What is it?
The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy.
It has grown to become a unique communication and networking platform, bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe, including politicians, administrators, experts and academics. Over the last 19 years, it has done much to promote policy learning and the exchange of good practice.
In 2021, the second digital edition, reached a record number of almost 18.000 registered participants and 300 sessions over a week, involving more than 590 partners.
What is the purpose of the EURegionsWeek?
- To discuss common challenges for Europe’s regions and cities and examine possible solutions by bringing together politicians, decision-makers, experts and practitioners of cohesion policy, as well as stakeholders from business, banking, civil society organisations, academia, the EU institutions and the media;
- To provide a platform for capacity-building, learning and exchange of experience and good practice for those implementing EU cohesion policy and managing its financial instruments;
- To facilitate cooperation and networking between regions and cities;
- To feed into the debate on EU cohesion policy in a wider context, including recent research and views from third countries and international organisations.
Who can participate?
The European Week of Regions and Cities and its events are aimed at:
- European, national, regional and local government officials and experts in the field of managing and evaluating cohesion policy programmes;
- Representatives of private companies, financial institutions, European and national associations;
- Members of the European Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament, national, regional and local politicians, including young elected politicians (YEPs);
- Academics, researchers, postgraduate students and practitioners in the field of European cohesion policy;
- Members of the public who want to express their views and contribute to the debate on the future of Europe and their regions and cities;
- Journalists from European, national, regional and local media.
Who can become event partner?
Check the Partner section. The two co-organisers, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and the European Committee of the Regions, officially launched the call for partners during the kick off meeting on 3 February. There is time until the 31 March 2022!
What are the themes for the 2022 edition?
- Green transition
- Territorial Cohesion
- Digital transition
- Youth empowerment
The European Week of Regions and Cities aims to become a paperless and plastic-free event and to minimize its environmental impact.
In line with the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, the event organisers and partners are encouraged to use environment-friendly materials before and during the event.
Registration opens on the 31 of August.
Visit the website of the event for more information