Two Interreg Europe projects will be competing for the RegioStars Awards in the 2021 edition.

  • Design4Innovation will be a candidate in the ‘SMART Europe: Increasing the competitiveness of local businesses in a digital world’ category. 
  • PERFECT has been nominated in the ‘GREEN Europe: Green and resilient communities in urban and rural setting’ category.

RegioStars Awards give recognition to original and innovative projects with potential to inspire other regions. The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices and new approaches in regional development.

A high-level jury chaired by Michel Barnier will select the winners. The public will also have a possibility to choose their favourite in an online vote later this year.

The shortlisted finalists will be announced in September. In October, the finalists will present their projects during the European Week of Regions and Cities (11-14 October). The winners will be revealed in an Awards Ceremony on 2 December in Dubrovnik (Croatia).

About Design4Innovation

Design4Innovation takes people-centred design approach to peer learning to build innovation capacity and inspire interregional knowledge exchange for small business competitiveness and sustainability. The project aims to help small and medium enterprises create more desirable products and services, be more profitable and grow faster; ultimately enhancing competitiveness of European SMEs by promoting design as a tool for user-centred innovation.

You can find an examples of Design4Innovation's results in our recent publication 'When Europe cooperates, regions benefit: 30 stories about the results of cooperation'. Flip to page 26 and see how the Maltese partner got inspired by a creative cluster in the UK and set up a new design cluster for cultural and creative micro entrepreneurs in Valletta. 

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PERFECT integrates the many benefits of green infrastructure into the planning and investment for the future of urban and rural areas. It seeks to influence the policy-making process by raising awareness of the social, environmental, and economic potential of green infrastructure. The project demonstrates how the protection, development and exploitation of natural heritage can deliver sustainable, smart and inclusive growth through the exchange of good practice on new uses of green infrastructure to blend with and enhance existing uses.

See what the PERFECT actions deliver in practice and take a short trip to Slovakia with a video story 'Nature comes to town' and see how Bratislava Karlova Ves municipality protects, nurtures and develops urban green spaces with tools and inspiration from PERFECT. The video is part of our web documentary 'When people work together solutions come easily'.

Would you like to know more? PERFECT organises its final event online on 18-19 May. Registration is open. 

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