RegioStars 2012 awards presented
By Isabelle Smets | Friday 15 June 2012
The RegioStars 2012 awards, recognising the most innovative regional development projects co-financed by the EU Structural Funds, were presented in Brussels, on 14 June. Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn presented the awards to projects developed in Sweden, Poland, Austria and by two transnational partnerships. «This year’s winners are model projects in low-carbon economy, climate change adaptation and combating marginalisation,» commented Hahn.
The European Commission received a record 107 applications this year. According to jury President Luc van den Brande, former Committee of the Regions president, choosing the winning projects «generated much discussion».
Applications for 2013 had to be submitted by 20 April 2012. Finalists will be invited to present their projects to an independent jury at the Open Days, in October 2012.
Further information is available at
Category 1: Smart growth - Eco World Styria
A project to increase the concentration of ‘clean’ technology companies in the Austrian region of Styria. Its objective: «to make the region globally competitive in the field of clean technology innovation»
Category 2: Sustainable growth - Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco-towns (GRaBS)
A project with 14 partners from eight member states (Austria, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovakia and the United Kingdom) to provide the tools and knowledge to ensure that urban development is adapted to the impacts of climate change
Category 3: Inclusive growth - Older people for older people
This project aims to capitalise on the collective skills, experience and knowledge of a generation to identify the priorities for support services and activities for older people (Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Northern Ireland and Greenland)
Category 4: Citystar - South-East Malmö (SÖM)
A project to create a socially, environmentally and financially sustainable environment in four districts of South-East Malmö, a city particularly affected by unemployment and dependence on social benefits
Category 5: Informing the public – Podlaskie website
Available in Polish and English, the site –
www.podlaskiedotacje.pl – provides comprehensive, detailed information on EU investments (including presentations, photos and maps showing the investment location) and programme beneficiaries