REGIOSTARS Awards

The Regiostars are Europe’s award to EU-funded projects which demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. The European Commission started the Regiostars Award in 2008. With the goal of inspiring other regions and project managers across Europe, participating projects are in the spotlight of communication activities at European level. Five categories and a public choice award are up for grab every year.

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All record has been broken once again: with 206 submissions the 2020 REGIOSTARS are the new record edition for the annual competition rewarding excellence and new approaches in regional development.

It is an outstanding results that confirms the trend of growth in participation that we are witnessing every year.

Industrial transition, circular economy, skills&education for a digital Europe, Citizen Engagement, youth empowerment through 30 years of Interreg: these five categories are the battlefield of the competition.

This year, the short presentation of all applications will be available on the competition platform used by particpants: https://regiostarsawards.eu/.

And the fun starts now: Support your favourite project as of today! Show the jury which project you find the best by expressing your like on the competition platform.

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 2020 public choice award.

Good luck to all participants!

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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 2020, the REGIOSTARS are focussed on five areas that are crucial for the future of EU regional policy:

  • Industrial Transition for a smart Europe
  • Circular Economy for a Green Europe
  • Skills&education for a digital Europe
  • Citizens engagement for cohesive European Cities
  • Youth empowerment for cooperation across borders - 30 years of Interreg

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. Clarification endorsement letter 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 2 March until 9 May 2020.

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 2020.

206 submissions arrived this year for REGIOSTARS 2020!

Vote your favourite project here: https://regiostarsawards.eu/

An 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 2020 public choice award.

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