Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

BEACON wins first ever Bioeconomy category at RegioStars 2014

The BEACON project was yesterday distinguished in the category “Sustainable Growth: Green growth and jobs through Bioeconomy” at the RegioStars 2014 awards ceremony.

This was the first time that the RegioStars included a Bioeconomy award category.

The initiative from West Wales and the Valleys (UK) was recognised as one of Europe's most promising and innovative EU-funded regional projects.

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy and Luc Van den Brande, former Committee of the Regions President announced the winners at the award ceremony that took place yesterday in Brussels.

Referring to the shortlisted projects running for the prestigious RegioStars 2014 Awards, Johannes Hahn, said ahead of the event: “The four winners chosen by the jury show regional policy in action. They demonstrate innovative and dynamic approaches from regions in the use of EU funds for boosting growth and creating jobs. The projects address the biggest current challenges like tackling youth unemployment, combating pollution and climate change, promoting sustainable transport and supporting SME innovation”.

In this 7th edition of RegioStars, the Jury singled out 19 shortlisted finalists from 80 projects on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.