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(12 July 2011) RFEC conference 2011: Draft conclusions published

Within 2 weeks after the conference DG REGIO has published its draft conclusions of the RFEC conference 2011.

We would like to thank all speakers and participants that contributed to this successful conference.

(01 July 2011)

The presentations from the learning sessions and workshops of the conference are available in the programme section

(22 June 2011) Live Webstreaming Programme

23-06-2011 Room GASPERI :

  • PART 1 (00:00:00) - Welcome and Opening 18.30-9.00
  • PART 2 (01:41:20) - Policy Session 1 : 9.00-13.00 interpretation
  • PART 3 (05:10:05) - Policy Learning Session II - Workshop 1 :14.30-18.00

23-06-2011 Room DURIEUX

  • Policy Learning Session II - Workshop 2 : 14.30-18.00 - PART 1 (00:00:00) - PART 2 (02:01:48)

23-06-2011 Room MANSHOLT

  • Policy Learning Session II - Workshop : 14.30-18.00 - PART 1 (00:00:00) - PART 2 (02:01:19)

24-06-2011 Room GASPERI

  • PART 1 (00:00:00) - Welcome and Policy Learning Session III : 9.15-11.30
  • PART 2 (01:54:12) - Policy Learning Session IV - Workshop 1 : 11.30-13.00

24-06-2011 Room DURIEUX

  • Policy Learning Session IV - Workshop 2 : 11.30-13.00

24-06-2011 Room MANSHOLT

  • Policy Learning Session IV - Workshop 3 : 11.30-13.00


(23 March 2011) Regions meet to discuss smart specialisation strategies

About 150 representatives of Structural Funds Managing Authorities, SME and regional networks and officers from Brussels-based regional representations joined the expert workshop on "The S3 Platform: How to assist regions in developing smart specialisation strategies?", held on 10 and 11 March 2011 at the Committee of the Regions. The workshop was organised by EURADA, the European Association of Development Agencies, in cooperation with DG REGIO and DG ENTR to gather feed-back and help prepare the Smart Specialisation Platform that will be launched at the forthcoming Regions for Economic Change conference on 23-24 June 2011.

Opening the discussions, Rudolf Niessler, Director at DG REGIO, said that 'we need to fully align the priorities of cohesion policy with Europe 2020. The Communication 'Regional Policy contributing to smart growth in Europe 2020' and the Innovation Union Flagship both recommend to national and regional governments to design smart specialisation strategies. Smart specialisation is about involving all regions and turning their diversity into an advantage for achieving smart growth. In doing this we are able to build on the experience gained from working with the regions on their innovation strategies for already more than twenty years'. All presentations and background documents, including a synthesis paper on smart specialisation that includes regional views and recommendations, are available on the Eurada website.



(16 March 2011) Regions for Economic Change Conference and Regiostars Awards 2011 - 23-24 June 2011, Brussels

Tools and networks for smart and sustainable cities and regions will be at the heart of this year's Regions for Economic Change Conference, the annual meeting point of Europe's Structural Funds managers. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss about examples of excellent regional initiatives driving Europe's transformation towards a knowledge-based and green economy.

They will also discuss about 'smart specialisation', a concept embraced as crucial for Structural Funds programming and implementation by the recent Communications on the Innovation Union and on Regional Policy contributing to smart growth in Europe 2020. In this context it will see the launch of a 'Smart Specialisation Platform', a new facility to assist regions with the strategic intelligence needed to assess their innovation-related strengths and weaknesses and develop smart regional specialisation strategies to harness their competitive advantage.

Another focal point for the discussions at this year's conference will be dedicated to the second pillar of Europe 2020, i.e. the transition to a resource efficient and low-carbon economy, following-up on the recent communication on Regional Policy contributing to sustainable growth in Europe 2020.

The conference will also welcome some new stars on the firmament of regional development with the RegioStars Awards 2011. Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn will present these awards to the best finalists, chosen under the headings of "economic competitiveness", "low carbon economy" (CityStars) and "information and communication". These innovative, inspiring and exemplary projects have the potential to serve as role models and good practices for other regions and demonstrate the type of future-oriented, value-added investments undertaken by EU Regional Policy.

The Future begins now! Save the date! : Full conference outline and tentative programme

Pl. note: Registration for this conference will be open beginning of April. The main conference language will be English. Interpretation has been requested for French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. Other languages may be added.


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