12/10/2015 - 15/10/2015
The OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and Cities 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.
In 2015, a total of about 400 Cohesion Policy programmes and more than 100 programmes financed in the field of rural development and fisheries policy, worth about EUR 500 billion, will be decided and running.
The reformed cohesion policy will make available up to EUR 351,8 billion to invest in Europe's regions, cities and the real economy. It will be the EU's principle investment tool for delivering the Europe 2020 goals: creating growth and jobs, tackling climate change and energy dependence, reducing poverty and social exclusion. This will be helped through targeting the European Regional Development Fund at key priorities such as support for small and medium-sized enterprises where the objective is to double support from EUR 70 to 140 billion over the 7 years.
Thematic concentration, increased efficiency, result-orientation and a stronger link to economic governance and the European Semester process will guide these new programmes, which will be financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds in the period until 2020.
The OPEN DAYS 2015 will be a perfect forum for national and regional managing authorities, final beneficiaries and EU institutions to exchange information and facilitate networking on novel approaches for implementing the funds.