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OPEN DAYS 2012 – Europe's regions join the call for a strong Cohesion Policy as Europe's growth fund


On 8-11 October in Brussels, the biggest annual event in the world of regional and urban policy, OPEN DAYS 2012, marks its 10th anniversary at a crucial time for EU Cohesion Policy. Talks on the EU budget and the future shape of cohesion policy are entering their final and critical phase.

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn commented: "OPEN DAYS 2012 comes at a key moment for our policy's future. Our regional partners have the chance to make their voices heard in this decisive period. The Commission has put its proposal on the table and is determined to defend it. We have an ideal tool at our disposal to tackle the crisis and we are committed to helping each and every EU region do that. But we need a realistic budget so that EU funds can continue to work for growth, and most of all to create jobs - and hope."

Open Days 2012 will bring together some 6000 regional policy practitioners from all over Europe to share best practice and reinforce Regional Policy as the main instrument to realise the growth goals of Europe2020 and supporting the EU's exit from the crisis. Under the banner of 'Europe's regions and cities: Making a difference', over 100 seminars and workshops will focus on the priorities for future funding like smart and green growth for all, promoting innovation/research, development and support for SME's and territorial cooperation.

The OPEN DAYS 2012 will also take stock of achievements so far and define the future shape of policy.

Would you like to ask the European Commission, European Parliament or the Committee of the Regions about EU regional policy?

There will be an opportunity to raise questions via Twitter during the opening session of the European Week of Regions and Cities on Monday 8 October between 4-6pm. Don't forget to include the #euopendays hashtag in your tweet. The most relevant questions will be included in the debate with Commissioner Hahn, Danuta Hübner, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development, and Ramón Luis Valcárcel, President of the Committee of the Regions.

There will be live webstreaming of the opening session on 8 October.

For more information, see the press release.