The CityWalk project and the Danube Transnational Programme have reasons to celebrate! Citywalk, competing at RegioStars Awards 2019, won the Public Choice Award and was awarded on October 9 2019, during the European Week of Regions and Cities. The competition was tough as 235 000 people voted.
The project, promoting and supporting walkability, counts on 17 partner institutions from 10 countries in the Danube area. It was selected as finalist among 199 applications and it won on the Public Choice category over the 24 projects finalists from other EU programmes! At the ceremony, representatives of the DTP and CityWalk project received the prize and thanked all the Danube region friends and walkability supporters who voted for them and helped them by spreading and sharing the project achievements and highlights.
Every year, the European Commission awards those EU-funded projects, which demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. With the goal of inspiring other regions and project managers across Europe, participating projects are in the spotlight of communication activities at European level. The REGIOSTARS are awarded to projects in five thematic categories (smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, urban development and a topic of the year). In 2019, the REGIOSTARS are focused on five areas that are crucial for the future of EU regional policy:
- promoting digital transformation
- connecting the green, blue and grey
- combatting inequalities and poverty
- building climate-resilient cities
- modernising health services
High-level academics assessed the submitted project applications and crowned the winners. In addition, the public decided on its own winner through a public on-line vote and awarded the Public choice award to CityWalk project. This award has given a lot of visibility to both the project and the Danube Transnational Programme, with special dissemination in social media.