The Committee of the Regions encourages Europe's regions to take part in the 2014 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) label competition. Any EU region can apply for this award by submitting, by 28 February next, strategies for their region that encourage entrepreneurial vision. A jury will then award three EU regions the label: "Entrepreneurial Region of the Year 2014".
Current EER regions are continuing to drive forward the entrepreneurial spirit. On 5 February the Nord-Pas de Calais region in France (EER 2013) will launch its EER year at a public event in Lille. Their new action plan on Entrepreneurship Education for the years to come will be presented to regional stakeholders, including those who will eventually be in charge of developing entrepreneurship awareness among various target audiences in the region.
Elsewhere, following a call for proposals by the European Commission, Southern Denmark (EER 2013), Helsinki-Uusimaa (EER 2012) and Styria (EER 2013), together with other actors, received an EU grant to create trans-European models that develop teachers' skills and provide opportunities to teach entrepreneurship and promote entrepreneurship as a career option, especially for young people across the EU. The consortium's activities in this area will be co-financed through the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP 2007-2013) and this thematic strand will be continued under the new programme COSME (2014-2020).
Other key themes presented by the current EER regions are internationalisation of companies and innovation and research. Cooperation among the EER regions can serve to develop common projects and bring their businesses together.
The award ceremony will take place in early summer 2013.