(30 September 2009) Conference proceedings brochure online
The brochure can be downloaded here
(19 February 2009) Conference presentations and speeches now available online
The presentations and speeches delivered during the two days of the conference are now available online on the "Programme" page of this website.
Links to the presentations are provided beside the speakers' names.
Videos of the plenary sessions and of selected workshops are now available as well. They are available online on the "Programme" page of this website.
(19 February 2009) Conference press releases now available online
The press releases for the Regions for Economic Change conference and RegioStars 2009 are available online now:
(19 February 2009) URBACT II workshop dedicated to Managing Authorities: Presentation now available online
In order to discuss the cooperation between Managing Authorities and the cities participating in URBACT projects, the European Commission and the URBACT Joint Technical Secretariat jointly hosted as a side event to the Region for Economic Change Conference.
(17 February 2009) RegioStars 2009 winners
The RegioStars 2009 winners were announced on 16 February 2009 during a formal ceremony as part of the Regions for Economic Change conference. The winners received a trophy awarded by the Commissioner of Regional Policy and the president of the jury.
More information on the winners.
(11 February 2009) Practical information
The number of registrations for the conference has exceeded all previous Regions for Economic Change conferences.
Please note that the conference workshops are heavily booked. Participants should arrive early to register and for the different sessions. Listening rooms will be made available for the Opening Plenary Session only. Web streaming will be available for the workshops sessions.
Access to the RegioStars Award ceremony will only be possible if you are registered for it and hold an invitation card.
Due to the high number of participants we discourage unregistered participants to come to the conference venue for registrations.
Table of content :
- Rising to the challenge of good practice exchange – an update on ‘Regions for Economic Change’
- INTERREG IVC – Regions for Economic Change
- URBACT II – Urban Networks for greater cohesion and competitiveness
- Capitalising on innovative approaches towards demographic change – ESF6 CIA
- The ‘HerO’ Fast Track Network: Cultural Heritage as Opportunity
- RegioStars 2009
(21 January 2009) An URBACT II workshop dedicated to Managing Authorities
In the framework of the URBACT II programme on sustainable urban development, network partners have been strongly encouraged to associate the relevant Managing Authorities of ERDF (or ESF) Operational Programmes to the networks. This follows the objective of fostering the cooperation between different political levels and of enhancing the impact of EU-financed activities on local policies. At this stage, more than 200 Managing Authorities have committed themselves to work in close cooperation with the 250 (city) partners from the 26 URBACT projects.
In order to discuss the cooperation between Managing Authorities and the cities participating in URBACT projects, the European Commission and the URBACT Joint Technical Secretariat will jointly host a seminar on 17 February 2008. It is a side event to the Region for Economic Change Conference which takes place in Brussels at the same time.
All Managing Authorities associated to URBACT projects are invited to attend this seminar. It is an open workshop where participants are invited to listen to experiences and good practices and to exchange on their challenges and individual projects. As a final step, the plenary of Managing Authorities will be asked to decide – together with the European Commission and URBACT Secretariat – on the next steps for a fruitful collaboration.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Brussels, Charlemagne building, 1st floor, room Jean Durieux
For information and registration : www.urbact.eu
(25 November 2008) On 16 and 17 February 2009, the European Commission will hold its annual conference of the 'Regions for Economic Change' initiative under the title "Regions For Economic Change – Networking for Results". The event will be organised by the Commission's Regional Policy Directorate General and other Commission services in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions. During the evening of the first day, Commissioner Danuta Hübner will present the 2009 'RegioStars' awards to projects displaying good practice and innovation in regional policy.
More than 500 participants from regions all over Europe are expected to discuss how European regional policy and its instruments can help regions to learn from one another and translate network outputs into action through mainstream policy and programmes. Through nine workshops, the event will showcase strategies, experiences and projects intended to provide learning and networking opportunities for Structural Funds managing authorities. The programme is accessible on the left hand menu.
Registration for the conference will be possible from mid December onwards. Please check the website for updates.