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RegioStars Awards identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects that are attractive and inspiring to other regions.

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As of today, people can start voting for the 2018 RegioStars' public choice award, among the 21 finalists shortlisted this year.

The 2018 RegioStars will reward the best Cohesion Policy projects in 5 categories: achieving industrial transition; promoting a low carbon lifestyle; making public services better and more accessible; dealing with migration in the long term; and preserving the EU's cultural heritage.

Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Creţu said: "Each year our RegioStars Awards set the bar higher and higher and show how EU funds can be used in the best possible way. I'm looking forward to meeting the brains and talents behind these 21 great projects". Commissioner Creţu will indeed meet all finalists this afternoon in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The event, which will take place at 16:00 CET in room C4.1 (LOW building), is open to accredited journalists.

The 'RegioStars Awards' is a yearly competition that selects the best Cohesion Policy projects. The winners in all 5 categories will be announced on 9 October, in the context of the 2018 EU week of Cities and Regions.

An expert jury of 15 members, co-chaired by MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij and MEP Kerstin Westphal, has evaluated 102 applications submitted to this year’s competition honouring Europe’s most excellent projects supported by the cohesion policy of the European Union.

The 21 selected finalists come from 20 member states and five further partner countries.

The selected projects per category are the following:

Category 1:

Category 2:

Category 3: 

Category 4:    

Category 5:

 

Voting for this year’s public choice award will start on 3 July!

Further details will follow…

RegioStars Awards 2018

On Tuesday evening the European Commission's RegioStars Awards ceremony took place in Brussels as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities. 

This annual EU-wide competition puts the spotlight on the most innovative and inspiring EU funded projects and illustrates, through concrete real-life examples, how Cohesion Policy supports people's lives through the creation of economic growth and jobs at a regional level.

In addition to bringing recognition to the selected projects, it aims to foster the exchange of best practices between Cohesion Policy practitioners, as well as to inspire other project managers and managing authorities.

Out of 103 applications, an independent expert jury first shortlisted 24 finalists. In a second stage, five winning projects were selected to receive the prestigious RegioStars trophy from the hands of EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu and the RegioStars Jury President, MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij. In addition, this year, 11937 votes were cast for the Public Choice Award! Project Coordination to improve gender-based violence victims' labour market integration and social inclusion won, based on the votes received via social media and from the attendees of the event. Project IPN TecBIS – Technology Business Innovation Sustainable Growth – Business Accelerator and project  Together Beyond Silence (Don’t stay alone in the silence) received a special mention as they were greatly appreciated.  

This year, the submitted projects competed in 5 categories: Smart Specialisation for SME innovation, Energy Union: climate change, Women empowerment and active participation, Education and Training, and CityStars: cities in digital transition.

The 24 selected finalists come from regions and cities in 20 Member States and one neighbouring country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom and many of them address common challenges through cooperation across borders.   

The winners:

Bio Base North West Europe 

A five country-partnership of bio-innovation experts could be crucial to Europe replacing non-renewable resources and developing the bio-based economy. The Bio Base NWE project supported the increased commercialisation of innovation to make North-West Europe a leading player in the emerging bio-economy. This was possible with the cooperation of partners from regions in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. 

"InnoHiili" - Innovative Low-Carbon Public Services

The city of Ii in Finland cut its CO² emissions by half during 2007-15 - the fastest rate in the country. The InnoHiili project is helping the city reach the Finnish Environment Institute’s target of an 80% emissions cut by 2030. But Ii plans to do it 10 years faster thanks to cooperation with all citizens.

Coordination to improve gender-based violence victims' labour market integration and social inclusion

A network of centres in Murcia, Spain supports female victims of gender-based violence. The regional employment and training service gives similar assistance. A project to improve coordination between them ensures more personalised support and a single point of contact.

EkoBiz – Promotion of Youth Entrepreneurship in the Organic Agriculture Sector

A green project in the largely rural Split-Dalmatia region of Croatia is showing young people that they do not have to move to the city to enjoy a bright future.

The EkoBiz project was so popular it exceeded its expectations to train 25 young people in organic farming practices. More than 70 people ended up taking the training and were helped to develop viable business plans.

EkoBiz also encouraged 10 schools and 10 nurseries to develop small-scale projects related to organic farming and agriculture. 

Smart Service Power

A project based in Germany is harnessing an array of IT technologies to help elderly people stay in their own homes for longer. The all-in system should take the pressure off hard-pressed care workers and health providers.

Smart Service Power is looking to integrate functions from the fields of e-health, smart homes, ambient assisted living, emergency call systems and concierge services. The resulting ‘internet-of-things’ platform will make it possible to monitor an elderly individual’s condition and help them live life to the fullest.

