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INTERREG IVC brought inspiration to Czech regions
The third in a row 'Inspiration for future' workshop organised by INTERREG IVC for representatives of public authorities and bodies governed by public law took place on 11 April 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. The participants discussed the benefits for their regions and interregional cooperation in the new funding period 2014-2020.
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INTERREG IVC good practices discussed and displayed in Bulgaria
On 28 March 2013, INTERREG IVC brought an exhibition of good practices and a national dissemination workshop on 'Inspiration for future' to Sofia, Bulgaria, for Bulgarian representatives of public bodies to share their experience with INTERREG IVC projects and give the programme some feedback on their future expectations on interregional cooperation. It was the second in a row of national workshops on presence and future of interregional cooperation.
GRaBS got the RegioStars award 2012
The INTERREG IVC project GRaBS has won a prestigious RegioStars award in the category ‘Sustainable growth’. The award was given by the Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn and the President of the Jury, Luc van den Brande in a special ceremony on 14 June 2012.
Comissioner Hahn commented: “We repeatedly stress the importance of investing in dynamic and innovative sectors, so Europe can keep making a difference in a more globalized economy. I am proud to say that all of these projects is leading the way in realizing our common Europe 2020 goals.” President of the Jury, the former President of the Committee of the Regions, Luc van den Brance explained that to choose the winners among so many outstanding applications generated many discussions. In the 5th round of Awards, the European Commission received a record of 107 applications, of which 24 were chosen as finalists. The GRaBS project was competing with 21 other projects in the category "Sustainable growth: Eco system services”.
The GRaBS project of 14 partners from eight EU Member States was highlighted by the Jury for sustainable regional development that will enable not only GRaBS partners, but also local authorities through Europe to develop and implement policies that recognise the crucial role of green and blue infrastructure in climate change adaptation.
Diane Smith, European Affairs manager at the Town and Country Planning Association, which is acting as the Lead partner in the GRaBS project, said: “We are delighted to have won a RegioStars Award. Winning this award is testimony to the hard work put by all partners and we hope it will also raise awareness across Europe of the kind of positive responses that exist to secure the long term well being of our local communities.”
Christophe Di Pompeo, representative from the Managing Authority, Member of the Regional Council and President of the Commission of European Affairs of the Region was happy that the INTERREG IVC programme received this award which recognise the achievements of interregional cooperation projects.
The EC announced that 138 applications were received for the next year's RegioStars awards (The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive ...) . The INTERREG IVC programme submitted five applications for 2013.
Video about the GRaBS
Related news on the INTERREG IVC website:
- Photo gallery from the awards ceremony (selected pictures, © European Union / Scorpix)
- Five INTERREG IVC projects submitted for RegioStars Awards 2013 (23/04/2012)
- RegioStars Awards 2013: call for applications (21/02/2012)
- 'GRaBS’ - finalists of the 2012 RegioStars Awards (12/12/2011)
- Two INTERREG IVC projects submitted for RegioStars Awards 2012 (08/08/2011)