Portugal's capital city, Lisbon, UK's Northern Ireland and the Spanish Region of Valencia have been selected as the winners of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) for 2015. Their strategies to promote entrepreneurship and spread innovation among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were selected by a jury which included representatives of EU institutions as well as business associations. The awarding ceremony took place in Brussels on 25 June.
On the occasion of the CoRs' 107th plenary, the EER award was presented by Ramon Luis Valcárcel - President of the EU's Committee of the Regions to ), Ramon Luis Valcárcel, to António Costa (PT/PSE), Mayor of Lisbon, Alberto Fabra Part (ES/EPP), President of the Valencia Region and to Arnold Hatch, President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association and Trevor Cummings, Ards Borough's Councillor,
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