The Commission publishes the 7th Cohesion report, taking the pulse of EU regions, drawing lessons from cohesion spending during the crisis years and setting the scene for Cohesion Policy after 2020.

Analysing the current state of the EU's economic, social and territorial cohesion, the Cohesion report brings our Union under a magnifying glass: Europe's economy is bouncing back but disparities persist between and within our Member States.

Public investment in the EU is still below pre-crisis levels but regions and Member States need even more support to take up the challenges identified in the reflection paper on the future of EU finances; the digital revolution, globalisation, demographic change and social cohesion, economic convergence and climate change.

Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Creţu said: "The report clearly shows that our Union needs more cohesion. Whilst the crisis is over, it clearly has left scars in many regions. They will need Cohesion Policy to…

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The Eurodyssey Forum took place from 3 to 5 October in the Croatian city of Šibenik, at the Solaris Beach Resort. The Forum was a crucial opportunity for Eurodyssey correspondents and AER members to get up to date about what is new about the programme and also the right platform to discuss the challenges and solutions facing Eurodyssey. This year, particular emphasis was given to exchanges best practices and experiences between the members.

AER Secretariat presented the Data Collected for 2017, regarding the numbers about the Eurodyssey. The members get to know the participation of each region in the programme and briefed about what they could do better in order to balance the numbers. The co-presidents, Laurence Hermand and Arlette Brone, presented the Quality Charter that was discussed later on.

On 4 October participants had the opportunity to attend several workshops. The thematics covered the following areas:

  • the promotion and…

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The seminar has an intention to focus upon good practices of European regions and cities which stimulate and encourage appropriate forms of green and sustainable projects as an opportunity for policy change, and the particular role that the Cohesion Policy and its accompanying tools and programmes can play in this process. In this context, the seminar wants to stimulate a discussion around key EU policy issues to develop better solutions to urban challenges, such as sustainable transport, energy efficiency, air quality and circular economy. Speakers represents regional and urban experts from Croatia, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia.

You can register by following this link!

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With the occasion of the European Week of Regions and Cities, an annual Brussels-based four-day event AER will organise the workshop “An alternative for the future: Silver Economy for cities and regions”.

This workshop will take its participants through four inspiring examples (North Denmark Region, Italy, Varazdin County, Netherlands) of how a Silver Economy can help regions and cities to better match the needs of their ageing population while supporting local businesses and solution providers. It will be the opportunity to discuss the complementarity between these examples and the initiatives at EU level. The networking session that follows will bring together potential partners around issues related to the Silver Economy.

This will enable officials from regions and cities’ administrations, as well as experts and academics to exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development and to bring forward their regional expertise in this specific area.…

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The Regional Partnership ‘Transnational Networks as Regional Change Agents’ bringing together Surrey (UK), Flanders (BE), Tuscany (IT), Vallée de la Bruche (FR) and Krapina-Zagorje County (HR) invite you to join them at their event on 11 October, 11:15-13:00, in Brussels as part of the official programme of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2017.

This event aims to increase appreciation of the relevance, value and contribution made by transnational cooperation networks and how these can and should be supported for the benefit of the broader European project. Four such networks will come together to share lessons, thoughts and aspirations for the future:
• FEDARENE (European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment);
• ERRIAFF - European Regions for Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Forestry;
• FECOF - European Federation of Forest Municipalities; and
• PURPLE – Peri-Urban Regions Platform Europe

By the event’s completion, we hope that you will…

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The workshop will focus on how Regions and Cities are increasing their engagements on climate and energy in the post-2020 perspective, by exchanging experiences and good practises among partners and participants. The content will be designed in a way to be fully transferable to other regions and cities encouraging networking and capacity building. Moreover, regional initiatives and contributions supported by the Committee of the Region, the European Commission, the Assembly of European regions (AER), the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy (FEDARENE) will be discussed, in a way to stimulate debate on main issues of the EU Agenda on Climate and Energy. The expected outcome is to raise awareness of politicians, officials and experts on EU policies, norms, tools, instruments and experiences to let EU climate and energy policy to achieve its goals at European, national and regional level, while also improving the lives of citizens.

You can…

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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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