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.
EU Cohesion policy: Commission announces the winners of the REGIOSTARS 2020 awards
Today, the European Commission has announced the winners of the 2020 edition of the REGIOSTARS Awards that reward the best Cohesion policy projects in the whole European Union. For the first time ever, this year’s edition of the REGIOSTARS ceremony, happening during the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities, was fully digital. Six European Commissioners hosted the event remotely: Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira; Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová; Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel; Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit; Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni; and Commissioner for the Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Virginijus Sinkevičius. As previously announced, this year’s competition counted the highest ever number of applications (206) and a high number of votes for the public choice’s category (33,000).
Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, commented: “I want to warmly congratulate the best EU Cohesion policy projects of 2020. Project beneficiaries are the stars of the EU Cohesion policy because they are the ones making our mission a reality, that is to say, an EU more fair and cohesive, ensuring convergence across living standards and increasing everyone’s wellbeing. The REGIOSTARS Awards show that we can achieve excellent results when the EU, Member States, regions and cities work together for the best use and implementation of EU funds and projects.”
- For “Industrial transition for a smart Europe” (1st category) the award went to ‘ESA BIC Portugal - Promoting the space economy and the European Space Agency incubation program’, which promotes space technologies on innovative solutions to non-space markets, a pioneer in Europe generating more than €11,5 million in investments and 100 highly skilled jobs in 30 innovative start-ups.
- For “Circular economy for a green Europe” (2nd category) the winner was ‘TAKE THE COOL FOOD CHALLENGE - Take a bite out of climate change by making small changes to your diet’ for its contribution to reducing carbon emissions by encouraging people to follow a healthy diet.
- The award for “Skills & education for a digital Europe” (3rd category) went to ‘E-SCHOOLS, PILOT PROJECT - Establishing a System for Developing Digitally Mature Schools’ which has helped 10% of Croatian schools and around 50,000 teachers and 500,000 students to switch to a new level of education.
- The award “Citizen engagement for cohesive European cities” (4th category) has been granted to ‘SHICC - Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities’ to support democratic organizations that develop and manage homes affordable to people with low and median incomes.
- The specific 2020 category “Youth empowerment for cooperation across border - 30 years of Interreg” award has been given to ‘ENERGY@SCHOOL: Energy optimization and behavior change into schools of Central Europe’ for developing a scheme to train school students to become responsible for monitoring their school energy consumption.
- Finally, the public has chosen ‘Time is now for change’ for its impact on youth empowerment cooperation across borders.
The REGIOSTARS are Europe’s awards to EU-funded projects that demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. The European Commission started the awards in 2008. With the goal of inspiring other regions and project managers across Europe, participating projects are in the spotlight of communication activities at the European level. Five categories and a public choice award are up for grabs every year.
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Launch of the REGIOSTARS Awards 2020
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.
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.
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.
Applicants for Regiostars 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.
Finalists - Vote for your favorite project!
The independent jury has selected 25 finalists, 5 for each category of the 2020 Regiostars Award.
As of today and until 15 September, vote for the Public Choice Award is open on the competition platform: https://regiostarsawards.eu.
You can find here below the list of the 25 finalists, 5 for each category (complete project fiches will be published on Inforegio in the coming weeks):
Industrial Transition for a smart Europe
- Smart Solar Charging Region Utrecht
- HyTrEc2- Hydrogen Transport Economy for the North Sea Region 2
- House of Digitalization
- METAL 3D INNOVATIONS (Me3DI)
- ESA BIC Portugal- Promoting the space economy and the European Space Agency incubation program in Centro Region
Circular Economy for a Green Europe
- Take the Cool Food challenge
- SeRaMCo- Secondary Raw Materials for Concrete Precast Products
- Fibrenamics Green
- EcoDesign Circle
- Blue Circular Economy
Skills&Education for a digital Europe
- E-SCHOOLS, PILOT PROJECT
- Museums over the borders
- CYNIC- Cyber security in Innovation and Business Communication
- Digital Academies for Inclusive Learning
- Digital platform for remote training
Citizens engagement for cohesive European Cities
- A Jewel in a Poor Neighbourhood
- High Five! jugendrechte im quartier
- SHICC- Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities
- VilaWATT- INNOVATIVE LOCAL PUBLICPRIVATE-CITIZEN PARTNERSHIP FOR ENERGY GOVERNANCE
Youth empowerment for cooperation across borders - 30 years of Interreg
- Time is now for change
- IEER Interreg Europe
- DEM KLIMA AUF DER SPUR
- XBIT- CROSS-BORDER IT NETWORK FOR COMPETITIVENESS, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Category 1: Industrial Transition for a smart Europe
ESA BIC Portugal (PT)
A project based in Portugal’s Centro region has helped entrepreneurs and SMEs generate new business and innovation by supporting their access to and use of space technologies and satellite data. High-tech space-bound solutions are being used to create new products and services in sectors such as transport and logistics, healthcare, agriculture and the environment. In its first five years of operation, the ESA-BIC Portugal project helped to generate more than EUR 11.5 million in sales and turnover, while creating 30 start-ups and around 100 highly skilled jobs.
Category 2: Circular Economy for a Green Europe
Take the Cool Food challenge (FR-UK)
Food accounts for nearly a fifth of our individual carbon footprints. Although this can be lowered, doing so requires individuals to adopt more sustainable food choices – choices that most people simply don’t know about. But thanks to the Cool Food Challenge, an EU-funded initiative between the UK and France, there’s a fun, interactive way to make smart, sustainable food choices.
Category 3: Skills&Education for a digital Europe
E-SCHOOLS, PILOT PROJECT (HR)
The e-Schools project aims to increase information and communication technology (ICT) use in primary and secondary education in Croatia by providing ICT equipment and educational tools for schools and teachers. This will enhance teachers' professional development, improve the quality of education and increase students' employability.
Category 4: Citizens engagement for cohesive European Cities
SHICC - Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities (BE - DE - FR - IE - NL - UK)
European funds are being used to showcase a community-focused model for land and affordable housing solutions in four cities across Belgium, France and the UK. Currently in development, these pilot sites will be studied to assess how sustainable and inclusive communities can be launched elsewhere in Europe. The project aims to make information and expertise accessible to people hoping to launch their own initiatives.
Category 5: Youth empowerment for cooperation across borders - 30 years of Interreg
ENERGY@SCHOOL (AT - DE - HR - HU - IT - PL - SI)
Youth will play a crucial role in Europe’s transition to a carbon neutral continent. Energy@School trained pupils to become ‘junior energy guardians’. This awareness-raising approach resulted in significant energy efficiency improvements for the participating schools and can easily be rolled out in other regions. The project has shown that giving youth greater responsibility can be as effective as expensive renovation measures.
Public Choice Award
Time is now for change (LT - PL)
Working with and supporting at-risk youth is never an easy task. Doing so across borders is even more challenging. But thanks to the cooperation and coordinated programming facilitated by the EU-funded Time is Now for Change project, the Polish-Lithuanian cross-border region has succeeded in doing exactly that.