The event will address the added value of Cohesion Policy across diverse regions, the strategic challenges facing the policy and an analysis on the future of different aspects of the policy from the different regions. The ‘big picture’ will be set out by Mr. Jan Dzięciołowski, a member of Cabinet for Commissioner Corina Crețu and Mr. Jan Olbrycht MEP.

These speeches will be followed by interventions from a limited number of regions who will each seek to address three big questions:

    Why is the regional level important for Cohesion Policy?

    What has been the real added value of Cohesion Policy?

    How can the policy and the programmes be improved in the future?


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The third call for proposals will be launched on 21 September 2017 and stay open until 25 January 2018. Around 60 million EUR will be available for co-financing new, transnational cooperation ideas. The programme seeks project ideas that help to improve capacities for urban and regional development in four priority areas: innovation and knowledge development, CO2 reduction, natural and cultural resources, and transport. In some areas the third call will be exclusively focused on pre-defined topics.

Thematic focus of the call
Fully open specific objectives, encouraging transnational project ideas to improve:
SO 2.2 - Low-carbon energy planning strategies and policies supporting climate change mitigation
 SO 3.1 - Capacities for the protection and sustainable use of natural heritage and resources
SO 3.3 - Environmental management of functional urban areas
SO 4.1 - Planning and coordination of regional passenger transport systems for better connections to existing networks
SO 4.2 – Coordination among freight transport…

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Discover now the 130 workshops, networking events and project visits organised in Brussels as part the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities (9-12 October 2017)!

Under the headline 'Regions and cities working for a better future’, the programme tackles three main themes:  Building resilient regions and cities – #LocalResilience; Regions and cities as change agents – #TakeAction; Sharing knowledge to deliver results – #SharingKnowledge. 28 partnerships of regions and cities, 14 Directorates-General of the European Commission, several networks, associations and other institutions have partnered up for it. The Opening session takes place on 9th October in the European Parliament.

Browse through the programme and register online!

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During the next 6 months, the Estonian presidency will focus on four key areas: an open and innovative European economy, a safe and secure Europe, digital Europe and free movement of data as well as an inclusive and sustainable Europe.

The priorities of the Estonian presidency build on the European Council's strategic agenda and common goals formulated by the member states and the EU institutions in the Rome declaration on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. The Estonian presidency will focus on preserving the common values of prosperity, security, peace and stability in Europe. It will seek to maintain Europe's unity through practical decisions.

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On 10 and 11 July 2017, the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions organise the Assises de la Coopération Décentralisée. More than 600 participants, local and regional authorities from the EU, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and Latin America will come together to discuss common challenges and build sustainable partnerships for cooperation to development.
The 5th edition of the Assises will focus on the crucial role of Local and Regional Authorities in localising the Sustainable Development Goals, in the wake of the new Agenda 2030 for Development.

The conference will consist in thematic plenary sessions, parallel round tables on policy-making, project-oriented workshops and thematic stands with networking areas.
On Day 1 – 10 July, Commissioner Neven Mimica and CoR President Markku Markkula will open the event. Two thematic sessions will deal with the political context and new trends of decentralised cooperation. In the five parallel round tables, organised by…

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From June 5th to June 9th Croatian Regions Office hosted a study visit from Zagreb County Regional Development Agency and Zagreb County on the theme of regional development. During the visit to Bruxelles participants had the opportunity to hear about the possibilities for regional and rural development, to establish new networks and cooperation between EU regions, to gain new knowledge regarding ESI funds and to exchange knowledge. The participants met with Irish Regions Brussels Office, Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU, Schuman Associates, a Brussels-based, independent, consultancy with more than 25 years’ experience in European funding and public affairs, Croatian National Tourist Board - Representative Office in Benelux, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Kingdom of Belgium and Croatian Chamber of Economy Representation in Brussels. Their visit was organized with the aim to familiarize better with the system management of Structural Funds in Belgium, Ireland, Portugal and Greece…

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The European Week of Regions and Cities is the key annual event for regional and local authorities. Organised by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) in the European Commission, the European Week of Regions and Cities has become a major communication and networking platform bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe and beyond. Each year it provides thousands of local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts with a forum to demonstrate the added value of cohesion policy, to discuss its future, and to exchange good practices of implementation of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). In 2017, the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities will consist of over 100 workshops, debates and networking activities, expected to attract some 5 000 participants plus speakers and journalists. In addition to the Brussels-based workshops, the European Week…

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European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. EUSEW2017 will take place from 19 to 25 June 2017, Launched in 2006 by the European Commission, the EUSEW is organised by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) in close cooperation with Directorate-General for Energy. The EU Sustainable Energy Week is an opportunity to meet stakeholders promoting energy efficiency and renewable energies, learn about successful policies and inspire innovation to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. It is an ideal platform for sharing ideas and knowhow, and for forging alliances to bring about an Energy Union based on: •Energy efficiency •Decarbonising the economy •Research, innovation and competitiveness.

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