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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.

 

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Website -  Transparency Initiative Jonvabaliai 
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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.

The Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster project was launched in 2009 to ensure smart growth, innovation and cooperation among Danish cleantech firms and knowledge institutions. The overall vision of the project was to develop Region Zealand and the Capital Region of Denmark into one of the world’s leading cleantech clusters, creating superior value for the participating cluster companies and the scientific community by creating valuable networks involving a wide range of participants, including knowledge institutions, industry promoters, leading cleantech companies and public authorities.

Through a focused effort, the project created 1096 jobs, supported 126 start-ups and facilitated many new cooperations and partnerships. After having merged with another Danish Lean Energy Cluster, the organisation now has over 170 members and holds the GOLD label in Cluster Management Excellence.

Cleantech is the "Smart Growth" Regiostar 2016 winnner.

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

This yearly 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 the creation of economic growth and jobs.

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

Out of 104 applications, an independent expert jury first shortlisted 23 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, the project Circular Ocean received a “Public Choice Award”, based on the votes from attendees to the event.  

This year, the submitted projects competed in 5 categories: support to businesses operating in the global economy, social inclusion strategies, the circular economy, sustainable urban development and finally, a new category dedicated to projects looking at innovative solutions to manage EU funds more effectively. 

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Winners of Regiostars Awards 11E50 - EWRC Official reception and RegioStars Award Ceremony RegioSars Press Conference

The winners:

CATEGORY 1 -  SMART GROWTH: Emerging opportunities in the global economy
COPENHAGEN CLEANTECH CLUSTER (Denmark / Capital Region of Denmark): Project Fiche - Video

CATEGORY 2 - SUSTAINABLE GROWTH - Circular Economy
CENTRO BIO: BIO-INDUSTRIES, BIOREFINERIES AND BIOPRODUCTS (Portugal / Centro): Project Fiche - Video 

CATEGORY 3 - INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Integrated living – building inclusive and non-segregated communities
ACADEMY OF SOCIAL ECONOMY (Poland / Malopolska Region)  Project Fiche - Video

CATEGORY 4 – CITYSTAR: Sustainable urban development
REVITALIZATION OF LOWER TOWN DISTRICT IN GDANSK (Poland / Pomorskie Voivodeship) Project Fiche - Video

CATEGORY 5 - EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT: Making a difference by managing differently
TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE JONVABALIAI (FIREFLIES) (Lithuania) Project Fiche - Video 

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Today, we announce the finalists for the 2016 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 RegioStars Awards Jury, led by MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij as Jury President, selected 23 finalists from 104 entries on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. 

The 23 selected finalists come from regions and cities in 14 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 

The five categories are: Cat. 1 Smart Growth: Emerging opportunities in the global economy; Cat. 2 Sustainable Growth: Circular Economy; Cat. 3 Inclusive Growth: Integrated living – building inclusive communities; Cat. 4 CityStar: Innovative solutions for sustainable urban development; Cat. 5 Effective management: Making a difference by managing differently. 

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11 October in Brussels, during the RegioStars Award Ceremony.

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Until 19 April, regions can submit their applications online for the RegioStars Awards, which honour each year Europe's most inspiring and innovative projects supported by Cohesion Policy funds.

This year the jury will select an EU-funded project in each of the following five categories:

Cat. 1 Smart Growth: Emerging opportunities in the global economy

Cat. 2 Sustainable Growth: Circular Economy

Cat. 3 Inclusive Growth: Integrated living – building inclusive and non-segregated communities

Cat. 4 CityStar: Innovative solutions for sustainable urban development

Cat. 5 Effective management: Making a difference by managing differently

The winners will be announced during the RegioStars Award ceremony, which will take place on 11 October, during the 2016 European Week of Regions and Cities.

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Europe's most inspiring and innovating projects supported by Cohesion Policy funds will be at centre stage tonight during the 2015 RegioStars Awards ceremony. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu and RegioStars jury president MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij will announce the winning projects, chosen amongst 17 finalists in the following categories:

  • Smart Growth – Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy;
  • Sustainable Growth – Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society;
  • Inclusive Growth – Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion;
  • CityStar – Transforming cities for future challenges.

