At the beginning of the year France implemented a major reform of its regional subdivisions that saw the number of regions reduced from 22 to thirteen. This was done by merging many of the smaller regions into larger entities. In northern France, the Picardy regions saw itself merged into the twice as populous Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The region was given the interim name Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, but has decided to change that to Hauts-de-France, meaning "Upper France" or "heights of France".
On July 8, the regions unveiled its new logo, created through a contest. The region had engaged students from different schools and also received proposals from the public. These were put through several rounds of selections, after which the public got to vote on their favourite. The winning suggestion was created by an apparently anonymous student from ESAD Amiens and shows a map of France with a heart enclosing the new region.