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European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) Award 2017 Call for applications
Deadline: Mar 18, 2016  

 Entrepreneurship and SMEs
 Interregional cooperation
 Business Development
 Territorial Cooperation

The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) is a project that identifies and rewards EU regions which show an outstanding and innovative entrepreneurial policy strategy, irrespective of their size, wealth and competences. The regions with the most credible, forward-thinking and promising vision plan are granted the label “European Entrepreneurial Region” (EER) for a specific year.


The EER label has been set up in partnership with the European Commission and is supported by EU level stakeholders such as UEAPME, Eurochambres and Social Economy Europe. It remains open to any organisation willing to contribute to its objectives. The implementation of measures is regularly monitored by the EER jury.


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. In order to be eligible, the applicant must have the necessary political competence to implement a comprehensive policy strategy aimed at mainstreaming some or all SBA principles. Cross-border regions are particularly encouraged to submit applications. 


1) Political vision and commitment 

  • The application demonstrates a future-oriented political vision for implementing the Small Business Act for Europe in the territory, focusing, where appropriate, on the current SBA priorities and on the principles of related policy initiatives, such as the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan and the Green Action Plan for SMEs. 
  • The application is based on a realistic assessment of the territory's strengths and weaknesses (SWOT analysis) and its direct competences with respect to the ten SBA principles. The context and unique starting point of each applicant are taken into account by the members of the jury. 
  • The political vision demonstrates a clear added value of the EER award for the territory, including for its own policy-making. 
  • The territorial EER objectives are embedded in a regional development strategy and contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 goals. 
  • The competent political authorities demonstrate a strong and credible commitment to implementing the EER strategy in the territory. 

2) Multi-level governance, partnership and cooperation 

  • The EER strategy is prepared and implemented following a multi-level governance approach involving both the lower levels (municipalities etc.) and, where possible, the national level. 
  • A broad range of relevant actors is involved in the design and implementation of the EER strategy, including economic and social partners, learning and research institutions, and civil society. 
  • There is a demonstrated will to exchange good practices with other regions and to develop specific cooperation initiatives with other EER regions. 

3) Delivery 

  • The strategy includes concrete actions to implement SBA principles that fall within the territory's competences through the EER scheme and does not merely synthesise existing policies. 
  • The implementation of EER actions follows the principles of good governance and includes effective mechanisms for monitoring and follow-up.  Indicators are foreseen against which the progress of the implementation can be measured. 
  • The application includes measures to ensure optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds and other public funding. 
  • The application demonstrates how the EER actions will be sustainable beyond the EER year. 
  • The projected actions take the social, environmental, innovative and durable growth enhancing dimensions of SME policy into account whenever possible.  

4) Communication 

  • The application includes an ambitious and convincing communication plan with specific actions at the highest level that are directed at all key target groups (including SMEs and other relevant actors). 
  • The EER label will be used to publicise the territory's policy both within the territory and at EU level. 
  • The planned communication actions will enhance the visibility of the EU and of the CoR.  


Applicants are asked to submit an application consisting of the following items: 

  • an application form, including a fact sheet on the applicant territory, an outline of its political vision, a description of foreseen governance mechanism to ensure efficient implementation of the EER actions, as well as an action plan and a communication plan; 
  • a declaration of political commitment demonstrating that the territory's EER strategy is endorsed by its political leadership 


The application form can be downloaded from the EER web page:

The deadline to submit applications is set at 18 March 2016. Applications not received within this deadline are deemed not eligible.  

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