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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 
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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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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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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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The RegioStars Awards Jury has announced 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 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.

Many of the finalists are addressing common challenges through cooperation across borders.

Category 1 - Smart Specialisation for SME innovation

1. 3D Boost and 3D Invest - Western Finland, FI

Project manager: SASKY Municipal Education and Training Consortium (Sastamala, FI)
European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

The project has taken a great technological leap in Tampere Region in exploiting digital knowledge in form of additive manufacturing. The aim has been that all phases of manufacturing, from design into a ready-made item, can be concretized in research and development, learning and innovation environments developed during the project

More Information on the project
Website - 3D Boost and 3D Invest FI

2. Bio Base North West Europe

Project manager: Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Gent, BE)
European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013/Interreg North-West Europe (BE / NL / DE / IE / UK )

The Bio Base NWE consortium brought together bio-based economy experts from eight organisations in five different countries. They provided networking opportunities and technological solutions to more than 755 SMEs, identified hurdles SME encounter during their innovation track and translated these into policy recommendations.

More Information on the project
Website - Bio Base NWE

3. IPN TecBIS – Technology Business Innovation Sustainable Growth – Business Accelerator - Centro, PT

Project manager: Instituto Pedro Nunes (Coimbra, PT)
European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013

Setting up a dedicated infrastructure to foster innovation and growth of tech-based scale-up companies, going through their post-incubation phase. The Pedro Nunes Institute's (IPN, launched in 1991) mission is to act as an interface between academia and economy, fostering innovation and supporting entrepreneurship. Adding to, IPN’s model combines a business incubator with laboratories for applied R&D in key areas of technology.

More Information on the project
Website - IPN TecBIS

4. Seren - Wales, UK

Project manager: Geoenvironmental Research Centre (Cardiff, UK)
European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013

Project aimed at developing new commercial opportunities for SMEs in the low carbon, ground energy, sector. The project worked closely with SMEs to take transformational product and service innovations into viable commercial outcomes that deliver significant economic benefit; and to bridge cutting-edge academic research and practice in industry. The project has also developed a new, highly innovative approach to engagement with SMEs along Cross Cutting Themes.

More Information on the project
Website - SEREN

5. Science Link - Interreg TN Baltic Sea (DE, DK, EE, FI, LV, LT, PL, SE)

Project manager: Deutsches Elektronen-synchrotron (Hamburg, DE)
European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013/Interreg TN Baltic Sea

Science Link provides European enterprises, in particular SMEs, with better access to large scale, high-tech research infrastructures such as Maxlab in Sweden or DESY in Germany. These research facilities carry out photon and neutron measurements and are up to now hardly accessible for industry. Enterprises who use the existing large scale research infrastructure, can develop new, better products faster and thus enhance their innovation performance in various fields such as environment and energy, agriculture and food, life science and biotechnology and chemicals

More Information on the project
Website - Science Link

Category 2 - Energy Union: Climate action

1. Construction of Gymnasium of Põlva - County of Põlvamaa, EE

Project manager: Foundation Innove (Tallinn, EE)
European Regional Development Fund
2014-2020

New public secondary school building built in the small town of Põlva is the first ever nearly zero-energy schoolhouse in Estonia.

More Information on the project
Website - Foundation Innove

2. "InnoHiili" - Innovative Low-Carbon Public Services - Oulu, FI

Project manager: Micropolis Ltd. (Ii, FI)
European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

The fastest Finnish community in CO2 reduction according to the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE): 2007-2015 with the reduction of – 50 %. All the public buildings of Ii are now heated by renewables. Business trips of the municipality employees are conducted by electric cars. All these have caused savings, now about 600 000 €/a, i.e. 60 €/capita.

More Information on the project
Website - InnoHiili

3. Impianto di teleriscaldamento dell'abitato di Montieri - Tuscany, IT

Project manager: Municipality of Montieri (IT)
European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013

District heating network in the conurbation of Montieri fuelled by geothermal steam that can be drawn from a steam conduit, integrated with energy efficient systems in historic buildings and other renewable sources, and the refurbishment of the municipal sewers and the water supply.

