[25 May 2010] "Regions for Economic Change - Building Sustainable Growth": Presentations and photos now online on the conference website
[21 May 2010] And the winner is…
The winners of the “RegioStars” 2010 were announced on 20 May in Brussels during the annual “Regions for Economic Change” conference. Awards were given to the most innovative regional projects which had received funding from the EU’s cohesion policy. A jury made up of renowned professionals in regional development choose the six winners from the record 87 applications, which saw Genk (Belgium), Auvergne (France), Brandenburg (Germany), East-Mid Sweden, and two projects from Lithuania being decorated for their efforts. More
The "Regions for Economic Change" initiative promoting good practice began in 2006 just before the start of the current programming period (2007-2013) of European cohesion policy programmes. The initiative emerged as a result of a general recognition of the need for a more coordinated approach to good practice exchange and more effective networking among regions to contribute to improving the quality of cohesion policy programmes.
Closely linked to the Territorial Cooperation objective, the "Regions for Economic Change" initiative introduces new ways to dynamise regional and urban networks and to help them work closely with the Commission, test innovative ideas and enable a rapid transfer into the Convergence, Regional Competitiveness and Employment, and European Territorial cooperation programmes. It also encompasses communication activities such as a web site, a database of case studies and the RegioStars Awards scheme (with CityStars categories). Financing for the network projects linked to the initiative is possible under INTERREG IVC, the 2007-2013 interregional cooperation programme, and URBACT II, the 2007-2013 cooperation programme on urban issues.
[10 May 2010] Conference registration closed.
The online registration for the conference has been closed. All workshops are fully booked.
However, it will still be possible to attend the political forum and the RegioStars awards on 20 May starting at 15.00. Registration (for the political forum and RegioStars awards only) will be still possible on site at the conference location (Square meeting, Rue Ravenstein 2, 1000 Brussels, entrance via the glass cube on Rue Mont des arts) centre between 14.00-15.00.
[05 March 2010] Regions for Economic Change annual conference "Regions For Economic Change – Building sustainable growth", 20-21 May: Registration is now possible.
[10 December 2009] The Regions for Economic Change annual conference will be held on 20-21 May. Entitled "Regions For Economic Change – Building sustainable growth", the conference will have three main themes: a) sustainable energy; b) sustainable ICT solutions and c) greening Europe's cities.
The conference will include a high-profile political event with keynote speakers, politicians and practitioners discussing the future of European cohesion policy within the new EU2020 framework. Specific thematic workshops will examine the challenges, opportunities and policy responses for each of the three main themes of the conference. Finally, the new Commissioner for Regional Policy will present the prestigious 'RegioStars' awards 2010 to projects displaying good European practice and innovation in regional policy.
More than 500 participants from regions all over Europe are expected to discuss how European cohesion policy and its instruments can help regions to learn from one another. Through nine workshops, the event will showcase strategies, experiences and projects intended to provide learning and networking opportunities for Structural Funds managing authorities.
Registration for the conference will be possible from mid February onwards. The conference programme can be found here.