2016 RegioStars Awards finalists announcement

regio stars 2016 awardsThe objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. The RegioStars Awards Jury has announced the finalists for the 2016 edition of the RegioStars Awards, the yearly competition honouring Europe’s most inspiring and innovating regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds.

The 23 selected finalists come from regions and cities in 14 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

According to the forward by Mrs. Corina Creţu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy

We hope that, by putting the spotlight on these great projects, other regions and cities will be inspired to reflect on the diverse kind of investments that can be made in the fields of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as urban development. This year, for the first time, a category of the RegioStars Awards has also been dedicated to highlighting initiatives contributing to better management of EU Cohesion funds. Being a RegioStars Awards finalist is not only a quality label designating an innovative project, it is also an international recognition of regions and cities for their innovative and efficient approach to using EU funds.

Mr. Lambert van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament states the following

In this brochure you will find descriptions of the 23 finalists that have been selected by the expert jury and which highlight how EU funds support innovative and inspiring projects. These creative projects address some of Europe’s main challenges through targeted support for SMEs, social inclusion strategies, the circular economy and urban development. I was particularly happy to learn that, this year, a new category had been introduced which focuses specifically on how EU funds can be managed better in the Member States.

The Award Categories for 2016 are:

regio stars 2016 awards categories


The identified good practices per category are the following:

01 Smart Growth

  • Bridge to med-tech success
  • A cure for the medical research-to-market gap
  • Enriched network crosses more than borders
  • A clean sweep for tech growth in Denmark
  • Updating the ‘made in Italy’ brand for a global market

02 Sustainable Growth

  • Brussels greenbizz: a green and sustainable business incubator
  • Centro bio: bio-based growth for rural economies
  • Wealth from waste in northern and arctic marine regions
  • Extracting value-added ingredients from wine waste
  • Regional cooperation drives sustainable waste solution

03 Inclusive Growth

  • Helping the social economy reach its full potential
  • Opening minds and improving lives in the border region between Italy and Austria
  • Euregio barrierefrei: a travel website for people with
  • Disabilities in Germany and Austria
  • Working together to increase employability

04 Citystar

  • Ruhr valley on the right path to greener mobility
  • Foodmet – covered market at the abattoirs de cureghem
  • Intelligent transport tools give Wrocław a new lease of life
  • Citizen-led regeneration benefits residents of Gdańsk
  • Urban benefits of efficient stock distribution

05 Effective Management

  • A collective approach to transparency
  • Rocking Eropean social policy
  • A simpler approach to managing R&D funding
  • Open innovation tool puts citizens in the driving seat

You can download the report from here

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