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  • International Scientific and Practical Conference, Devoted to the 80th Anniversary from Foundation of the Department for Social and Economic Geography and Regional Studies «Region-2014: Optimal Development Strategy»
    06 November 2014 - 07 November 2014, Square Svobody, 4, Kharkiv, 61022 - Kharkiv (Ukraine)

    Description: The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv Na-tional University, Ukrainian Geographical Society, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kharkiv Regional Station of Young Tourists (Ukraine), Belgorod National Research University, Kursk State University (Russia), Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland), Association InterRegioNovation (France) will organize on November 6–7, 2014 the Scientific and Practical International Conference, Devoted to the 80th Anniversary from Foundation of the Department for Social and Economic Geography and Regional Studies «Region-2014: Optimal Development Strategy». The main purpose of this event is to integrate efforts of scientists, research and teaching staff, civil organizations, policy makers, business structure to solve modern issues in the field of regional social and economic development, environmental protection, searching ways of training for the regional optimal development, elaboration of plans and strategies for the future regional development.

    The conference will be conducted with the information support of “Journal of Human Geography” (Ukraine). The best theses will be published in the journal in case of their revision.
    Official languages of the conference are Ukrainian, Russian and English.

    Conference sections:

    1. Theory and methodology of regional studies.
    2. Interdisciplinary approach in the elaboration of the optimal develop-ment strategy of regions.
    3. Social and economic development of regions.
    4. Natural resource potential and regional ecological policy.
    5. Education for regional optimal development.

    The roundtable “New approaches in complex regional studies” is planned within the conference.

    Registration Information: The register fee is 40 $. For participation in the conference, please submit an application form, that should contain the following information
    1. First and last names
    2. Position, academic degree, academic title
    3. Institution (university, faculty, department; research institute etc.), its post address
    4. Country, city
    5. Post address (for sending a book of articles if you are a correspondent partici-pant), contact telephone, fax, e-mail
    6. Conference section
    7. Title of the article
    8. Name, surname of the scientific supervisor (for students and PhD students)
    9. If any presentation equipment is needed
    10. Form of participation (full-time or correspondence)
    11. Advance booking for accommodation

    An article up 4 pages

    until 1 October, 2014.

    Organisation responsible: V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Department for Social and Economic Geography and Regional Studies

    Contact: Kobylin Pavlo: +380 (96) 375-15-91 The Department of Social and Economic Geography and Region Studies: +380 (57) 707-52-74

    Registration Deadline: 01/10/2014

    More Information:   - E-mail

  • North Sea Conference 2014 Joint Annual Conference of the North Sea Region and the North Sea Commission
    25 June 2014 - 27 June 2014, Aberdeen, Scotland - Aberdeen (U.K.)

    Description: The North Sea Conference 2014 will be jointly arranged with the North Sea Commission and hosted by the Aberdeenshire Council.

    The event will have a strong focus on the 2014-2020 programming period, with the aim to facilitate partnership networking and project ideas.

    Registration Information: Will be announced soon:

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories
    15 June 2014 - 18 June 2014, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Business - Izmir (Turkey)

    Description: Diversity within regions is often considered one way to achieve sustainability and stability in economic growth and development. As a region’s social and economic structure becomes more diverse, it becomes less sensitive to external shocks. Variety in economic activities as well as divergent local cultures within the region is a source of regional strength and resilience. The concept of resilience has often been used in regional development to define robustness, strength, flexibility and the ability to respond to external shocks. Building resilient regions is seen as particularly important in the wake of the global economic crisis as a new source of economic growth. This objective is emphasized both by the OECD’s agenda for stronger, cleaner and fairer economies and by EU2020’s call for smart, inclusive, sustainable economies. The objectives in both agendas are complementary.

    The Regional Studies Association European Conference 2014 on ‘Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories’ presents a timely opportunity to discuss these issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners.

    Contributions are invited which fit with the following themes, to collectively explore and discuss these key issues from a multitude of perspectives and with different theoretical stand points and with empirical observations from different parts of the world. Selection of abstracts will be based on originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread. Abstracts should not exceed 800 words.

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: Regional Studies Association

    Contact: Elizabeth Mitchell

    Registration Deadline: 10/06/2014

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Developing and Managing the Project Pipeline for EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Programmes in 2014-2020
    12 May 2014 - 14 May 2014, European Institute of Public Administration
    Onze Lieve Vrouweplein 22
    Maastricht - Maastricht (Netherlands)

    Description: This seminar will provide a step-by-step guide to the pipeline, from the point of view of both programme managers and project sponsors. We look, for example, at 2014-2020 priorities; planning, institutional and procedural issues; generating project ideas, partnerships, putting applications together; ex-ante project appraisal techniques. The seminar will examine the challenge of developing smart projects, developing SMEs and developing successful ESF projects. There will be presentations by regional practitioners, expert consultants and EU officials.

    Organisation responsible: European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

    Contact: Winny Curfs, Programme Organiser, EIPA, PO Box 1229, NL-6201 BE Maastricht, Netherlands tel: 00 31 4332 96 320 fax: 00 31 4332 96 296

    Registration Deadline: 22/04/2014

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Evaluating EU Structural Funds support for Business growth and innovation: moving from 2007-2013 to 2014-2020
    28 April 2014 - 29 April 2014, European Institute of Public Administration,
    Maastricht, Netherlands - Maastricht (Netherlands)

    Description: The focus of the seminar is on evaluation for the new generation of programmes and projects for 2014-2020, most notably in relation to business growth, RTD and innovation measures. The principle issues for evaluating business growth and innovation measures will be examined, and practical approaches illustrated using case studies. The seminar will also consider ex ante project appraisal steps, including the major projects application form for productive investment (and infrastructure).

