The European Commission has announced the 17 finalists for the RegioStars 2015 awards which honour Europe’s most inspirational and innovative regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds.
An independent jury selected the finalists from 143 entries on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership. These projects should serve as best practices examples for other regions and cities, illustrating the kind of investments that the Commission wants to see more of in the future.
The finalists come from regions and cities in 15 Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The four winners in each category – Smart Growth, Sustainable Growth, Inclusive Growth and CityStars – will be announced during the 2015 Open Days event in Brussels from 12 to 15 October 2015.
UK finalists are:
Category 1 – SMART GROWTH: Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy
-Digital Tourism (Wales, UK)
Category 2 – SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society
-London Green Fund (UK)
Category 3 – INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion
-Fit for Work (Wales, UK)