14/06/2012 at 19:00
Where: Hotel Plaza, 118 Blvd Adolphe Max, 1000 Brussels
Topic: Regions and local development
Organiser: European Commission
On 14 June the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn will present the 2012 RegioStars Awards to Europe's most innovative and inspiring projects. The objective of RegioStars is to identify good practice in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects, supported under EU Regional Policy.
In the current 5th round of Awards, the European Commission received a record 107 applications, of which 24 were chosen as finalists. The independent jury will announce the winners on 14 June, which will be presented by Commissioner Hahn at the Awards Ceremony that evening, as part of the annual Regions for Economic Change conference.
There are five RegioStars Award categories for 2012:
SMART GROWTH: Innovative projects or schemes supporting service innovation in its different forms.
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Investments in ecosystem services and green infrastructure leading to sustainable regional development.
INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Strategies, initiatives or projects addressing the challenge of demographic change and supporting active ageing. (2012 is the "European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations")
CITYSTAR CATEGORY: Integrated strategies for the development of deprived urban areas.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION CATEGORY: Informing the public on the internet about projects benefiting from EU Regional policy.
Commissioner Hahn will be accompanied by President of the RegioStars Jury, Luc van den Brande, (former Committee of the Regions President) to present the 2012 RegioStars awards at the Plaza Hotel, 118-126 Blvd Adolphe Max, 1000 Brussels on 14 June at 19.00.
A briefing introducing the winners (under embargo) will take place on the same day at 17.00, also in the Plaza Hotel.
The Regions for Economic Change (RfEC) conference entitled "Transforming Regional Economies: the Power of Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation" will take place on 15 June in Brussels. The event will be a discussion forum for the challenges and benefits of implementing smart specialisation strategies through EU Structural Funds and how to best fit these smart strategies into different national and regional contexts.