Apr 22, 2019

Since 2008, the European Commission hands out annual  REGIOSTARS awards  to 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 focus on five areas that are crucial for the future of EU regional policy:
- promoting digital transformation,
- connecting green and blue areas with built-up (grey) spaces,
- combatting inequalities and poverty,
- building climate-resilient cities and
- modernising health services – the topic of the year.

An independent jury of 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 online vote and award the Public choice award to one of the projects.

The online 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 prize at the festive REGIOSTARS awards ceremony, to take place in Brussels in October 2019.
The Guide for Applicants provides you with all the necessary information to make your project a winner, including the Eligibility and Award Criteria.

- In terms of funding periods, projects from both the 2007-2013 and the 2014-2020 periods are eligible.
- The starting date of the project must be after 1 January 2007.
- It is one of the eligibility criteria that a project has not taken part in a previous edition of REGIOSTARS Award – so, only “new” projects can be submitted for the competition. If the proposed project is a "follow-up" project to a previously presented project, it has to be demonstrated that the new project is not merely a continuation, but a completely new project.
- A maximum of five applications per operational programme can be submitted. The managing authority of the operational programme ensures with its endorsement that this maximum number is respected.
- Applications must be submitted by the project promoter (= the organization who is/was responsible for the implementation of the project). The application form shall be accompanied by the endorsement form, to be filled in by the managing authority.
- The application form is available in English. However, you can submit your project in any other official EU language.


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