More Information on the project
Website - Circular Ocean IT

4. Réseau d’eau tempérée de l’ilôt Allar - Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, FR

Project manager: EDF Optimal Solutions (Paris, FR)
European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

Simultaneously delivers heat and air conditioning to buildings. The network consists of a temperate water loop that captures energy from seawater via its centre in the port of Marseille, and delivers it to heat pumps installed in building basements.

More Information on the project
Website - Réseau d’eau tempérée de l’ilôt Allar FR

5. SEAP_Alps - Piemonte (Lead partner), IT - Interreg TN Alpine Space IT, SI, FR, AT, DE

Project manager: Città Metropolitana di Torino (IT)
European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013/Interreg TN Alpine Space

Adapted an EU Covenant of Mayors concept, the SEAP (Sustainable Energy Action Plans), to Alpine regions, providing local authorities with a joint methodology for energy and climate adaptation planning. In order to assist Alpine Space decision makers in drafting SEAPs in their own communities, the project provided a platform for knowledge transfer and capacity building., SEAP_Alps also tested a new public-private investment concept.

More Information on the project
Website - SEAP_Alps

Category 3 - Women Empowerment and Active Participation

1. Coordination to improve gender-based violence survivors’ labour market integration & social inclusion - Murcia, ES

Project manager: Servicio regional de empleo y formacion (Murcia)
European Social Fund
2014-2020

Provides an integrative and personalised care to women victims of gender-based violence. It offered social and labour market support to women and, at the same time, the Regional Service for Employment and Training (SEF) also provided counselling and assistance to the same target group.

More Information on the project
Website - Servicio regional de empleo y formacion ES

2. Together beyond silence (Don’t stay alone in the silence) - Riga, LV

Project manager: Latvian Association of the Deaf (LAD) (Riga, LV)
European Social Fund
2007-2013

Has created a set of specialised social services for women with hearing impairment that they can receive at childbirth and during postnatal period.

More Information on the project
Website - Latvian Association of the Deaf LV

3. Enhancing the respect for gender equality in BG-TR cross-border area - Interreg IPA-CBC (BG-TR)

Project manager: Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Burgas, BG)
Interreg IPA – CBC BG-TR
2007-2013

Enhance the understanding of the gender equality principles in the border region between BG and Turkey. Contribute to reinforcing the women’s role at the labour market, as well as boosting women’s entrepreneurship in the region.

More Information on the project
Website - Chamber of Commerce and Industry BG

4. Back2Job - Ingenieurinnen gesucht! - Hannover, DE

Project manager: Bildungswerk der Niedersächsischen Wirtschaft gGmbH (Hannover, DE)
European Social Fund 2014-2020

A lack of specialist skills, in particular in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, is being felt in key industries in the Leine-Weser region, posing a threat to innovation and competitiveness. Thus through individual coaching, customised training, operational and trade fair visits, etc, women are attracted into engineering professions.

More Information on the project
Website - Vives Emplea DE

5. Agile Nation 2 - Wales, UK

Project manager: Chwarae Teg (Cardiff, UK)
European Social Fund 2014-2020

Increase the qualifications and confidence of women working in sectors where they are under-represented in management roles. It aims to: improve the position of women in the workforce; increase numbers of women in management positions; and support an increase in female participation in non-traditional and STEM areas of work.

More Information on the project
Website - Chwarae Teg

6. Femmes et bâtiment - Ile-de-France, FR

Project manager: Habiter au Quotidien (Montrouge, FR)
European Social Fund
2014-2020

Attracting women into construction sector employment and training, targeting women without other professional qualifications, single mothers, homeless, etc. Individualised accompanying in small groups, based on concrete work situations.

More Information on the project
Website - Habiter au Quotidien FR

Category 4 - Education and training

1. PFK - Podmiotowe Finansowanie Kształcenia - Malopolska, PL

Project manager: Wojewódzki Urząd Pracy w Krakowie (Krakow, PL)
European Social Fund
2007-2013

A system of training vouchers to better support for SMEs in training their employees, as flexible solution free from complex procedures.

