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Johannes Hahn at Regiostars 2010«Les régions, actrices du changement économique» est une initiative de la Commission européenne visant à mettre en évidence les bonnes pratiques dans le domaine du développement urbain et régional, en accordant une attention toute particulière à l’innovation. Elle entend également accélérer le transfert de bonnes pratiques en vue d’améliorer la qualité et l’impact des programmes communautaires de développement régional ainsi que leur mise en œuvre par les États membres et les régions de l’Union européenne. Elle soutient les objectifs politiques de l’UE en matière de croissance intelligente, durable et inclusive, tels qu’ils sont définis par la stratégie UE 2020.

«Les régions, actrices du changement économique» est une plate-forme d’apprentissage destinée aux régions de l’UE. Elle comprend la tenue annuelle d’une conférence sur le thème «Les régions, actrices du changement économique» et l’attribution des prix RegioStars, une base de données pour l’apprentissage politique et des réseaux fast-track interrégionaux, financés par les programmes INTERREG IVC et URBACT II. Ces réseaux expérimentent des idées novatrices et contribuent à leur injection rapide dans des politiques et programmes régionaux. En tant que telle, cette initiative devrait également inspirer de nombreux concepts et idées liés aux stratégies régionales de «spécialisation intelligente» ainsi qu’optimiser le potentiel d’innovation régional.

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Les finalistes des RegioStars 2011 et les catégories des prix 2012 sont connus

Les RegioStars sont des récompenses qui, dans le cadre d’une cérémonie annuelle, priment les projets innovants soutenus par la politique régionale de l’UE. Le jury des RegioStars 2011, présidé par Ann Mettler, a désigné 31 finalistes répartis dans cinq catégories. L’édition 2011 a attiré 66 candidatures de promoteurs de projet et de régions de 18 États membres pour les catégories RegioStars et CityStar. Pour consulter la liste et un descriptif des finalistes, consultez notre brochure.

Les gagnants seront annoncés lors de la conférence «Les régions, actrices du changement économique» du 23 juin 2011.

Cette année, pour la première fois, un vote public en ligne a été lancé pour la catégorie «Photo».

L’appel à candidature pour l’édition 2012 des RegioStars est désormais ouvert jusqu’au 15 juillet 2011.

(11 November 2010) Your ideas for the Regions for Economic Change Conference 2011

The Regions for Economic Change initiative launched in 2006 has been a key learning experience for many regions and their Managing Authorities through its Fast Track Networks, the Regio Stars Awards and the annual conferences, engaging regional development professionals from across Europe in the exchange of experience and thematic learning.

To further strengthen its learning aspect, we have upgraded our good practice database as a "Policy learning Database" with the inclusion of ex-post evaluations and we are planning to rebrand Regions for Economic Change as a policy learning platform for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the regions.

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We also plan to dedicate our forthcoming Regions for Economic Change conference, planned for 23-24 June 2011, to the themes of smart growth and smart specialisation alongside the 4 thematic achievements highlighted by the RegioStars awards (Clusters and SME Internationalisation, Sustainable Energy Strategies, Anticipating Economic Change, Integrated Clean Transport) and some other 1 or 2 themes, probably from the social field, such as community based care and integrated housing projects.

As in previous years the aim of this conference is to gather regional development professionals, in particular from the SF Managing Authorities of EU MS and regions, and to highlight and discuss ERDF-funded good practice. Other target groups are DG Regio country desks, other Commission DGs with an interest in Regional Policy, Brussels-based regional offices and networks as well as other EU stakeholders, such as the European Parliament, Committee of the Regions, European networks, etc.

We know from previous evaluations that our audience is most interested in hearing about good practices and about other information for professional use. The networking aspect is so far not so prominent in the participant feedback, but we think this may be strengthened in the future, also depending on the conference format.

To this end we are now soliciting proposals and ideas from the regions for this conference, using exclusively the “smart growth" forum of our EU 2020 network. Please share your thoughts and suggestions on how to best make our annual conference an interesting and enriching policy learning experience based on your needs and our ambitions for an EU regional policy that empowers all regions to maximise their innovation potential and contribute to the EU 2020 goals.

(18 October 2010) RegioStars Awards 2011 – the countdown begins

The high-level jury nominated to select the finalists and winners among 66 entries in 5 categories for the RegioStars Awards 2011 has started its work at a meeting in Brussels held at DG Regio’s headquarters on 18 October 2010.

"We are quite aware that nobody takes the Lisbon Strategy more serious than the regions. Through this award we get to name and fame exciting projects and showcase them around Europe". said jury president Ann Mettler, CEO of the Lisbon Council at the meeting.

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In the coming months the Jury will meet to discuss and select the short list of finalists and then the best of the nominated regional development projects for next year's awards. The awards will be presented by Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn at a ceremony alongside the Regions for Economic Change conference in June 2011.

(6 October 2010) Regions on the way to smart specialisation and the Innovation Union

The EU has set three interrelated goals as part of its Europe 2020 strategy: smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. All of these goals need ownership by cities and regions and EU regional policy is a key mechanism for delivering these goals.

Together with the Communication on the Innovation Union Flagship the European Commission has, therefore, published on 6 October 2010 a Communication on 'Regional Policy contributing to smart growth in Europe 2020' with the aim to align Regional Policy closely with the Europe 2020 goals, enhance the impact of the policy for regional innovation and competitiveness and to help regions in making more synergetic use of different EU funding opportunities to support their strategies.

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Among others, it recommends that regions develop ‘smart specialisation strategies’ and focus ERDF expenditure on the most promising growth areas in each region identified in these strategies. To advise regions in developing and peer-reviewing such strategies and get access to expert advice, a smart specialisation platform is currently being developed by the Commission services to be launched by 2012.

(26 October 2010) RIM provides regions with benchmarking and learning tool

The Regional Innovation Monitor (RIM) was launched by the European Commission on 26 October.  The site was developed by contractors on behalf of DG Enterprise. 

The RIM is a powerful policy learning and benchmarking tool for regional innovation policy makers. It contains regional profiles of 200 regions and a description of their key innovation support measures and related documents. It allows for thematic searches at national and regional level. Registered users can also organise their own library of relevant documents, as well as rating the quality of the information and commenting.

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It also offers 2 benchmarking tools, an easy-access standard benchmarking tool and an interactive expert benchmarking tool. 43 standard indicators are so far included. Users can create different types of charts to illustrate their region's comparative performance


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