In February 2016, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy launched the RegioStars Awards 2016. The objective of RegioStars is to identify good practice in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be inspiring to other regions and project managers.
There are five RegioStars Award categories for 2016:
- Category 1, Smart Growth: Emerging opportunities in the global economy
- Category 2, Sustainable Growth: Circular Economy
- Category 3, Inclusive Growth: Integrated living – building inclusive and non-segregated communities
- Category 4, CityStar: Innovative solutions for sustainable urban development
- Category 5, Effective management: Making a difference by managing differently
An independent jury will review the applications and finalist projects will be invited to attend an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, 11th October 2016, during the European Week of Regions and Cities. Finalists will also be included in a brochure, published by the European Commission, as well as in the online database of best practices on the Inforegio website. For each winner, a short video will also be produced,.
Applications can be sent by the regional or local Managing Authority, or by the project manager, but with the endorsement of the responsible Managing Authority.
ENIL would particularly like to encourage authorities implementing projects supporting independent living of disabled people to apply under Category 3 – Inclusive Growth: Integrated living – building inclusive and non-segregated communities. In addition to having a chance of receiving the RegioStars Award, this would help share best practice in using the European Structural and Investment Funds to facilitate independent living.
Application forms must be submitted online at this link.
The online registration platform will be accessible from 15th February to 15th April 2016.
The information should preferably be provided in English, but can also be submitted in French or German if necessary.