All about the Prize of the Regions of the
Who can participate in?
All regions that comply with the principles of the Charter of the Congress of
Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.
Note: If a project consists of several partners, all partners must provide a
written and signed agreement of their participation in the competition. The
prize will be awarded to the lead partner. Other partners will receive awards of
The questions each region has to answer have been identified in the
Application form. Of the following criteria, 1-3 are compulsory. For criteria
4-8, applicant regions will be asked to comply with a minimum of 3.
1. The project must be in line with the democratic
and social principles of the Council of Europe
2. A project can be either:
b. Public/private co-operation.
Both types of project should ensure that the project results make a
long-term difference for the region. The public/private co-operation should
guarantee that the pressures on public finances are lessened.
3. The project should be completed but it should
continue to produce results
Projects must fit in the local authority or region’s strategic long-term
development. They may not be one-off projects.
4. Projects should be transferable, serve as a
model and promote best practice for other regions
It should be possible to recreate and reproduce the project.
5. The project should be innovative
Innovation can mean a whole new set of solutions. It can also mean using
an existing solution in a new way.
6. The project should enhance public social
Projects should not exist in isolation. Even if the initial project phase
is aimed at a small test population, the aim must be to include larger
7. The regional citizens should have a high
awareness of the project
The region should have made its citizens aware of the project. The
project should also show a reasonable level of uptake and continued use of the
8. The projects should support sustainable
This is sustainability in the widest sense. It can mean democratic
sustainability, financial sustainability, a higher degree of integration in the
society, as well as environmental sustainability.
Proposed prize categories
Projects can be of two types – “technical” or “public awareness
Technical projects are projects that intervene directly to solve an identified
insufficiency in the region in areas such as research and innovation, regional
employment initiatives, regional democracy initiatives (inclusion, education,
culture…), regional financial initiatives (microcredits, science parks…).
Public awareness raising projects are regional projects that aim at informing
regional citizens of a solution and/or opportunity that already exists.
Call for applications and
processing of applications
Regions of the 47 Council of Europe member states are invited to
present their candidature. The closing date for submission of applications is
September, 10th 2008. The applications can be sent either by e-mail
or post. The date on the postal stamp is valid. Applications cannot exceed the
allocated space (see Application form) and must be completed in English or
French. The application should succinctly describe the project’s unique nature,
and explain its development. The application form, in French and English can be
More detailed information may be enclosed with the application (20 pages maximum).
Such information may be submitted in the national language with a summary in
Applications that are incomplete or arrive after the closing date will not be
An independent jury will meet in October 2008. It will be chaired by the
President of the Congress and composed of eminent personalities.