REGIOSTARS 2024 Awards

The REGIOSTARS Awards is an annual competition organised by DG Regio of the European Commission to identify good practice in EU-funded projects demonstrating regional development impact that could be attractive and inspiring to other regions and project managers. 

The REGIOSTARS 2024 competition is open for applications until 31 May.

This year you can apply in five categories corresponding to the cohesion policy objectives:

  1. A COMPETITIVE AND SMART EUROPE - Promoting competitiveness, innovation and economic resilience. 
  2. A GREEN EUROPE – The green transition as the enabler of regional development 
  3. A CONNECTED EUROPE - Enhancing mobility and connectivity between regions 
  4. A SOCIAL AND INCLUSIVE EUROPE - Achieving a more inclusive Europe by harnessing regional talents
  5. A EUROPE CLOSER TO THE CITIZENS - Fostering the sustainable development of all types of territories 

You can apply in English or in your own language. 

Projects must be completed at the time of submission. 

An independent jury of academics will select up to 5 finalists per category, who will compete in a final round during the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels. The award ceremony will also take place in Brussels during the same week.

The winners will receive a local communication campaign managed in cooperation with DG Regio to promote the winning projects in their region.

More information: https://regiostarsawards.eu/


Workshop "Single Market Programme: Opportunities for the outermost regions"

The workshop ‘’Single Market Programme: Opportunities for the outermost regions’’ will take place online:

08 February 2024

13:00–16:00 (Canary Islands, Madeira) | 12:00–15:00 (Azores)

Interpretation will be provided in French, Portuguese, Spanish, and English during the event

The Single Market Programme (SMP) is the EU funding programme to help the single market reach its full potential and supports businesses, in particular Small and Medium Sized enterprises in benefitting from the Single Market and ensure Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides an integrated package to support and strengthen the governance of the single market. The programme includes in some activities support to outermost regions and their integration in the internal market.

This workshop will focus on:

  • presenting the Single Market Programme and its specific opportunities for the EU Outermost Regions
  • providing recommendations on application procedures
  • sharing experiences from past beneficiaries
  • dedicating time for questions and answers

Make sure to confirm your participation by registering here and do not hesitate to share this invitation with colleagues!

Should you have any questions, please reach us out at OMRevents@ecorys.com

This information has been sent by Ecorys on behalf of the DG REGIO


1st CALL: 135 PROJECTS UNDER EVALUATION

A total of 138 projects were submitted under the 1st call for projects under the Interreg MAC 2021-2027 programme. Following the analysis of the admissibility conditions, a total of 135 projects have been declared admissible and are now in the evaluation phase.

The 135 projects under evaluation request more than 336 million euros of ERDF, more than 4 times the available funding (78 million euros).

The majority of the 135 projects were submitted under Priority 1 SMART MAC (50%), followed by Priority 2 GREEN MAC (46%) and finally Priority 4 MOBILITY MAC (4%).

SUMMARY 1st CALL FOR PROPOSALS
PRIORITY Nº projects under evaluation ERDF available ERDF requested
P1 – Smart MAC 68 37.068.800 160.540.834
P2 – Green MAC 62 37.068.800 169.029.517
P4 – Mobility MAC 5 4.633.600 7.209.350
TOTAL 135 78.771.200 336.779.700

A total of 1.376 entities participate in the projects, 906 from the European part of the cooperation area (MAC) and 470 entities from the 7 African partner countries.

Nº entities
Madeira 182
Azores 181
Canary Islands 543
Cape Verde 179
Ivory Coast 51
Gambia 21
Ghana 47
Mauritania 44
Senegal 73
St. Tomé and PrIncipe 55
1.376

The evaluation phase will last several months and the decision to approve the projects will be taken by the Steering Committee, foreseen in June 2024. The Lead Partners will be informed accordingly.


138 PROJECTS SUBMITTED TO THE 1st CALL FOR PROPOSALS

A total of 138 projects have been submitted to the 1st call for projects under the Interreg MAC programme, requesting more than 341 million euros of ERDF funding (more than 4 times more than the available funding).

A total of 1,402 entities participate in the projects, 924 from the European part of the
cooperation area (MAC) and 478 entities from the 7 African partner countries.

Nº entities Nº projects
Madeira 186 104
Azores 186 92
Canary Islands 552 135
Cape Verde 182 116
Ivory Coast 54 46
Gambia 21 19
Ghana 47 38
Mauritania 44 37
Senegal 75 56
St. Tomé and PrIncipe 55 51
Total 1402

The majority of the 138 projects were submitted under Priority 1 SMART MAC (51%), followed
by Priority 2 GREEN MAC (46%) and finally Priority 4 MOBILITY MAC (4%).

SUMMARY 1st CALL FOR PROPOSALS
PRIORITY Nº projects
presented
ERDF ERDF
requested
P1 - Smart MAC 70 37.068.800 164.280.092
P2 - Green MAC 63 37.068.800 169.935.835
P4 - Mobility MAC 5 4.633.600 7.209.350
TOTAL 138 78.771.200 341.425.277

The admissibility criteria of the projects submitted are being analysed. Those that are
admissible will proceed to the evaluation phase and those that do not meet any of the
admissibility conditions will be excluded. The Lead Partners will be informed accordingly.


Creative Europe Programme: Opportunities for the outermost regions

Do not miss the opportunity to attend the workshop ‘’Creative Europe Programme: Opportunities for the outermost regions’’ taking place online at the following times:

30 NOVEMBER 2023
Macaronesia basin: 13:00–16:00 (Canary Islands, Madeira) | 12:00–15:00 (Azores)

Interpretation will be provided in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English during the event.

