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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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. 

Background

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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Category 1 - Promoting digital transformation

Energy Cells GR  

Category 2 - Connecting green, blue and grey

CobBauge  

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

CityWalk  

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

Los_Dama!  
CobBauge  
Le réseau de chaleur Amiens Energies  
Capture  
Ecomare  


Category 3 - Combatting inequalities and poverty

EUMINT  
WISE Project  
Jacob@Ccess  
Prevention of homelessness  
Good support  


Category 4 - Building climate-resilient cities

CityWalk  
Climate Active Neighbourhoods (CAN)  
Ranta  
Living Labs Brussels Retrofit  
R-Sol-E  


Category 5 - Modernising health services

eMen  
Cross border Community Paramedic Project  
Oulu Sote Labs  
Effic’Asthme  
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.

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