More Information on the project
Website - Wojewódzki Urząd Pracy w Krakowie PL

2. European coworkings EOI - Madrid, ES

Project manager: Fundación EOI - Escuela de organización industrial (Madrid, ES)
European Social Fund
2014-2020

International business acceleration program aimed at entrepreneurs that receive free training and ad-hoc mentoring, both online and in-situ in an entrepreneurship/innovation centre located in a EU member state. 17 entrepreneurship centres located in 13 EU countries participate (UK, NL, IE, BE, PT, IT, EL, RO, HU, CZ, FR, AT and SE).

More Information on the project
Website - Fundación EOI ES

3. EkoBiz – Promotion of Youth Entrepreneurship in the Organic Agriculture Sector - Split-Dalmatia County, HR

Project manager: Public institution for development and coordination of Split-Dalmatia County (Split, HR)
European Social Fund
2007-2013

Aimed to increase the interest of young people in entrepreneurship in the organic agriculture sector trough education, business support and development of entrepreneurship skills at the early stage (schools and nurseries).

More Information on the project
Website - EkoBiz HR

4. Dote unica lavoro - Lombardia, IT

Project manager: ESF Managing Authority (Milan, IT)
European Social Fund
2007-2013

Provides tailored support to job-seekers and promotion of entrepreneurial activities via a basket of services offered at different levels and compositions. Based on the profile of the person (employment status and distance from the job market, educational level, gender and age), the recipient is assigned to a specific aid intensity level, with a specific budget and dedicated services.

More Information on the project
Website -  ESF Managing Authority IT

Category 5 - Cities in Digital Transition

1. The Małopolska Agglomeration Card (MKA) - Małopolska / Krakow, PL

Project manager: Regional Roads Management in Krakow (PL)
European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

Integrates the existing sales systems of services related to public collective transport, offering them to the region inhabitants for competitive prices, thus increasing attractiveness and availability of public collective transport; in addition, the MKA system provides access to the Park & Ride facilities realised under separate projects. The range of the MKA system comprises the other transport system elements of the region, such as the city bicycle or the paid parking zone in Krakow.

More Information on the project
Website - Małopolska Agglomeration Card PL

2. Smart Service Power - North-Rhine Westphalia / Dortmund, DE

Project manager: VIVAI Software AG (Dortmund, DE)
European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

The project is concerned with the age-appropriate, technology-supported services in order to stay at home for a longer time. The use of technology with Internet of Things- (IoT-) platforms, big data analysis, deep learning and natural language assistance systems could be a part of the solution. This collaborative project integrates functions from the fields of e-health, smart home, ambient-assisted living (AAL), emergency call systems, nursing and concierge services. It is centered on the basic needs of an elderly person like security, eating, drinking and medication and of course the preservation of cognitive skills.

More Information on the project
Website - Smart Service Power

3. SOHJOA: Physical & virtual innovation platform of autonomous last mile urban transportation - Helsinki-Uusimaa, FI

Project manager: Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Helsini, FI)
European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

Sohjoa addresses the challenges of new economic growth industries as well as sustainable intelligent transportation development. This is accomplished by bringing autonomous small electric buses to operate in various cities in Finland as part of the pilot innovation platforms created within the project. These buses have the potential to reduce operating costs, lower the overall emissions and offer better service to the mobility customer (last mile from the end of classic public transport to home – e.g. in outskirts of Helsinki). The project tests and develops new technologies to provide digital public services to citizens.

More Information on the project
Website - SOHJOA

4. Integrated Public Services Platform Implementation and Electronic Payments of Olsztyn - Warmia and Masuria/Olsztyn, PL

Project manager: Olsztyn City Hall IT Department (PL)
European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013

Facilitate the use of municipal services for the inhabitants and tax payers implemented in 2015 e-services for local tax return and waste removal declarations. The implemented solutions allow for submitting the document in an electronic form and servicing it in the City Hall`s systems. In addition, thanks to the Electronic Payments of Olsztyn portal- epo.olsztyn.eu, an Internet user may check their payments due for local taxes, parking tickets and fines issued by the City Guards and then make the appropriate payments.