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RegioStars 2017

RegioStars Awards put under the spotlights good practices, original and innovative projects in regional development.

Vote for your favourite project to help it win the Public Choice Award! Your vote is decisive! 

 

Today, we announce the finalists for the 2017 edition of the RegioStars Awards, the yearly competition honouring Europe's most inspiring and innovating regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds. 

An independent Jury, led by MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij, selected 24 finalists from 103 entries on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. 

The 24 selected finalists come from regions and cities in 20 Member States and one neighboring country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Many of the finalists are addressing common challenges through cooperation across borders.

The five categories are: 

  • 1 Smart Specialisation for SME innovation
  • 2 Energy Union: Climate Change
  • 3 women empowerment and active participation
  • 4 Education and Training
  • 5 CityStar: Cities in digital transition.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 10th October in Brussels, during the RegioStars Award Ceremony.

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RegioStars Awards identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects that are attractive and inspiring to other regions. 

Think your project deserves to be known and rewarded? Then submit it!

The Award Categories for 2017 are:

1) Smart Specialisation for SME innovation

2) Energy Union: Climate action

3) Women Empowerment and Active Participation

4) Education and training

5) CityStars: Cities in Digital Transition 

This year's RegioStars award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 10, during the 2017 European Week of Regions and Cities

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Improving the public perception of transparency in the use of EU funds was the main goal of the Lithuanian project Jonvabaliai (Fireflies).

The project was centred around an interactive website, hosting a map with projects financed by European Structural Funds. Project managers could, on a voluntarily basis, submit information on their project such as  results, prices, public procurement procedures, company's shareholders, anti-corruption measures, funds management and more. The more information was made public, the more “transparency fireflies” the project would earn.

Since September 2014, more than 630 project managers have joined the initiative following a series of actions which encouraged projects to join. These included an advertising campaign, a contest for municipalities, the possibility to use the initiative’s visual identity, the proposal to join open-project days, the production of road-signs inviting people to visit the projects, as well as a TV-show dedicated to the Fireflies project.

The Fireflies website was visited by 35 500 unique visitors accounting for 140 000 page views and as a result of the project, the proportion of citizens who consider the transparency level on allocation of EU funds’ as “transparent” or “rather transparent” increased from 28% to 50. 9%.

Jonvabaliai (Fireflies) is the "Effective Management" winner of the Regiostars Awards 2016.

 

More Information on the project
Website -  Transparency Initiative Jonvabaliai 
Regiostars 2016

The Academy of Social Economy Development Project was implemented by the Regional Centre for Social Policy in Krakow and co-financed by the European Social Fund.

The project aimed to bring together individuals from marginalised communities or in a difficult situation and organisations which could help them re-integrating into society (such as NGOs, local government representatives, social and employment service, social economy entities) and create a professional and comprehensive support infrastructure for social economy in the Malopolska Region.

Over 1700 individuals benefitted from the project, as well as 245 social economy entities and 203 service entities. In addition, 126 organisations participated in local partnerships, a paper magazine was created and distributed to 1500 persons and 22 study tours were organised as well as 10 social economy events.

Academy of Social Economy Development is the "Inclusive Growth" Regiostar 2016 Awards winnner.

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RegioStars Awards identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects that are attractive and inspiring to other regions.

Think your project deserves to be known and rewarded? Then submit it! You can apply until April 15!

Please note that this year 2 projects can be submitted per programme by the project manager, with the endorsement of the managing authority.

The Award Categories for 2018 are:

  • Supporting smart industrial transition
  • Achieving sustainability through low carbon emissions
  • Creating better access to public services
  • Tackling migration challenges
  • Topic of the year 2018: Investing in cultural heritage

RegioStars 2018 Application Platform 

Applicants Guide PDF  de en  fr

Applicants Form DOC de en fr

FAQ PDF  en

Category 1: Supporting smart industrial transition

Europe experiences a period of momentous change. Globalisation, automation, decarbonisation, emerging and digital technologies all have impacts on jobs, industrial sectors, business models, the economy and the society as a whole. As a result of these changes in the industry and service sectors almost all European regions undergo a substantial regional economic transformation. The European Commission is committed to support regions in developing smart specialisation and economic transformation strategies to generate the innovation, resilience and growth needed to harness globalisation.

Nominations under this category covered a diverse range of issues from harnessing globalisation by providing appropriate answers to local challenges to supporting the region’s long-term smart specialisation strategy through developing strong regional partnerships to reinforce collaboration on the topic.

Category 2: Achieving sustainability through low carbon emissions

Europe's transition to a low-carbon society is becoming the new reality on the ground; the Energy Union, creating new jobs, growth and opportunities for investment, is one of the ten priorities of this Commission. By more than doubling the funds available to support the shift to a low-carbon economy, cohesion policy funding represents the largest allocation of the EU budget to be channelled into low-carbon investments in the period 2014-2020; the policy provides a structural and long-term response to the challenges regions face in relation to energy transition.

