Open Days - European Week of Regions and Cities: coverage of the last day

Type: Report   Reference: I-055230   Duration: 10:17:39  Lieu:
End production: 11/10/2007   First transmission: 11/10/2007
Brussels held from 8 to 11 October the Open Days, also known as the European Week of Regions and Cities. This event involved a record 212 regions and cities from 33 countries. Organised by the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission, this fifth edition of Open Days brought together local, regional, national and EU politicians and decision-makers, policy experts and representatives of business, banking and civil society organisations. The seminars focussed on the new regional programmes for 2007-2013. The headline was: 'Making it happen: regions and cities deliver growth and jobs' and the goal was to explore new ideas for regional development and to improve the delivery of cohesion programmes.

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10:12:41 Title 00:00:04
10:12:46 Investors' Café exhibition at the Committee of the Regions headquarters in Brussels; a Dutch participant (in ENGLISH) saying that it is the first time he visits the Open Days; it is very informative and well organised 00:00:08
10:12:54 a Portuguese participant (in ENGLISH) saying that the name of the event is everything: "Open" because it's wide open to new ideas, new regions, new countries, including China and others, Russia, Turkey; "Days" because it's four days, but it's four intense and four important days so that people can exchange experiences, exchange ideas and try to develop their countries, their regions 00:00:32
10:13:26 a Hungarian participant (in ENGLISH) saying that she likes the Open Days very much because you meet a lot of people and it is a very good networking opportunity; many people think that networking and meeting people is just a waste of time or money; but in reality, she thinks this is also a motor of economic and social growth 00:00:19
10:13:45 a British participant (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a great opportunity to network with other people, to meet people from the regions, not only from the regional offices in Brussels, and to get to improve the knowledge on specific issues thanks to the workshops 00:00:15
10:14:00 Open Days backstage: views of the TV studio and master control room (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:14:15 Michel Delebarre, President of the Committee of the Regions, arriving at the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels for the Open Days closing session (2 shots) 00:00:08
10:14:23 General atmosphere in the hemicycle before the opening of the session (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:14:34 Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Chairman of the Independent Commission on Growth and Development, (in ENGLISH) saying that he thinks that European policies with respect to the movement of people, goods and services, and capital, including public sector capital, to regions is a very important part of the policy mix 00:00:14
10:14:48 Cutaways of the audience (3 shots) 00:00:20
10:15:08 Danuta Hübner, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, (in ENGLISH) saying that EU cohesion policy is not made just to please subsidy seekers; the EU needs businesses which are willing to and which are able to share and also to contribute to the long-term development of regions 00:00:14
10:15:22 Michel Delebarre (in FRENCH) saying that he saw very well in the different workshops that the win-win situation exists, and that what Europe can contribute through its cohesion policy, by supporting regional projects, indeed to bring forth those characteristics of cities and regions that are the main pulling force for companies 00:00:26
10:15:48 Arrival of Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, at the Open Days closing session 00:00:09
10:15:57 Hans-Gert Pöttering (in GERMAN) saying that what happens to cohesion policy will be largely dependent on all partners signing up to the Reform Treaty; the EU wants to be more democratic, more transparent and have more solidarity so that Europe can move forward; the EU needs the treaty to do all this; they must hope all EU governments will sign up to it 00:00:56
10:16:53 Open Days dinner reception at the Committee of the Regions headquarters: external view and arrivals of guests (4 shots) 00:00:15
10:17:08 People at the Open Days reception (2 shots) 00:00:05
10:17:13 Pierre Romeyer, Belgian master chef, and Daniel Rameau, President of Euro-Toques International, assemble with all the chefs who prepared the Open Days reception (2 shots) 00:00:19
10:17:32 Michel Delebarre talking to the chefs 00:00:07
10:17:39 Michel Delebarre greeting the guests at the reception 00:00:07
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