The prize has been set up as to recognise the most innovative projects that have been supported by European Regional Policy, creating hundreds of new jobs from the EU budget.
All EU regions were invited to submit projects which had received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) or the Cohesion Fund after 1 January 2000. 66 eligible applications were submitted from 18 Member States, out of which 31 projects were shortlisted by the jury. This year, six awards were on offer: two on the “economic competitiveness” theme, two for “low carbon economy” and two awards for information and communication.
The winners are:
A. Economic competitiveness themes
Category 1. Networking and cluster initiatives supporting regional growth and Small-and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) access to global markets
Winner: Growth in Environmental Marine Science, Wales, UK (€1,31 million in EU funding from the ERDF)
Category 2. Anticipating economic change
Winner: SLIM (System Management for Innovative Platforms), Northern Mid Sweden (€1,30 million in EU funding from the ERDF)
B. Low carbon economy themes
Category 3 “CityStar”-Promoting sustainable energy in cities
Winner: Amsterdam Smart City, Netherlands (€1,56 million in EU funding from ERDF)
Category 4 “CityStar”-Integrated, clean urban transport projects
Winner: Innovative and sustainable mobility in Funchal (CIVITAS MIMOSA), Madeira, Portugal (€2,01 million in EU funding from the ERDF)
C. Information and communication theme
Category 5. Promotional photo of a co-funded project
Winner (public vote): Capelinhos Lighthouse, Azores, Portugal (€3,37 million in EU funding from ERDF)
Winner (jury choice): Age makes no Difference, Partners: Northern municipalities in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands (€438.000 in EU funding)
The RegioStar 2012 competition is open. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2011.
Find out more about the 2011 winners and on how to apply for the 2012 competition on: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperation/interregional/ecochange/regiostars_en.cfm?nmenu=4#intro