The cultural and creative sectors in EU outermost regions have great economic and job creation potentials. Outermost regions contribute to the cultural diversity of the EU and play an important role in promoting exchanges of, including through mobility, and cooperation with people and organisations from third countries, in particular from their neighbouring countries.

The Creative Europe programme is the EU’s flagship programme to support the culture and audiovisual sectors. It invests in actions that reinforce cultural diversity and respond to the needs and challenges of the cultural and creative sectors. The programme includes specific provisions for the outermost regions.

This workshop will focus on:
presenting the Creative Europe programme and its specific opportunities for the EU outermost regions
providing recommendations on application procedures
sharing experiences from past beneficiaries
dedicating time for questions and answers

Make sure to confirm your participation by registering here and do not hesitate to share this invitation with colleagues for whom it might be relevant!

Should you have any questions, please reach us out at OMRevents@ecorys.com

Project team of the 7 Virtual Workshops on Competitive Programmes for ORs


SECOND MEETING OF THE MONITORING COMMITTEE OF THE INTERREG MAC 2021-2027 PROGRAMME HELD

On 22 November 2023, the II Monitoring Committee Meeting of the Interreg MAC 2021-2027 programme was held, chaired by the Managing Authority of the programme, Ms Celia Alberto Pérez, General Director of European Affairs of the Government of the Canary Islands.

The meeting was held in hybrid format, face-to-face and online, and was attended by representatives of the European Commission, the Member States of Spain and Portugal, the regional governments of Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands, the Audit Authority, the Certification Authority, the Environmental Authorities, the Economic and Social Committees, as well as the African partner countries of Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Mauritania, Senegal and Sao Tome and Principe.

This Committee discussed all the milestones of the programme carried out since the last meeting of the Committee in November 2022 (approved documentation, call presentation seminars, management software, programme website, etc.), the current status of the 1st call for the submission of projects, concertation between ERDF and NDICI funds, strategic projects, information on the financial management of the programme and the state of play of the MAC Programme 2014-2020.


WORKSHOP ‘HORIZON EUROPE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE OUTERMOST REGIONS’

On behalf of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), we would like to invite you to the workshop ‘Horizon Europe: Opportunities for the Outermost Regions’ taking place online at the following times:

16 November 2023

13:00–16:00 (Canary Islands, Madeira) | 12:00–15:00 (Azores)

Interpretation will be provided in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English during the event.

The Horizon Europe programme funding programme for research and innovation. The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It promotes the creation and wider dissemination of excellent knowledge and technologies.

Many Info Days about the programme have been and are being organised by the European Commission to give to prospective applicants and other stakeholders of EU research and innovation the opportunity to get information and ask questions about the main funding instruments, processes of Horizon Europe. Please find on this link the recent Info days and other useful resources.

This workshop will focus on:

  • presenting the Horizon Europe programme and its opportunities for the EU Outermost Regions
  • providing recommendations on application procedures
  • sharing experiences from past beneficiaries
  • dedicating time for questions and answers

Make sure to confirm your participation by registering here and do not hesitate to share this invitation with colleagues for whom it might be relevant!


THE PRESENTATION AND THE RECORDING OF THE ONLINE WORKSHOP ON THE e-MAC APPLICATION FORM ARE AVAILABLE

You can download the presentation in the section Calls / 1st Call / Documents for the presentation of projects:

You can access the recording of the online presentation of the application form held on 29 September 2023 on the program's YouTube channel:


CHANGES IN THE DOCUMENTATION OF THE 1ST CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

We inform you that there have been some changes in the following documents of the 1st call, published in the section Calls / 1st call:

TERMS OF THE CALL: Small changes have been introduced in the requirements for ERDF partners (no longer "effective seat of management" but "having a permanent seat, office or establishment") and in the requirements for private companies.

METHODOLOGY FOR THE EVALUATION AND SELECTION OF PROJECTS: The admissibility requirements have been modified as now there is no obligation to attach the Letters of Commitment of all participants (it will be required in case of approval of the project).

ELIGIBILITY DATA SHEETS 3 AND 4: ERDF partners will be able to declare at real cost under the heading "Costs for external services and consultancy" the travel and accommodation expenses paid to their partners from African countries. 

GUIDE FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ENTITIES IN e-MAC: 

  • Registration of entities from Third countries (7 African partner countries): only visible to the user who registers the entity.
  • Several levels of registration with the same NIF: only for public entities under public law and for Foundations/NGOs/Non-Profit Associations (case of SPEA/Red Cross, etc., with the same NIF and headquarters in Madeira and Azores).
  • Obligation to attach document(s) of evidence of the registered data: Name of the entity, NIF and legal responsible for the level of registration.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO DOWNLOAD THE LATEST VERSIONS OF THE MODIFIED DOCUMENTS.


TECHNICAL WORKSHOP ON THE APPLICATION FORM OF e-MAC

We would like to announce that next friday 29th.September there will be a technical online seminar for those interested in submitting projects to the 1st call of the INTERREG MAC 2021-2027 programme.

The aim of the seminar is to present the module APPLICATION FORM of the e-MAC computer system. It is addressed to entities from the three European regions of the programme.

The timetable of the seminar will be from 10:00 to 12:00h approximately (Canary Islands and Madeira time, 1 hour less in Azores).

Webminar link:

https://zoom.us/j/92132329321?pwd=ZzROeFoycjhQdk5lbXQ4anh3TTA2QT09
ID: 921 3232 9321

Access code : 954404