Welcome to the 2023 competition platform
REGIOSTARS 2023 winners have been announced by Commissioner Elisa Ferreira.
Congratulations to all winning projects: Edificio Fundación Pasqual Maragall, From mine to river. The Water Guardians!, Dynaxibility4CE, ProFem 2.0, EuregioFamilyPass, and Techgrounds West! The public choice award went for the Cultural Art Centre: Museum and Library in the city of Burgas. The winners will receive a local communication campaign hosted by the European Commission.
You can get to know all the winning projects and finalists here below.
We would like to take the opportunity, to thank everyone for their participation in this year’s competition. Next year’s competition will be launched in February 2024, stay tuned!
A competitive and smart Europe
Edificio Fundación Pasqual Maragall
Construction of the building for research on Alzheimer and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Thanks to the EU-funding the foundation has now state-of-the-art infrastructure that enables research, digitalisation of all information, and networking with other EU countries to tackle the biggest social and health problem of the 21st century affecting more than 50M people.
A green Europe
From mine to river. The Water Guardians!
Water is essential to life, while mining provides economic resources. The Romania-Serbia underground is rich in resources, but the mining has affected the environment, transforming the water into the “mining’s most common casualty.” We must share data to understand how chemical pollution affects soil and water. Two universities and one NGO researched for a solution to cut the degree of pollution caused by mining activities and to restore the natural attractiveness of the border area.
A connected Europe
Germany, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Poland
Dynaxibility4CE improved low-carbon mobility and air quality across the Central European region by increasing the ability of public transport authorities to deal with new mobility trends, providing strategies and tools that enable dynamic and flexible planning in complex environments. The project supported 7 partner cities and regions with the implementation of sustainable urban mobility plans following the news trends.
A social and inclusive Europe
ProFem 2.0 represents a significant shift in support for victims of sexual violence. With the active participation of both clients and professionals, we have improved and expanded the services of our non-profit organisation and shared this knowledge further. This makes our assistance effective, responds to the needs of the victims and has a systemic overlap. An important output of the project is the preparatory material of the Comprehensive Centre for Victims of Sexual Violence, on which we are working. It will be the first of its kind in the Czech Republic with all support services under one roof.
A Europe closer to the citizens
The "EuregioFamilyPass" is a card for families in the Euregio Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino. It offers numerous benefits at participating partners throughout region in the fields of leisure, mobility, culture, education, shopping, and more. Through increased mobility facilitated by special offers from participating partners, families can actively experience crossing the borders of the Euregio.
Topic of the year: European year of skills
TechGrounds has the mission to solve the mismatch in the IT labour market. We do not think there is a shortage of IT people if we look at the talent differently. TechGrounds offers a walk-through approach to IT, from orientation to training. In Amsterdam’s New West, this project trained 227 hidden talents, 60 % of whom are now employed. The results validated the approach and led to a development of a sustainable business model to bring thousands of people into the IT labour market in the future.
WINNER PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD
A Europe closer to the citizens
Cultural Art Centre: museum and library
At the heart of the project is the idea of modernizing cultural infrastructure in the municipality of Burgas to support the development of the local community based on knowledge, creative innovation and joint cultural life. The project responds to contemporary challenges requiring support for strategically important initiatives such as preservation and promotion of cultural diversity, creative mobility, protection of cultural intellectual property, development of cultural and creative industries.
REGIOSTARS are the yearly competition organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General Regional and Urban Policies since 2008. Over the years it has become the Europe’s label of excellence for EU-funded projects, which demonstrate the impact and inclusiveness of regional development. 2023 is the year of renewal and re-launch of the competition.
From this year the REGIOSTARS are awarded to projects in six thematic categories:
• Category 1) A COMPETITIVE AND SMART EUROPE
• Category 2) A GREEN EUROPE
• Category 3) A CONNECTED EUROPE
• Category 4) A SOCIAL AND INCLUSIVE EUROPE
• Category 5) A EUROPE CLOSER TO THE CITIZENS
• Category 6) TOPIC OF THE YEAR (European Year of Skills 2023)
By putting forward solutions to common challenges and tapping into the biggest opportunities, the REGIOSTARS have inspired regions to deliver evermore-impactful EU regional policy.