The REGIOSTARS are Europe’s awards for the most innovative, regional projects.

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The winners of the annual REGIOSTARS awards - celebrating outstanding Cohesion Policy projects - have been  announced in Brussels. And the winners are:

For Promoting digital transformation (Category 1): the award went to Energy Cells GR, a cross-border cooperation project between Germany, Belgium, France, and Luxembourg for sustainable energy consumption and innovative renewable energy production in the Greater Region.

CobBauge, from France and UK, was given the award for Connecting green, blue and grey (Category 2), for its development of walling material using earth and fibers.

The award for “Combatting inequalities and poverty” (3rd category) went to Good Support, from Poland, an online platform which connects the inhabitants of the Zachodniopomorskie region to local social services.

Climate Active Neighbourhoods (CAN), a joint Belgian, French, German, Dutch and UK project, was given the award in the 4th category, “Building climate-resilient cities”. It promotes locally-led strategies to increase energy efficiency for households in deprived urban areas.

For “Modernising health services” (the 5th category) the award went to Orsi Academy, from Belgium, a training and expertise centre in the field of new techniques in minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery.

Finally, the public choice award was given to CityWalk from the Interreg Programme Danube, which helps cities in the Danube Region become more walkable.


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Category 1 - Promoting digital transformation

Energy Cells GR  

Category 2 - Connecting green, blue and grey


Category 3 - Combatting inequalities and poverty

Good support  

Category 4 - Building climate-resilient cities

Climate Active Neighbourhoods (CAN)  

Category 5 - Modernising health services

Orsi Academy  

Public choice award


The voting is open from 9 July until 9 September midnight.

Category 1 - Promoting digital transformation

Energy Cells GR  
Digital Library Librarium  
Connect Innovation  
Open data in the Stockholm region  

Category 2 - Connecting green, blue and grey

Le réseau de chaleur Amiens Energies  

Category 3 - Combatting inequalities and poverty

WISE Project  
Prevention of homelessness  
Good support  

Category 4 - Building climate-resilient cities

Climate Active Neighbourhoods (CAN)  
Living Labs Brussels Retrofit  

Category 5 - Modernising health services

Cross border Community Paramedic Project  
Oulu Sote Labs  
Orsi Academy  

Every year, the European Commission awards those EU-funded projects, which demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. With the goal of inspiring other regions and project managers across Europe, participating projects are in the spotlight of communication activities at European level.

Thematic focus

The REGIOSTARS are awarded to projects in five thematic categories (smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, urban development and a topic of the year).

In 2019, the REGIOSTARS are focussed on five areas that are crucial for the future of EU regional policy:

  • promoting digital transformation;
  • connecting the green, blue and grey;
  • combatting inequalities and poverty;
  • building climate-resilient cities;
  • modernising health services.

High-level academics will assess the submitted project applications and crown the winners.

In addition, the public will decide on its own winner through a public on-line vote and award the Public choice award to one of the projects.

More details on the award categories is in the Guide for Applicants PDF en.

How to apply?

The Guide for Applicants provides you with all the necessary information to make your project a winner. Next to the detailed description of this year’s award categories, the eligibility and award criteria, this Guide contains a practical handbook to guide your through the process.

The on-line application platform is open from 19 February until 9 May 2019.

The winners in the five categories, and the winner of the public choice, will receive their well-deserved price at the festive REGIOSTARS ceremony, to take place in Brussels in October 2019.

199 submissions arrived this year for REGIOSTARS 2019, the annual competition rewarding excellence and new approaches in regional development. This year, we are proud to present to you all of the applications.
For details of the competition, we refer you to the Guide for Applicants PDF en.

Support your favourite project already now! Show the jury which project you find the best and reward them with a trip to Brussels to the REGIOSTARS 2019 award ceremony on the eve of 9 October .
The independent jury will choose up to 5 finalists per category, to be announced on 9 July. The votes casted after this date will be counted further for the finalists, competing for the REGIOSTARS 2019 public choice award.

For details of the projects, please choose the category you are interested in.