The European Commission issued the RegioStars 2013 competition – the sixth annual awards – for the most innovative regional development projects co-funded by the EU’s Structural Funds, which will be awarded in June 2013 in Brussels. As in the previous year, five prize categories have been defined: * smart growth – connecting universities to regional growth; * durable growth – supporting resource efficiency in small companies; * inclusive growth – creative/innovate responses to social challenges; * CityStar – sustainable urban development and communication; * information and communication – promotion of the EU’s regional policy via short video clips. For the 2013 awards, the selected finalists will, for the first time, have the opportunity to showcase their projects before an independent jury during the October 2012 Open Days. For further information and the application forms see: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperate/regions_for_economic_change/regiostars_13_en.cfm. The Managing Authority’s deadline for sending in the most innovative projects to the European Commission is 20 April 2012. Interested Lead Beneficiaries should submit their application in English language until 31 March 2012 to the Managing Authority/Joint Technical Secretariat via e-mail to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of further questions please contact Natalie Majcenovič on 00386 2 2294 209.