Open days 2008 'Regions and cities in a challenging world': extracts from the joint press conference by Danuta Hübner and Luc van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions
Danuta Hübner, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, and Luc van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions, gave a press conference on 22 April 2008 to present the sixth edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities - Open Days, which was held in Brussels from 6 to 9 October 2008.
217 regions and cities from 32 countries had signed up as partners. 120 events in Brussels and around 250 local events all over Europe were scheduled during Open Days, which has become the most important annual gathering of EU and regional policy-makers, experts and representatives of banking, business and civil society groups.
The Open Days 2008 seminars and debates focused on four themes: Innovating regions: promoting research, technological development and innovation; Sustainable development: regional responses to climate change; Cooperation and networking: exchange of best practice in regional development; Looking forward: a European cohesion policy for tomorrow.
The event was organised jointly by the European Commission's Regional Policy Directorate-General and the Committee of the Regions. SHOTLIST