This category evaluates how well national investment promotion agencies (IPAs) communicate investment opportunities in their respective countries to international investors. Evaluation will be made by analysing websites, by assessing enquiries about investment projects and feedback by recent investors.
This category assesses the strategies of municipal investment promotion departments or agencies, evaluating their creativity, effectiveness and success.
This category assesses national and regional tourism promotion campaigns, focusing on their creativity, effectiveness and success.
This category covers initiatives whose goal is to increase young people’s opportunities, awareness, self-confidence and engagement in society.
This category is open to initiatives whose goal is to promote inclusion and equal treatment of individuals or groups, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
This category looks at programmes which develop innovative solutions that have or have had an impact on performance, leading to the further development of an industry or location.
This category covers initiatives which have transformed a building, public space or area, bringing a neglected place back to life, conserving heritage and creating sustainable use.
This category is open to start-ups whose purpose is to help improve people’s lives. Applying start-ups should be set up after January 2015 and have founders from the emerging Europe region who hold the majority stake.
This category is open to companies from the emerging Europe region with majority local capital that have recently started or significantly increased operations outside the region, organically or through acquisition. (This means that companies with no more than 49% foreign capital are eligible)
This category assesses recent investment projects which have had a real, positive impact on the country or local area in which they have been implemented or completed.
An individual from outside the emerging Europe region who has made a significant contribution to its social and economic development. In 2018, the recipient will be Günter Verheugen, European Commissioner for Enlargement (1999-2004), European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry (2004-2010), Head of EU Integration, Agency for the Modernization of Ukraine Honorary and Professor at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder)
In category 1, all 23 investment promotion agencies in the region will be analysed by independent researchers. For this category, there will be no application or jury process.
For categories 2 to 10, there will be a 2-stage process. In the first stage, applications will be assessed by Emerging Europe experts. For each category, up to ten nominees will be chosen to go forward to the second round. There can be a maximum of three nominees for any one country. The nominees will be assessed by juries made up of professionals from inside and outside emerging Europe, who will choose their top three nominees in an online assessment.
The winners will be announced at the Emerging Europe Awards Ceremony in the EBRD headquarters in London on 22 June.
Unless stated otherwise, categories relate only to activities in 2016-2017.
Category 11 was chosen by Emerging Europe experts.
All facts and figures provided by applicants must be from verifiable sources.
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