Frequently Asked Questions
Which geographical entities are considered to be “regions”?
Which regional entities are eligible to enter the competition?
The Congress of the Council of Europe defines “region” in
article 2 of its Charter:
placed between central government and local authorities and
enjoying prerogatives either of self-organisation or of a type
normally associated with the central authority and having a
genuine competence to manage, on their own responsibility and
in the interests of their populations, a substantial share of
public affairs, in accordance with the principle of
Regional entities satisfying these
conditions are considered to be "regions" as understood by the
Congress of the Council of Europe and can enter the
How many candidates can compete? Is there a
limit set as to the number of participants?
Every region in any
member State of the Council of Europe can participate in the
competition without any limit.
Regions which conducted a project jointly can also compete (for
instance a euro-region made up of regions of various member
States of the Council of Europe).
What type of
projects is eligible ? What is meant by "technical project" and
"public awareness raising project" ?
The key condition for a
project to be eligible is that it can show proof of an economic
development that achieves social cohesion, meaning that the
project should be part of a regional economic development
program which strengthens the social cohesion in the region.
In the case of a public/ private cooperation
project, what should be the role of each partner?
In this case the role
of each partner has no importance; the fact that there was a
private public cooperation will be itself, a factor of a
What will be the prize? Will it be a
material or honorific award?
The Prize of
the Regions is an honorific reward ; it is part of the Council
of Europe's tradition of distinguishing and recognizing
European regional development
Where will the award ceremony be held?
ceremony will be held in the Council of Europe's buildings in
Who will be invited to the award ceremony?
prize-winners will be invited to the award ceremony, only the
project leader will be invited.
How many distinctions will be given? Will
they be given by categories?
There will be a minimum
of 3 and a maximum of 9 distinctions. The categories are
“technical” projects and “public awareness raising” projects.
Will the regions compete with regions from
all over Europe? Is there going to be territorial divisions of
Europe (Eastern, western, central Europe...)?
One of the main
purposes of the Prize of Regions is to allow regions with
different social, cultural and income patterns to enter the
competition in the same category. Consequently, the competition
will be between regions from all over Europe.
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