28 October 2014

European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to inform you that the 2016 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award is currently open for applications. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2015. The application form and related information are available on the EER web page: www.cor.europa.eu/eer

What is the EER Award?
The EER award identifies and rewards EU territories with outstanding future oriented entrepreneurial strategies that are realised through concrete and measurable actions contributing to the implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe through actions demonstrating optimal use of public fundingirrespective of the territory's size, wealth and competences. The territories with the most visible, credible, forward- looking and promising political vision are granted the label “European Entrepreneurial Region 2016” (EER).

Who can apply?
All EU territories below the level of the Member State that are endowed with competences at a political level and able to implement an overall entrepreneurial vision are welcome to participate. Within the EER scheme, "regions" are defined in the broadest sense, including communities, autonomous communities, departments, Länder, provinces, counties, metropolitan areas, large cities, as well as cross-border territories with legal personality such as EGTCs and Euroregions.

EER Info Day
On the 23 October an EER Info Day was organized in order to disseminate information about the new EER scheme andprovide practical advice to potential applicants. The event can be watched again here. All the related material can be downloaded at the event's website.

Please submit your application for the EER 2016 label, together with a written declaration of political commitment, by email to:eer-cdr@cor.europa.eu
Deadline for applications: Monday 16 March 2015

More information:          www.cor.europa.eu/eer