The winners include a project between Västsverige (Sweden) and Midtjylland (Denmark), a project in Andalucía (Spain), one in Puglia (Italy), and a cross border project between Galicia (Spain) and the North of Portugal.

Speaking ahead of the event, Commissioner Creţu said, "I hope the regions and cities of Europe will be inspired by the winners of tonight. These are exemplary projects in SME support, energy efficiency, social inclusion, and urban development. I wish to see many successful projects like this in the coming years; we should not forget that our policy will be judged on its ability to deliver growth and create jobs."

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility said: "I wish to congratulate the winning projects. The RegioStar Awards show that integrating those at risk of social exclusion in society is at the forefront of the European inclusive growth strategy. It also shows that the European Social Fund is a key instrument to help people into employment or out of poverty and social exclusion. I hope that we will see more examples of such good practices in the future." 

In this 8th edition of the RegioStars Awards, the European Commission received
143 applications which were evaluated by an independent professional jury on the basis of four criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnerships.

The 2015 awards event comes at a crucial time as Member States have adopted most of the Operational Programmes. With a budget of €351.8 billion for a total of 387 programmes for the period 2014-2020, Cohesion Policy is one of the EU's main investment policies.

The RegioStars 2015 Awards Ceremony takes place at the "BOZAR" in Brussels in the context of the 2015 OPEN DAYS event.

The winners of 2015 are: 

SMART GROWTH: Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy.

- "Scandinavian Game Developers" – Midtjylland (DK) and Västsverige (SE)

The project offers advice and training to young entrepreneurs in the Scandinavian digital gaming industry and helps them establish viable companies in a highly competitive business environment. The business incubator in Grenå (Denmark) uses a business model developed by the Swedish partner-university of Skövde, and has seen the creation of 22 new small companies, currently employing 67 persons.

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society

- PICSA – Andalucia (Spain)

The Sustainable Construction Programme in Andalucía has invested in the energy renovation of buildings and the rehabilitation of urban areas, boosting the competitiveness of the construction sector and the creation of skilled employment. Not only has it made the region's construction sector greener and helped create jobs, one of its main goals is also to educate the public on the importance of energy efficient and sustainable construction. The project has achieved energy savings of 26.000 tons/year, has avoided the emission of 62.000 tons of CO2 and is expected to create thousands of jobs in the coming years. 

INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion

- "Diritti a scuola" – Puglia (Italy)

Based on a mixed approach of education and social care, this project significantly reduced early school leaving in the region. The project provided counselling, educational guidance and intercultural mediation, benefiting both students and their families. The percentage of 15 year old students with limited reading capacities was reduced to 16.7% in 2012, which is below the national target of 20 %. At the same time, the early school-leaving rate decreased from 30.3% in 2003 to 19.9% in 2013. In total, over 50,000 students and 10,000 families benefitted from the programme which gave them a new chance at a bright future. 

“CityStar” – Transforming cities for future challenges

"Eurocity of Chaves-Verin" Galicia (Spain) and North Portugal (Portugal)

The cities of Chaves and Verín joined forces to create a "Eurocity" through a common offer of municipal services and facilities, including joint cultural events, commerce, sports, leisure and tourism activities and the promotion of entrepreneurship. The project demonstrates that institutional, economic, social, cultural integration of two cross-border cities is possible and brings real benefits in terms of cost-saving, higher efficiency and a more diverse offer in municipal services for its citizens.

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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!
After being selected by an independent jury, representatives from the finalist projects will be invited to attend the Award Ceremony. You might be one of the winners!

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.

Finalist projects will be acknowledged throughout the selection process and during the ceremony. Winners in each category will receive a RegioStars trophy, a short video about their project and a social media promotional package.

Submit your project with the endorsement of the responsible Managing Authority or let your regional or local Managing Authority know that you wish to participate.

If you have any other questions contact us at regiostars2017@iservice-europa.eu.

To help you prepare your application, we provide the application form in Word format. However, as of this year, applications can no longer be sent in a Word document, but have to be submitted directly via the online form on the RegioStars platform.

Deadline for submitting your application: 10 April.

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The information should preferably be provided in English, but can also be submitted in all 24 EU languages. You can get free of charge a machine translation into English via this web-page.

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