Eurada News nº386 - March 2019

Regiostars and European Entrepreneurial Region Awards

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. 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 on-line 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. Next to the detailed description of this year’s award categories, the eligibility and award criteria, this Guide contains a practical handbook to guide your through the process.

The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) is a project that identifies and rewards EU regions which show an outstanding and innovative entrepreneurial policy strategy, irrespective of their size, wealth and competences. The regions with the most credible, forward-thinking and promising vision plan are granted the label “European Entrepreneurial Region” (EER) for a specific year.

Is open to all EU territories below the level of the Member State that are endowed with competences at a political level and able to implement an overall entrepreneurial vision, regardless of their size, wealth or specific competences.  Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1.    Political Vision and Commitment: Political vision for implementing the Small Business Act for Europe, realistic assessment of territory (swot analysis), demonstrate clear added value of the EER award, strong regional development strategy.
2.    Multi-level governance, partnership and cooperation.
3.    Delivery: strategy and concrete actions, not merely synthesise existing policies, follow up and monitoring mechanism, measures to optimize use of ESIF, be sustainable beyond EER, social, environmental, innovative and durable growth.
4.    Communication: communication plan, key target groups, enhance visibility of EU and CoR.

The deadline to submit applications is set at 27 March 2019. In the ten years of success stories page you can see how many of our members have been selected during all these years, such as: Murcia Region, Catalonia, Valencian Region, Extremadura, Asturias (Spain), Małopolska (Poland) and the former member of Eurada Lower Austria (Austria). The complete list of previous EER applications and forms.