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11th European Week of Regions and Cities

7th – 10th October 2013, Brussels

The 11th European Week of Regions and Cities, also known as Open Days 2013, will run in Brussels under the slogan ‘Europe’s regions and cities taking off for 2020’ between 7th and 10th October 2013. The 4-day event, which is being organised by the European Commission, DG REGIO and Committee of the Regions, aims to mark the timeline towards Europe 2020 – the European smart, sustainable and inclusive 10-year growth strategy.

07.10.2013 European Week

The 11th European Week of Regions and Cities will take place while regions and cities are conducting ongoing negotiations on partnership agreements and operational programs for the new programming period 2014-2020. Consequently, the event will provide an excellent platform for hubs to exchange and discuss the innovative approaches towards the implementation of the 2014-2020 thematic priorities.

The meeting will also address the identification on how to cooperate, coordinate and ensure synergies between different EU and national and regional policies and sources of funding. Cities will also be presenting practical solutions to common regional and urban challenges

The programme includes an opening session on the first date with the presence of the highest level of EU representatives, followed by over 100 high-level workshops and debates on the next three days.

In parallel to the Open Days 2013 it scheduled an exhibition on EUrban solutions to share transferable good practices in urban development such as waste and water treatment, urban transport, energy efficient buildings and community-led local development.

European Green Capital Award

Most of the environmental challenges facing our society derive from urban areas but it is also these urban communities that create and mobilise the commitment and innovation needed to resolve them. The European Green Capital Award aims to promote and reward these efforts.

It is important to reward cities which are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas. Progress is its own reward, but the satisfaction involved in winning a prestigious European award spurs cities to invest in further efforts and boosts awareness within the city as well as in other cities. The award enables cities to inspire each other and share examples of good practices in situ. The winning cities to date include: Stockholm in 2010, Hamburg in 2011, Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2012, Nantes in 2013, Copenhagen in 2014 and Bristol in 2015. All are recognised for their consistent record of achieving high environmental standards and commitment to ambitious goals.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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