EU local and regional representatives meet in Brussels from 10 to 13 October to share ideas on boosting competitiveness, growth and jobs.
The annual regional development event brings together some 6 000 elected representatives from more than 200 cities and regions across Europe.
This year, participants will debate the future of the EU's regional policy and the Commission’s proposals to make funding more effective for the 2014-20 budget.
They will focus on the contributions regions can make to the EU’s strategy for jobs and growth – crucial to Europe’s recovery from the economic crisis.
At the same time, cities and regions are holding more than 250 events up to the end of November highlighting their contribution to an economically stronger Europe. These include conferences, cultural events, festivals and exhibitions.
For example, Galway, Ireland, is holding a conference on 21 October to give local authorities an insight into ways they can sustainably use coastal resources for economic development.
And Aberdeen, Scotland, is host to a briefing on 24 October on plans for connecting North Sea countries to an electricity “supergrid”. The network would help meet the EU’s goal of creating a single market for electricity while making its energy supply more secure.
Open Days 2011 is organised by the Commission and the Committee of the Regions, the EU body that gives regional and local governments a say on the bloc’s policies.