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'RegioStars Awards'


'RegioStars Awards'

The European Commission's search for the most innovative projects which have received investment from EU Cohesion Policy continues in 2012 and 2013.

2012 Awards – Commission unveils finalists

The Commission has announced the finalists for the 2012 RegioStars Awards. The 2012 RegioStars Jury under the Chairmanship of Mr Luc Van den Brande has chose 24 finalists from the 107 nominations received. The 24 projects highlight the excellent and innovative work being done on the ground and represent a good geographical spread across the Union. The 24 projects will make presentations to the Jury at an event on 16 January 2012.

The 2012 finalists, in no particular order, are as follows:

Category 1: Smart Growth - service innovation

  • 'Technopol Programme' - Lower Austria, AT
  • 'RUR@CT' – régions actrices de l’innovation rurale – Limousin, FR
  • 'Innovative Collaboration Networks for Smart growth' – London, UK
  • 'ECO World Styria' - Styria, AT
  • 'Hohe Tauern Health' - Salzburg, AT
  • 'Orientation and guidance services for start-ups in Brandenburg' – Brandenburg, DE
  • 'Digi-lodge' -    various Greek regions, EL

Category 2: Sustainable Growth – eco-system services

  • 'Parc naturel transfrontalier du Hainaut (PNTH)'- Wallonie–Nord-Pas de Calais. BE-FR
  • 'Alps-Carpathian Corridor  Trnava' – Bratislava, Vienna, Burgenland, Niederösterreich. SK-AT
  • 'SIC ADAPT! (Strategic Initiative Cluster – Adaptation to the impacts of climate change)' – North‑West Europe, DE BE FR IE LU NL UK
  • 'Green Corridors Contracts' - Rhône-Alpes, FR
  • 'GRaBS: Green and blue space adaptation for urban areas and eco-towns' - England (leader), UK

Category 3: Inclusive growth – addressing demographic change and active ageing

  • 'I-Cane' - Province of Limburg, NL
  • 'Project for Early Support of Elderly People in their Daily Lives (VAMU)' - Northern Savo, FI
  • 'O4O : Older people for older people' - Finland, Greenland, N.Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, UK FI IE SE
  • 'Seniors in Motion' - Northern Portugal, PT

Category 4: Citystar: - Integrated development of deprived urban areas

  • 'SÖM  South East Malmö' – Malmö, SE
  • 'Baum – Bratislava Urban Regional Cooperation' - Nordburgenland, Wiener Umland-Nord, Wiener Umland-Süd, VUC Bratislava, SK-AT
  • 'Open LAB Ebbinge (OLE)' – Groningen, NL
  • 'Rediscovering Vila do Conde' - Vila do Conde, PT

Category 5: Information and Communication: presenting project data

The Jury's decision on the award winners will be announced in June 2012 at the Regions for Economic Change conference.

2013 Awards

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

1. SMART GROWTH: Connecting universities to regional growth

  1. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Supporting resource efficiency in SMEs
  2. INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Social innovation: creative responses to societal challenges
  3. CITYSTAR: Integrated approaches to sustainable urban development
  4. 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 itself will take place in Brussels in early 2013. 

Further information is available on the RegioStars website and on Twitter (@EU_Regional, hashtag #regiostars).

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