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.

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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.

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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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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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