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Open Days 2011

Venue: Brussels, Belgium
Organised by DG REGIO, Committee of the Regions
From 10/10/2011 to 13/10/2011

The Open Days conference is one of the biggest events in the European calendar.

Following the overall topic “Investing in Europe's future: Regions and cities delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” the event is considered to be the meeting place for European regions, decision makers at all levels, and experts of private and public bodies.

This year, the Open Days conference will focus on smart development and cross-border co-operations.


OPEN DAYS 2011 will consist of about 100 sessions -  workshops and debates – exhibitions and networking opportunities for the about 6,000 participants coming to Brussels. OPEN DAYS is organised in partnership with regions and cities from all over Europe, and including contributions by companies, financial institutions and international associations and academic organisations.

Each event held in Brussels is to be classified according to the 2011 thematic priorities and a typology of events. The latter can either take the form of workshops or debates:

  • Workshops present either (a) information and offer training, in particular related to implementation of cohesion policy and the management of its financial instruments or (b) elaborate on experience and good practice and facilitate co-operation and networking with ample opportunity for contributions from the audience; not more than four speakers and one moderator will be accepted for each workshop.
  • Debates touch upon specific aspects involving a group of experts and a moderator while avoiding presentations and speeches and instead building on the expertise of an informed public; not more than six panellists and one moderator will be accepted for debates.

Speakers gallery

  • Orator
    Johannes Hahn
    Commissioner for Regional Policy
  • Orator
    Mercedes Bresso
    President of the Committee of the Regions