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.

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The Energy Info Days,, 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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In the context of this year's European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the Committee of Regions (CoR) has officially launched the “Cohesion Alliance", a coalition of stakeholders for a strong and efficient cohesion policy in the future.

Eight months before of the presentation of the proposal for the EU budget post-2020, the alliance of regions and cities aims to point out the importance of cohesion policy and argues that neither Brexit nor the increased funding of other policy areas should undermine it. In the conference with the theme "Building the Cohesion Alliance" on 11 October in Brussels, experts on cohesion policy as well as representatives of cities and regions contributed with their testimonials.

"The fight for cohesion policy has only just begun" said Dr. Michael Schneider, CoR rapporteur on the Future of Cohesion policy beyond 2020 , highlighting that investment in cohesion policy has indeed achieved positive tangible results,…

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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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