RegioStars 2018 encouraged nominations that respond to the necessary shift towards a low-carbon economy and society in order to recognize innovative regional efforts to ensure clear energy development, energy efficiency, develop renewable energy, smart grids, sustainable urban development and building construction.

Category 3: Creating better access to public services

Good access to public services is crucial for economic growth and functioning societies, yet the provision of public services faces new challenges through demographic changes, transitions in labour markets and an on-going digitalisation. Access to services should be delivered based on regional specificities and can be supported by eGovernment. The European Commission is committed to spur innovation and growth throughout the economy by offering a lead market and a platform for private services while reducing red tape and bureaucracy for all residents of Europe. Digital public services in Europe can contribute to more efficiency and transparency, and therefore strengthen trust in governments.

RegioStars aimed at finding projects which help adapt to demographic and societal challenges, are non-discriminative and inclusive, physically accessible, link services, pay special attention to children’s needs and/or offer digital solutions.

Category 4:  Tackling migration challenges

Today’s migration and integration challenges are an important factor in the development of European cities. Therefore, the Urban Agenda for the EU puts emphasis on measures to include migrants and refugees: Cities are places where both migrants and non-migrants interact, be it through working, studying, living or raising their families. Achieving an inclusive and integrated approach tackling urgent, medium and long-term challenges requires multi-level governance. Cities need to be ensured that regulations will have no negative impact on the integration of migrants and refugees, that opportunities are funded and that knowledge exchange on best practices takes place.

This year’s RegioStars competition aimed at recognising the efforts of projects that address the most pressing needs in the scope of integration of people with a migrant background, preferably using an integrated approach and linking integration challenges to economic growth and sustainability.

Category 5: Topic of the year 2018: Investing in cultural heritage

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Cultural heritage and tourism, cultural and creative industries are an important part of Europe’s economy. In the current ERDF programmes, around EUR 6 billion are allocated for investments in the development and promotion of culture assets, services, and cultural heritage, creative industries, etc. with a strong focus on strengthening competitiveness and growth and jobs. The initiatives of the European Commission all acknowledge the direct and indirect economic potential that cultural heritage can imply for regions, through financing the creative sectors, including small and medium enterprises, sustainable and responsible tourism businesses.

This year, RegioStars showcases projects that ensure the preservation of cultural heritage, contribute to smart and sustainable development, provide cultural infrastructure and services, foster the cultural and creative industry, make culture attractive and use culture to unite communities.

Cast your vote for your favourite project!

102 applications have been submitted this year to the RegioStars Awards 2018.
The expert jury is working on determining the most excellent project per category based on merits such as innovative character, impact, sustainability and partnership.

But the project which gathers the most votes here receives also the prestigious Public Choice Award! So do not hesitate, see for yourself which your favourite project is and cast your vote until midnight 7 October!


Instalação do i3S (i3S Installation)
Norte, Portugal

pt

Business and Shared Services Centre
Centro, Portugal

pt

Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies
West Wales and the Valleys, United Kingdom

The Center for Microscopy and Molecular Imaging
Wallonia, Belgium

de  fr  nl

RE-CEREAL
Kärnten, Salzburg and Tirol in Austria and Bolzano, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy, Interreg Italy - Austria

de  it


TeKiDe – textile fibre recycling
Helsinki-Uusimaa, Finland

fi

SAVEMYBIKE
Tuscany, Italy

it

Interreg Sudoe ClimACT
Sudoe region, Portugal, Spain, France, United Kingdom

es  fr  pt

Batteries for the Future
Thuringia, Germany

de


Social Housing in the City of Ostrava
Moravia-Silesian Region, Czech Republic

cs

Health is the most important thing
Warmia and Mazury region, Kaliningrad region, Interreg ENPI-CBC Lithuania - Poland - Russia

pl

ReproUnion
Öresund - Kattegat - Skagerrak, Interreg ÖKS Denmark-Sweden

da sv 

The Youth Guarantee
Latvia

lv

Kastelo
Norte, Portugal

pt


Integrated health and social centers
Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

de  fr  nl

Labour Integration and Social Inclusion of Refugees
Murcia, Spain

es


Nant Gwrtheyrn
West Wales and the Valleys, United Kingdom

Rehabilitation and restoration of Cittadella Gozo
Malta

mt

Raised Bogs – a Unique European Area
Nowosądecki - Žilinský kraj, Interreg Poland-Slovakia

pl  sk

Vista Alegre Heritage Museum
Centro, Portugal

pt

Iron-Age-Danube
Danube Region, Interreg Danube (Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia)

de   hr  hu  sk   sl

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