Cohesion Policy: meet the winners of the REGIOSTARS Awards 2021
Today, the European Commission has announced the winners of the 2021 REGIOSTARS Awards for projects funded by EU cohesion policy.
- For “SMART Europe: Increasing the competitiveness of local businesses in a digital world” (1st category) the award went to Integration 3D metal printing, which supports the take-off of 3D printing of metal parts within the SME context. The project demonstrated a full production chain, from product development to a finished product.
- ICCARUS (Gent knapt op) was given the award for “GREEN Europe: Green and resilient communities in urban and rural setting” (2nd category) for providing a unique housing renovation scheme for 100 vulnerable home-owners in Ghent. By using a recurring fund, the funds can be used repeatedly for similar cases.
- The award for “FAIR Europe: Fostering inclusion and anti-discrimination” (3rd category) went to TREE - Training for integrating Refugees in the Euregion, which facilitates the integration of refugees through a development of a needs-based training program for practitioners working with refugees and migrants and a qualification programme for social interpreters.
- Travelling Solidary Cannery received the award in the 4th category, “URBAN Europe: Promoting green, sustainable and circular food systems in functional urban areas”. The project gives access to a disadvantaged public to healthy and fair food at affordable price all year round and at the same time develops a new range of professions centred on the production, valorisation, logistics and marketing of local products, but also of unsold products from supermarkets or surplus harvests.
- Under topic of the year (“Enhancing green mobility in the regions - European Year of Rail 2021”, 5th category), the winner is North-West Multimodal Transport Hub, which provides an increased rail capacity and has a strong balance of services for cycling, public transport and active travel users in Londonderry, as well as encouraging modal shift from car to public transport.
- Finally, the Public Choice Award goes to BEGIN, a project that unites cities, citizens and stakeholders through the co-creation of blue and green infrastructure projects in 10 EU cities, reducing flood risk by up to 30% and improving livability. Other public favorites were Balkan Road (under the 1st category), Baltazar (3rd category), Digital Farming Specialist (4th category) and Transporte A Pedido (5th category).
This year’s REGIOSTARS competition received 214 applications. 14,156 people voted in the public choice’s category.
Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “Congratulations to all the winners, they are role models for anyone that wishes to better the life of people with the use of EU funds. I hope they will inspire many others across the continent and I encourage regions, cities and any other stakeholders to make the most of the opportunities that cohesion policy puts forward.”
Since 2008, the REGIOSTARS Awards reward remarkable and innovative EU-funded projects under cohesion policy. With the goal of inspiring other regions and project managers across Europe, participating projects are in the spotlight of communication activities at European level. The awards cover five categories and a public choice prize every year.