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12th European Week of Regions and Cities

The 12th European Week of Regions and Cities, also known as OPEN DAYS 2014, will run in Brussels, Belgium, under the slogan Growing together – Smart investment for people from 6th – 9th October 2014. OPEN DAYS is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

The event, which is organised by the European Commission, DG REGIO and Committee of the Regions, will consist of an opening session, followed by some 100 working sessions.

Workshops will address one of the following themes:

  • Connecting regional strategies (theme A): smart specialisation, digital agenda, SME support, low-carbon economy (supported by the ERDF), training and social inclusion (supported by the ESF), boosting innovation, creativity and modernization across the European industrial sector, social inclusion (supported by the ESF); urban dimension.
  • Building capacity (theme B): exchange of good practices and instruments in programme management (financial engineering, public procurement procedures, performance and impact evaluation with a stronger emphasis on transparency standards, partnership arrangements).
  • Territorial cooperation (theme C): the new generation of pan-European programmes (INTERREG, URBACT, ESPON, INTERACT); international cooperation.

The OPEN DAYS could foster exchange about these thematic priorities that are compulsory for each region from 2014 – 2020.

The programme will consist of:

  • 26 workshops/debates organised by regional partnerships, i.e. consortia of regions and/or cities;
  • 40 workshops/debates organised by the Regional and Urban Policy Directorate General of the European Commission;
  • 34 workshops hosted in the Committee of the Regions’ premises, known as the ‘Meeting Place’;
  • 8 ‘OPEN DAYS University’ seminars.

Full details of the programme can be found here.

Over the years, the OPEN DAYS has grown into the key event on EU Regional Policy. It welcomes some 6,000 participants in October each year (local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts) for more than 100 workshops and debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

In addition to the Brussels-based workshops, some 250 local events are run from September to November all over Europe.