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Finalists selected to honour the best in EU Regional Policy : RegioStars Awards 2014

(06/08/2013)

Finalists selected to honour the best in EU Regional Policy : RegioStars Awards 2014

The finalists for the RegioStars 2014 awards which honour Europe's most inspirational and innovative regional projects were published today in Brussels. The RegioStars Awards Jury singled out 19 finalists from 80 projects supported by EU cohesion policy funds on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.

The finalists come from regions and cities in 17 Member States: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, , Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

They will be showcasing their projects before the awards jury, chaired by former Committee of the Regions President Luc Van den Brande, on October 8 during the 11th annual European Week of Regions and Cities – OPEN DAYS 2013. The winners will be chosen at the Award Ceremony presented by Commissioner Hahn in Brussels on March 31 2014.

The award categories which reflect the priorities of the Europe2020 Growth Agenda are:

  • Smart GrowthSME Innovation: supporting the competitiveness and growth of small and medium sized business
  • Sustainable Growth - Green growth and jobs through bio-economy: sustainable investments in the bio-economy sector
  • Inclusive Growth - Creating jobs for the younger generation: helping to fight youth unemployment
  • CityStar - Investment projects in sustainable urban public transport: supporting the development of strategies address transport issues in our cities

The previous RegioStars Awards for 2013 honoured flagship projects in Porto (Portugal), the North West of England (the United Kingdom), Warmińsko-Mazurskie (Poland), Berlin (Germany) and Lithuania. The categories focused on research and development, resource efficiency in SMEs, social innovation, sustainable urban development and the use of videos to promote EU regional policy.

Background

The aim of the RegioStars Awards is to recognize good practice in regional development and to highlight original and inspiring projects which could prove a model for other regions.

The projects selected are all co-financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and/or the European Social Fund (ESF). The annual RegioStars Awards are open to all EU regions to submit projects which have received investment through EU Regional policy since 1st January 2000. Since its creation in 2008, the greatest numbers of applications have been received from Austria, Belgium, the Baltic countries and Wales in the UK.

OPEN DAYS 2013 from 7 to 10 October 2013 in Brussels, will provide the opportunity for the finalists to exhibit and explain their projects. The OPEN DAYS event brings together hundreds of political representatives, experts and practitioners to debate regional policy. This year's event comes at a crucial point as Europe's regions and cities will be finalizing their preparations for the 2014-2020 newly reformed EU Cohesion Policy.

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