The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future. The year will see a series of initiatives and events across Europe to enable people to become closer to and more involved with their cultural heritage.

Each Member State has appointed a National Coordinator to implement the year and coordinate events and projects at local, regional and national level. Key Stakeholders from the cultural sector as well as civil society organisations are closely involved in the year’s activities.

At European level, all EU institutions are committed to making the year a success. The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, as well as the Committee of the…

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Preparations of the 16th European Week of Regions and Cities were officially launched today with a kick-off meeting at the European Committee of the Regions. Under the main headline of 'For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020', the organisers – the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and the European Committee of the Regions – are now looking for event partners. The later will contribute to the official programme, with a focus on: territorial development (regional, urban, rural); the future of cohesion policy, EU budget, and; education, culture and youth. Many novelties are planned in 2018, in particular new innovative formats and a main central venue in the Brussels' Square Conference Centre. Interested to become a partner? Visit the 'Become a partner' section of this website, read through the guide for event partners and apply no later than 30 March.

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The priorities of the Bulgarian presidency are driven by its motto: 'United we stand strong', which is also the motto of the coat of arms of the Republic of Bulgaria. The presidency will work with its partners on unity among the member states and the EU institutions to provide concrete solutions to build a stronger, more secure and solidary Europe.

During the next 6 months, the presidency will focus on four key areas: future of Europe and young people, Western Balkans, security and stability and digital economy.

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The new free massive open online course (MOOC) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) will go online on 15 January 2018. The course will be available on Iversity, an online learning platform, and will include videos, factsheets, infographics and web-streamed live debates with Q&A from the course participants. Moreover, course followers will be able to interact via their learning journals in the course platform. During the first six weeks of the course (15 January-23 February 2018), followers will focus on one specific theme per week and will evaluate their learning progress via assignments and a weekly quiz. Studying time will be about 1.5 hours per week. The course material will remain online for one year, so that after the first six weeks learners can work through the course material in their own pace.

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Policy makers, stakeholders, academics, and entrepreneurs gathered in Brussels on Thursday 30 November at AER’s event “Artificial Intelligence: Are Regions Up to The Challenge?” to discuss the policy implications of the rise of Artificial Intelligence.

Genuine exchange

The event offered a rare opportunity for the various participants to take part in a genuine exchange. While one goal was to identify areas where regions can be active now, the event was designed to facilitate mutual learning through the stories and experiences shared by each participant. By way of discussions, participants gained perspective on the obstacles and opportunities their peers are facing with the progression of AI. As a follow up to last year’s successful event last year on E-Health, this year’s focus was on the disruptive effects of AI and its impact at a regional level.

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The FEDARENE is delighted to invite you to the Ceremony of the 3rd Edition of the Roger Léron Award which will take place on the 5th of December in Brussels.


As you may know, the Award was created in honor of Roger Léron, former president of FEDARENE and life-long contributor to the regional and local sustainable energy field. Indeed, the purpose of this Award is to acknowledge a persistent and proactive commitment, contributing successfully to sustainable energy at the regional and local level in Europe. The pre-selected nominees will be presented to you, and the winner will receive the trophy during this ceremony.

This event is the opportunity to discover a number of less known local initiatives in the field of sustainable energy which deserve recognition, from individuals who have their territory’s future at heart. Members of the Award Jury and EU representatives will give speeches, the nominees will be introduced, and the evening will end with…

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The European Vocational Skills Week is an annual initiative from the European Commission to raise the awareness and attractiveness of vocational education and training (VET). The Week aims to make VET more attractive through a combination of events taking place all over Europe - locally, regionally and nationally. It seeks to show the immense opportunities that VET can provide for young people, adults, and companies.

The motto of the initiative is “Discover your talent!” It seeks to show that every single person is talented and that VET can provide people with the necessary practical skills, knowledge and competences to succeed in the labour market and in society at large.


The Week takes place from 20 to 24 November 2017 in the 28 Member States, EEA and EU candidate countries. Activities organised from September to December 2017 can be part of this Week.

Find out more:
http://ec.europa.eu/social/VocationalSkillsWeek.

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The Energy Info Days, https://h2020-energy-info-days.b2match.io/, will take place from Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 October 2017 in Brussels, presenting the new funding opportunities for energy projects offered by the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020. 

The Information days will provide attendees with the following:

An update on the European Energy Efficiency policy,
Presentation of the Energy priorities of the H2020 Energy 2018-2020 calls for proposals,
Guidance on how to apply for funding,
Dedicated workshops for each funding areas (such as Smart Cities and Communities, Smart Energy or Renewable Energy) related to the EU Energy system,
An opportunity to network and find project partners.

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