The National Welsh Language and Heritage centre, Nant Gwrtheyrn, has been nominated for a coveted European award. The centre has been nominated in the ‘Investing in cultural heritage’ category of the 2018 European Commissions RegioStars Awards. The awards identify good practices in regional development and highlight original and innovative projects that are attractive and inspiring to other regions.
An expert jury of 15 members, co-chaired by MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij and MEP Kerstin Westphal, has evaluated 102 applications submitted to this year’s competition honoring Europe’s most excellent projects supported by the cohesion policy of the European Union.
The 21 selected finalists come from 20-member states and five further partner countries.
The 2018 RegioStars will reward the best Cohesion Policy projects in 5 categories: achieving industrial transition; promoting a low carbon lifestyle; making public services better and more accessible; dealing with migration in the long term; and preserving the EU’s cultural heritage.
The Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mark Drakeford AM said: “I’m delighted to see Nant Gwrtheyrn recognised for this prestigious European award. It’s a wonderful example of how EU funds have stimulated growth and transformed a local area by attracting visitors to this unique centre for Welsh culture”.
Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Creţu said: “Each year our RegioStars Awards set the bar higher and higher and show how EU funds can be used in the best possible way. I’m looking forward to meeting the brains and talents behind these 21 great projects”. Commissioner Creţu met all finalists in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The ‘RegioStars Awards’ is a yearly competition that selects the best Cohesion Policy projects. The winners in all 5 categories will be announced on 9 October, during the 2018 EU week of Cities and Regions.
Jim O’Rourke, Nant Gwrtheyrn Development Project Manager said: “It was a nice opportunity to represent Nant Gwrtheyrn at the ceremony to mark the success of the Nant project. Representatives from the five shortlisted cultural projects were there to receive a certificate and praise for their success promoting their country’s culture with the help of European Union Structural Funds grants as a partner to fund the projects. The Nant Gwrtheyrn Trust received £2.8m from the European Regional Development Fund for the investment to rebuild the village and facilities between 2007 and 2015 and to be shortlisted is a special event for everyone who contributed to the project. There will be a special ceremony in Brussels on the 9th of October to announce the winner and there is an opportunity for the public across Europe to contribute to the competition for the first time by voting for their favorite project on the awards website. We look forward to the next trip to Brussels to hear who the winner will be! ”
People can vote for the 2018 RegioStars’ public choice award, among the 21 finalists shortlisted this year at http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/regio-stars-awards/