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Welsh projects reach finals of European "Regiostars" awards
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Cardiff, 24 March 2011

Three Welsh projects have been named as finalists for the European Commission's annual "Regiostars" awards, which highlight the most innovative projects supported by European Regional Policy.  The three Welsh projects join a list of 31 finalists as the competition enters its final stages, before the winners are finally unveiled at a ceremony in Brussels on 23 June 2011.

The selected finalists range from the Azores in Portugal to the region of lower Austria, and include a variety of interregional and cross-border cooperations between up to six Eurppean countries.  The projects are examples of what is being achieved with EU investment for the benefit of the whole of Europe.

The thematic categories for the 2011 Regiostars were chosen with a clear focus on identifying and recognising projects linked to key political priorities for cohesion policy, in the light of the Europe 2020 strategy agreed by the Member States.
The finalists are shortlisted for five awards under the three following headings:

Economic competitiveness
1) Networking and cluster initiatives supporting regional growth and Small- and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) access to global markets
2) Anticipating economic change

Low carbon economy
3) Promoting sustainable energy in cities (“CityStar” category)
4) Integrated, clean urban transport projects (“CityStar” category)

Information and communication
5) Promotional photo of a co-funded project

The projects from Wales have been chosen under the categories of Economic Competitiveness and Information and Communication.  The three projects are:

- Growth in Environmental Science
- Sharing Experience Europe
- Europe and Wales: Investing in your Future

For the latter category, an online vote is open to the public until 16 April.

Details of all the finalists

Note for editors
The winners' prizes consist of crystal trophies representing a star as well as a project video, which may be used by the region and the project owners in promoting their project. Further information on eligibility criteria and members of the Jury can be found  here.


For more information, contact Rachael Langlands-Brown on 029 2089 5024 or by e-mail at

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