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.