The post-2020 EU budget and cohesion policy proposals will take centre stage at this year’s edition of the #EURegionsWeek with the Agora Talks. An initiative, which will take place in the Agora Hall located at level -2 of the Square Convention Centre, and will consist of 30 minutes expert speech and 30 minutes questions from the audience. To register go Agora Talks menu in the Programme section.

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€163 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested to upgrade in the water supply and treatment system of the Rijeka urban area, in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar district, in Western Croatia. Works will particularly aim to provide cleaner water to the population of 190,000 inhabitants, replace ageing water supply infrastructure, increase connections to the public sewer system, both for homes and businesses and ensure a better treatment of wastewater.

Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Crețu said: "This is Cohesion Policy at its best, concretely improving everyday life for citizens, with better water supply. I'm very happy for the inhabitants of Rijeka today."

The project involves the construction of more than 300 km of water supply and sewer networks. It should be completed in December 2023.

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Agenda for Croatian Regions events during the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018:

Tuesday, October 9

09.30 - 13.00 | Building Spain Permanent Representation to EU
The role and the challenges of cultural heritage in the EU of tomorrow

The objective of our consortium is to highlight the crucial role of cultural heritage in Europe, not only as a legacy of our past, but also as a resource and a common good that determines attractiveness and competitiveness for business, research, and creative individuals. The session will take place on 9 October and will be divided into two panels: the first will feature four speakers and the second will have three. After each panel, there will be a Q&A session, and a networking coffee break will take place between the panels.

Register here: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions/13_en.

 

Tuesday, October 9

11.30 - 13.00 | Building Abruzzo Region EU Office…

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Over 170 working sessions, networking events and project visits will be organised in Brussels from 8 to 11 October as part the 16th European Week of Regions and Cities. Under the headline 'For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020', the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's Directorate-General of Regional and Urban Policy, join forces with 13 other Directorates-General and 3 executive agencies of the European Commission, around 140 regions and cities grouped in 22 regional partnerships, and a number of other stakeholders to offer an exciting and innovative programme for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018.

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The priorities of the Austrian Presidency are driven by this motto: "A Europe that protects".

The presidency programme places a focus on asylum and migration issues, on protecting external borders, on fighting radicalisation, terrorism and organised crime, on digital security, and on protecting European values.

Since joining the EU in 1995, this is the third time that Austria holds the presidency of the Council of the EU after 1998 and 2006.

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The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is the cornerstone of the Investment Plan for Europe, and the best-known part of the "Juncker Plan". A joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group, it aims to help overcome the current investment gap by supporting strategically important projects throughout the EU and mobilising private investment. At the end of 2017, and following a proposal by the Commission, the Parliament and Council agreed to extend its duration and the amount of funding in what is known as "EFSI 2.0". In addition, this renewed EFSI brought other changes aiming, for instance, to increase transparency, to put a stronger focus on small-scale projects, or to provide more technical advice and support at local level.

What opportunities for local and regional authorities do the innovations brought by EFSI 2.0 create? How can this renewed EFSI help them overcome some of…

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At the opening of the EU Green Cities Summit in Brussels, high-level speakers including Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment; Raymond Johansen, Mayor of Oslo; and Duarte Corderio, Vice-Mayor of Lisbon, threw the spotlight on urban sustainability in EU cities.

The summit tackled questions about how we can steer cities towards a sustainable path, and what the EU can do to support cities, spread successes, improve the ways cities are governed and help them plan for the long-term. Speakers also focused on transitioning to the Circular Economy and how to accelerate its uptake and remove barriers to change.

European Commissioner for the Environment, Karemenu Vella said: 'The European Union has a responsibility not only to help its own cities to grow sustainably, but to help others do the same. We need to share the very best practices collected in Europe's most sustainable cities.

We invite you to share your experiences…

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This year, the European Committee of the Regions and the DG Regional and Urban policy join forces with 13 other Directorates-General and 3 executive agencies of the European Commission, over 140 regions and cities grouped in 22 regional partnerships, and a number of other stakeholders to prepare an exciting and innovative programme for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018.

The event programme consists of over 160 workshops, participatory sessions, Q&A sessions and EURegions Talks under the headline of 'For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020' during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

Take a look at the list of partners and stay tuned for more information and updates on the preparation of the #EURegionsWeek!

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