Open days 2008 "European Week for Regions and Cities": extracts from the "Investor's Café" workshop
End production: 08/10/2008 First transmission: 08/10/2008
Nourishing the growth of cities and regions, Open Days has already established itself as an unmissable opportunity for anyone with a stake in regional development, a place for cities and regions across the EU to come together to learn from one another and highlight what they are doing to attract investors, to speed growth, to boost their competitive appeal and to create jobs and prosperity for local and regional authorities. In this context, the Investors' Café has a special role because this is the space where public and private companies, regional and metropolitan authorities, small enterprises and entrepreneurs, bankers, politicians, decision-makers, universities and researchers can get down to the real nitty-gritty of doing business together. At the café, participants can match the right sources of finance with the challenges facing Europe's regions and cities. Regional decision-makers, who are responsible for handling the bulk of public funding in EU countries, can develop contacts and forge partnerships with the experts, the businesses and the contractors best able to supply the services they need.
In 2008, the Investors' Café was organised in partnership with BusinessEurope, the EU-wide employers' organisation which represents more than 20 million companies across Europe, together with Eurochambres, which will present its yearly Regional Competitiveness Atlas, the Enterprise Europe Network, a European Commission backed initiative aimed at providing SMEs with better information on policies and funding opportunities, and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, the voice of 12 million craftspeople and SMEs. These partnerships were further enriched by the presence of EURADA, the Association of Regional Development Agencies, the most recent partner of the 2008 edition of the Investors' Café.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Committee of the Regions' building
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||Luc van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions, (in ENGLISH) talking about the concept of the Investors' Café
||Luc van den Brande (in ENGLISH) explaining who is invited in the Investors' Café
||Danuta Hübner, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, (in ENGLISH) talking about the added value of private-public partnerships (4 shots)