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[11/12/2006] Call for Papers for the third conference under the  Regions for Economic Change initiative on “Fostering competitiveness through innovative technologies, products and healthy communities"

The event will take place on 7 and 8 March 2007 and is organised by the Commission's Regional Policy Directorate-General and other Commission services in co-operation with the Committee of the Regions and the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and .

A call for papers has been published and is open until the 15th of January 2007.

[8/12/2006] The website for the first annual conference under  Regions for Economic Change - "Fostering competitiveness through innovative technologies, products and healthy communities" is opened.


[21/11/2006] Informal meeting of the Ministers of Regional Policy – European Council

The regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner, presented the new initiative "Regions for Economic Change" to the Ministers responsible for regional policy in the framework of an informal meeting of the Council of Ministers.

[08/11/2006] The "Regions for Economic Change" initiative is adopted on 8 November 2006 by the European Commission under the "Territorial Cooperation" objective.

The communication emphasises the following novelties: the identification of priority themes focused on economic modernisation; the interconnectedness between thematic development and mainstream programmes; an enhanced joint communication effort; the creation of a 'fast-track option'. An accompanying working paper list the 30 priority themes was also published.

Press release


[10/2006] Call for papers for the second conference on Regions for Economic Change - "Regional policy responses to demographic challenges"

Through this call for papers the European Commission’s Regional Policy Directorate-General is inviting experts in the field of regional development and demographic change to send contributions to be presented during the conference "Regional Policy responses to demographic challenges" on 25-26 January 2007 in Brussels. Deadline

[09/2006] The proceedings of the first conference under the 'Regions for Economic Change' initiative have been published.   


[12-13/06/2006] First conference under the 'Regions for Economic Change' initiative "Innovating through EU regional policy" takes place in Brussels

The first of a series of conferences organized by DG REGIO aims at giving interested bodies insight into successful strategies and practices for “improving knowledge and innovation for growth”. Three main themes were addressed: how to create the right environment for innovation, how to strengthen collaboration between public and private stakeholders, and how to establish partnerships and synergies. President Manuel Baroso, Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner, Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for enterprise and industry, and Commissioner Vladimír Špidla, in charge of employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, are addressing the conference

Press release

[16/05/2006] "Innovating through EU Regional Policy”, the first in the series of "Regions for Economic Change” conferences, to be held in Brussels on 12–13 June 2006

"Innovating through EU Regional Policy" which will be held in Brussels on 12 and 13 June. This is the first in a series of conferences on the theme of "Regions for Economic Change".


[26/04/2006] Registration for the first conference on "Regions for Economic Change”, Brussels on 12–13 June 2006 is now open. The deadline to submit the registration form is the 31st of May


[11/04/2006] Series of DG REGIO events under the heading: "Regions for Economic change"

The Directorate General for Regional Policy is organising a series of conferences under the general heading ‘Regions for Economic Change’. They are designed to be useful to practitioners (national, regional and managing authorities) in terms of providing learning opportunities and examining the different ways in which Europe’s Cohesion Policy contributes to the Lisbon process or the growth and jobs agenda. The first conference will take place on 12 and 13 June in Brussels.


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