RegioStars Awards 2013

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31.01.2013

European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, and Luc Van den Brande have announced the winners of the prestigious RegioStars Awards 2013 to Europe's most innovative and inspiring projects. The 6th annual edition of the Awards attracted a record 149 applications, with 27 highly commended finalists. But 5 of them have outshined the competition: flagship projects of innovation in Porto, the North West of England, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Berlin and Lithuania have this year been honoured with the Awards and taken centre stage in Brussels.

Watch the RegioStars Award Ceremony 2013's video.

See the winners:

Category 1: “UPTEC – Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Universidade do Porto” and Portrait
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Category 2: ENWORKS Resource Efficiency Support and Portrait
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Category 3: Individual Employment Paths and Portrait
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Category 4: Neighbourhood Management Berlin and Portrait
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Category 5: Towards Work – development of mediation services in recruiting people with hearing disabilities

06.12.2012

Registration is open on this website

17.07.2012

RegioStars 2013 finalists announced. The RegioStars Jury, under the chairmanship of Mr Luc Van den Brande, chose 27 finalists across the five categories.

09.12.2011

  • The application process for the 2013 RegioStars Awards is now open.  The Award Categories for 2013 are:

    • SMART GROWTH: Connecting universities to regional growth
    • SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Supporting resource efficiency in SMEs
    • INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Social innovation: creative responses to societal challenges
    • CITYSTAR: Integrated approaches to sustainable urban development
    • INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION: Promoting EU Regional policy with short videos

    Applications should be sent by 20 April 2012.  The selected finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their projects before an independent jury during the tenth annual European Week of Regions and Cities - OPEN DAYS 2012.

    The Award Ceremony will take place the 31 January 2013 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.

    Registration website

06.12.2011

13.10.2011

There are five RegioStars Award categories for 2013:

  1. SMART GROWTH: Connecting universities to regional growth
  2. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Supporting resource efficiency in SMEs
  3. INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Social innovation: creative responses to societal challenges
  4. CITYSTAR CATEGORY: Integrated approaches to sustainable urban development
  5. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION CATEGORY: Promoting EU Regional policy using short videos

Award criteria for thematic categories 1-4

  1. Innovative character of the project
  2. Impact or expected impact of the project in terms of initial objectives
  3. Expected sustainability of the project: Evidence could include development towards self-financing or demonstration that the project has or will be part of a succession of projects sequentially funded by other EU financial instruments.
  4. Project's results in enhancing local, regional and interregional partnerships: Evidence could include demonstration that the project was inspired by another region's project/programme or shared with another region.

Award criteria for category 5 - Information and communication

  1. The video increases the visibility of European Regional policy by:
    - presenting the results of one or several projects
    - showing how/why the EU regional policy and its funds support the development strategy of a region,
    - raising awareness about an operational programme / funding opportunities from the ERDF, CF or ESF.
    The video has to cover at least one of the above elements.
  2. Effective dissemination of the video: How has the video been used in communication activities? Was the video part of a communication plan? Where was it shown?
  3. Quality and impact of the video: the video will be judged on its creativity and its ability to interest the viewer.

Chairman
Mr Luc Van den Brande (BE) – Special adviser to Commissioner Hahn for multilevel governance issues in cohesion policy and the EU2020 Strategy.



Smart Growth - Connecting universities to regional growth         
Prof. John Goddard (UK), Emeritus Professor of Regional Development Studies - Centre for Urban & Regional Development Studies (CURDS) - Newcastle University
Mr Günter Scheer (AT), Associate of the Rainer & Scheer Business Consulting ltd



Sustainable growth - Supporting resource efficiency in SMEs
    
Mr Michal Miedzinski (PL),Technopolis Belgium
Mr Luca Barani (IT), European Commission - DG Enterprise



Inclusive growth - Social innovation: creative responses to societal challenges

Mr Luis Jerónimo (PT), Gulbenkian Human Development Programme
Ms Antonella Noya (IT), Senior Policy Analyst and the Manager of the OECD/LEED Forum on Social Innovations



CityStar - Integrated approaches to sustainable urban development

Mr Grzegorz Gorzelak (PL), University of Warsaw
Mr Karel Maier (CZ), Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University of Prague

 


Information and Communication - Promoting EU Regional policy using short videos

Mr Paul Corthouts (BE), cinematographer and film maker for the Flemish government
Mr Gerald Gross (AT), Managing Director of gross.media, Vienna


 

 

Presentation of RegioStars finalists 2013 Regiostars 2013 : presentation of the finalists PDF

RegioStars 2013 has seen a record 149 applications from project promoters and regions from all Member States.
The RegioStars Jury, under the chairmanship of Mr Luc Van den Brande, chose 27 finalists across the five categories.

The 2013 finalists, in no particular order, are as follows:

Category 1. SMART GROWTH: Connecting universities to regional growth
"Technopol Programme" - Lower Austria, AT
"CoOPTICS - Innovation to markets" – Thuringia, DE
"University-Business Knowledge Transfer" – Castilla y León, ES
"UPTEC – Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Universidade do Porto" – North of Portugal, PT
"SLIM III" – North-Mid Sweden, SE
"Innovation In Crops" - East of England, UK

Category 2. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Supporting resource efficiency in SMEs
"Green Business Growth in SMEs" - Southern Denmark, DK
"ENWORKS Resource Efficiency Support" - North West England, UK
"Hydrogen region Flanders - South Netherlands" – European Territorial Cooperation
"MED-Laine" - European Territorial Cooperation
"Cradle to Cradle Islands" - European Territorial Cooperation

Category 3. INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Social innovation: creative responses to societal challenges
"The Living Lab on Wellbeing Services and Technology" - Western Finland, FI
"Individual Employment Paths" - Warmińsko-Mazurskie, PL
"Strides Alliance Partnership" – Wales, UK
"PASE - Public Policies and Social Enterprises" – European Territorial Cooperation
"SUCCESS" - European Territorial Cooperation

Category 4. CITYSTAR: Integrated approaches to sustainable urban development
"WienWin" – Vienna, AT
"Park Spoor Noord" – Antwerp, BE
"Neighbourhood Management Berlin" – Berlin, DE
"Revitalisation of Mill Islands" – Bydgoszcz, PL
"MalmöLund – Metropolitan region" – Malmö, SE

Category 5. INFORMATION ET COMMUNICATION: Promoting EU Regional policy using short videos
"www.efro.be" - Province of West-Flanders, BE
"www.eu-fonds.brandenburg.de" – Brandenburg, DE
"www.agenciasopa.es" – Andalusia, ES
"www.esparama.lt/regiostars" – Lithuania, LT
"www.cosafe.eu" – Västerbotten, SE
" www.interact-eu.net" - European Territorial Cooperation

Previous years

The RegioStars Awards have been organised by the European Commission since 2008.

See project descriptions and videos of past finalists and winners :