The European Commission issued the RegioStars 2014 competition – the seventh annual awards – for the most innovative regional development projects co-funded by the EU’s Structural Funds, which will be awarded in in the beginning of 2014 in Brussels. As in the previous year, five award categories have been defined: * Smart Growth: SME innovation * Sustainable Growth: Green growth and jobs through Bio-economy * Inclusive Growth: Creating jobs for the young generation * CityStar: Investment projects in sustainable urban public transport * Major Investment Projects: Energy efficiency and the low carbon economy For the 2014 awards, the selected finalists will, will have the opportunity to showcase their projects before an independent jury during the October 2013 Open Days. For further information and the application forms see: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperate/regions_for_economic_change/regiostars_14_en.cfm. The Managing Authority’s deadline for sending in the most innovative projects to the European Commission is 30 April 2013. Interested Lead Beneficiaries should submit their application in English language until 26 April 2013 to the Managing Authority/Joint Technical Secretariat via e-mail to the e-mail address: email@example.com. In case of further questions please contact Natalie Majcenovič on 00386 1 400 3153.