“RegioStars Awards” for Europe’s most innovative regional projects
Wallonia, Wales, Réunion Island, North Rhine-Westphalia and Greece take centre stage in Europe as winners of the 2009 RegioStars Awards. Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, and the President of the RegioStars Jury, Mr Job Cohen, Mayor of Amsterdam, will award prizes to the most innovative projects which have been supported by European Cohesion Policy. The Awards take place during a two-day conference in Brussels entitled “Regions for Economic Change – Networking for Results”.
“Stimulating Europe’s competitiveness and employment, particularly in this difficult economic climate, calls for new ideas and progressive thinking. The innovative projects under the spotlight today, provide a clear demonstration of how Cohesion Policy can make a difference and provide inspiration to other European regions,” Commissioner Hübner said.
On his experience as President of the Jury, Mr Job Cohen, Mayor of Amsterdam said “Not everybody in Europe is aware that the EU invests in thousands of projects in areas as varied as health, innovation and sustainability. These projects do not only enhance living and working conditions for those who benefit from them, but they also create networks throughout Europe which facilitate the exchange of experience. That makes Europe stronger and better. So it is only right the best projects get the attention they deserve. And that is just what the RegioStars are helping to do!”
The RegioStars Awards ceremony will take place tonight at the Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) in Brussels. All 271 regions of the European Union were invited to submit projects co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the period 2000-2006. Eligible applications were submitted from 18 Member States, out of which 25 projects were shortlisted by the Jury.