European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award 2023

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The Secretary-General of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) invites EU territories to submit their

applications for the 2023 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award.

The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) award is an initiative of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) that identifies and rewards EU regions and cities with future-oriented entrepreneurial strategies. The territories with the most promising political strategy are granted the label “European Entrepreneurial Region” (EER) for a specific year.

The aim of this initiative is to:

  • contribute to the implementation at a local and regional level of the policies on entrepreneurship and SMEs;
  • demonstrate optimal use of EU and other public funds oriented towards the development of policies and programmes supporting entrepreneurs and SMEs within the region.

The theme of the EER 2023 campaign is ‘Entrepreneurship and resilient communities’, stressing the role of local and regional actors in supporting a bottom-up entrepreneurial culture to “build back better” after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The EER label is open to any EU territory, below the level of the Member State, that is endowed with competences at a political level and able to implement an overall entrepreneurial vision. Within the EER scheme, “regions” are defined in the broadest sense, including communities, autonomous communities, departments, Länder, provinces, counties, metropolitan areas, cities, as well as cross-border territories with legal personality.

Official documentation can be found here.

The deadline to submit applications is 29 March 2022.

Written by: Margherita Genua

Submitted on: 25.11.2021.


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