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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Category 1 - Promoting digital transformationEnergy Cells GR
Category 2 - Connecting green, blue and greyCobBauge
Category 3 - Combatting inequalities and povertyGood support
Category 4 - Building climate-resilient citiesClimate Active Neighbourhoods (CAN)
Category 5 - Modernising health servicesOrsi Academy
Public choice awardCityWalk
The voting is open from 9 July until 9 September midnight.
Category 1 - Promoting digital transformationEnergy Cells GR
Digital Library Librarium
Open data in the Stockholm region
Category 2 - Connecting green, blue and greyLos_Dama!
Le réseau de chaleur Amiens Energies
Category 3 - Combatting inequalities and povertyEUMINT
Prevention of homelessness
Category 4 - Building climate-resilient citiesCityWalk
Climate Active Neighbourhoods (CAN)
Living Labs Brussels Retrofit
Category 5 - Modernising health serviceseMen
Cross border Community Paramedic Project
Oulu Sote Labs
Launch of the REGIOSTARS Awards 2019
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 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 .
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.
Applicants for Regiostars 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 .
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.