More Information on the project
Website -  Integrated Public Services Platform Implementation and Electronic Payments of Olsztyn PL

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Presentation of RegioStars finalists 2017
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Category 1  “Smart Specialisation for SME innovation” : Bio Base North West Europe

Project manager: Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Gent, BE)
European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013/Interreg North-West Europe (BE / NL / DE / IE / UK )

The Bio Base NWE consortium brought together bio-based economy experts from eight organisations in five different countries. They provided networking opportunities and technological solutions to more than 755 SMEs, identified hurdles SME encounter during their innovation track and translated these into policy recommendations.

More Information on the project
Website - Bio Base NWE

 

Category 2  “Energy Union: Climate action”: "InnoHiili" - Innovative Low-Carbon Public Services - Oulu, FI

Project manager: Micropolis Ltd. (Ii, FI)
European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

The fastest Finnish community in CO2 reduction according to the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE): 2007-2015 with the reduction of – 50 %. All the public buildings of Ii are now heated by renewables. Business trips of the municipality employees are conducted by electric cars. All these have caused savings, now about 600 000 €/a, i.e. 60 €/capita.

More Information on the project
Website - InnoHiili

 

Category 3  “Women Empowerment and Active Participation”: Coordination to improve gender-based violence survivors’ labour market integration & social inclusion - Murcia, ES

Project manager: Servicio regional de empleo y formacion (Murcia)
European Social Fund
2014-2020

Provides an integrative and personalised care to women victims of gender-based violence. It offered social and labour market support to women and, at the same time, the Regional Service for Employment and Training (SEF) also provided counselling and assistance to the same target group.

More Information on the project
Website - Servicio regional de empleo y formacion ES

 

Category 4 “Education and training”: EkoBiz – Promotion of Youth Entrepreneurship in the Organic Agriculture Sector - Split-Dalmatia County, HR

Project manager: Public institution for development and coordination of Split-Dalmatia County (Split, HR)
European Social Fund 2007-2013

Aimed to increase the interest of young people in entrepreneurship in the organic agriculture sector trough education, business support and development of entrepreneurship skills at the early stage (schools and nurseries).

More Information on the project
Website - EkoBiz HR

 

Category 5 “Cities in Digital Transition”: Smart Service Power - North-Rhine Westphalia / Dortmund, DE

Project manager: VIVAI Software AG (Dortmund, DE)
European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020

The project is concerned with the age-appropriate, technology-supported services in order to stay at home for a longer time. The use of technology with Internet of Things- (IoT-) platforms, big data analysis, deep learning and natural language assistance systems could be a part of the solution. This collaborative project integrates functions from the fields of e-health, smart home, ambient-assisted living (AAL), emergency call systems, nursing and concierge services. It is centered on the basic needs of an elderly person like security, eating, drinking and medication and of course the preservation of cognitive skills.

More Information on the project
Website - Smart Service Power

 

Public Choice Award

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 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.

Coordination to improve gender-based violence survivors’ labour market integration & social inclusion - Murcia, ES

Project manager: Servicio regional de empleo y formacion (Murcia)
European Social Fund
2014-2020

Provides an integrative and personalised care to women victims of gender-based violence. It offered social and labour market support to women and, at the same time, the Regional Service for Employment and Training (SEF) also provided counselling and assistance to the same target group.

More Information on the project
Website - Servicio regional de empleo y formacion ES

 

Special mentions of the public:

3. IPN TecBIS – Technology Business Innovation Sustainable Growth – Business Accelerator - Centro, PT

Project manager: Instituto Pedro Nunes (Coimbra, PT)
European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013

Setting up a dedicated infrastructure to foster innovation and growth of tech-based scale-up companies, going through their post-incubation phase. The Pedro Nunes Institute's (IPN, launched in 1991) mission is to act as an interface between academia and economy, fostering innovation and supporting entrepreneurship. Adding to, IPN’s model combines a business incubator with laboratories for applied R&D in key areas of technology.

More Information on the project
Website - IPN TecBIS

2. Together beyond silence (Don’t stay alone in the silence) - Riga, LV

Project manager: Latvian Association of the Deaf (LAD) (Riga, LV)
European Social Fund
2007-2013

Has created a set of specialised social services for women with hearing impairment that they can receive at childbirth and during postnatal period.

More Information on the project
Website - Latvian Association of the Deaf LV

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