    Organisation responsible: European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

    Contact: Nancy Vermeulen e-mail: tel: + 31 43 3296 212

    Registration Deadline: 10/04/2014

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Regional Studies Association Global Conference 2014 From Vulnerable Places to Resilient Territories: The Path to Sustainable Development
    27 April 2014 - 30 April 2014, Fábrica de Negócios - Fortaleza (Brazil)

    Description: In a world emerging from widespread crisis, some regions thrive and have been strengthened whilst others struggle to recover. Unforeseen events affect regions unevenly, presenting at once opportunities and challenges, prosperity and deprivation. How regions emerge from negative or positive shocks depends on their capacity to learn from their own experience and from that of others, as well as their ability to adapt to new environments in a global economy.

    The RSA 2014 Global Conference in Brazil will focus on thinking about paths, policies and ideas to strengthen vulnerable places and to develop cohesive and resilient territories. We acknowledge that only adaptive and flexible regions can succeed in an ever-changing world. This conference offers to all those who share an interest in regional and urban issues an opportunity to explore and discuss these key issues. Our discussions will be stimulated and enriched by the RSA’s well established tradition of embracing and accepting diverse perspective, disciplinary backgrounds and ideas.

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: Regional Studies Association

    Contact: Lesa

    Registration Deadline: 23/02/2014

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Seminar on anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures in European Structural and Investment Funds
    20 March 2014, Andel's Hotel, Stroupeznickeho 21 - Prague (Czech Republic)

    Description: The European Commission in co-operation with Transparency International country chapters is organising a series of seminars dedicated to "Anti-fraud and Anti-corruption Measures in European Structural and Investment Funds".

    More Information: Website  

  • 9th European Annual Symposium EU Funds 2014 Managing Change with the new Generation of European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020
    10 March 2014 - 12 March 2014, Maritim Hotel Berlin
    Stauffenbergstraße 26
    10785 Berlin, Germany - Berlin (Germany)

    Description: The 9th European Annual Symposium “EU Funds 2014” will take place as every year in Berlin. From 10th to 12th March 2014 more than 500 attendees from all across Europe will have the once-a-year chance to exchange experiences and to get answers of their questions from top EU Funds experts, representing all important European and national institutions involved in the management and strategy of EU Funds. Clear focus will be put on how to manage the change with the new Generation of European Structural and Investment Funds
    The European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law is delighted to invite all experts from across Europe, who deal with the management, certification and control of EU Funds to the biggest and most important annual event on EU Funds in Europe.

    Topics will include among others:
    • New responsibilities and challenges for Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities
    • Efficient use of Financial Instruments that are becoming increasingly important
    • New Multi-Funds approaches: Community Led Local Development and Integrated Territorial Investment
    • Specific consequences of the new structures for Agricultural and Fisheries Funds
    • Effectively preventing and prosecuting fraud and corruption
    • Specific requirements towards annual clearances of accounts
    • Implications for beneficiaries: How to ensure maximum absorption of available funding
    • Hands-on advice on the closure of Operational Programmes 2007-2013
    Three intensive workshops will strengthen attendees’ practical expertise:
    • Setting Up a New Management and Control System
    • New Sampling Methods and Calculating the Error Rates in 2014-2020 – Practical Approach
    • How to apply for EU Funds – A workshop for Beneficiaries

    Organisation responsible: European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law

    Contact: Asya Ognyanova

    Registration Deadline: 06/03/2014

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Implementing the new Structural and Investment Funds Regulations: comparing 2014-2020 with 2007-2013
    06 March 2014 - 07 March 2014, Maastricht, Netherlands - Maastricht (Netherlands)

    Description: This seminar will look at the new Structural and Investment Funds regulations for 2014-2020, published on 20 December 2013, and to issues relating to the current and future implementation of operational programmes. It will include detailed sessions on how programming, management and financial rules are changing, highlighting financial management, financial control and audit procedures. The seminar will examine evaluation and monitoring requirements and the generation of indicators for the new performance framework. The seminar will consist of a series of illustrated presentations given by European Commission officials, regional practitioners and expert consultants. There will be a roundtable discussion with experts and practical workshops.

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)


    Registration Deadline: 27/01/2014

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Global Urbanisation: Challenges and Prospects - Regional Studies Association International Conference 2013
    16 December 2013 - 18 December 2013, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) - Los Angeles (USA)

    Description: Global economic integration, technological change, and rapid development in the emerging world economies are reshaping the world’s urban landscapes. Rapid urbanisation is underway in many parts of the world, with new types of metropolitan areas emerging there; at the same time, existing major metropolitan areas are expanding their borders, changing their internal organisation, and being more deeply integrated into wider metropolitan regions. These processes are bringing prosperity to many urban regions, but such prosperity is selective, with other areas finding it difficult to find new roles in the contemporary economy and hence suffering from outmigration and lower incomes. The global urban world has thus opened up new forms of polarization and divergence in growth and incomes. Added to these diverse processes are pressures from such forces as climate change and citizen demands for participation and equity. In this light, city-regions around the world are in need of innovations in infrastructure, urban governance, economic development strategies, and finance. At the same time, the obstacles to such innovations, from existing political arrangements, entrenched interests, segregation, and poorly adapted theories and models, are also very powerful.

    The Regional Studies Association International Conference 2013 on Global Urbanisation: Challenges and Prospects presents a timely opportunity to discuss these important issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners.

    Contributions are therefore invited which fit with the following themes and which are based on an original piece of research and are potentially publishable. Selection of abstracts will be based on originality and interest, subject balance and geographical spread. The conference seeks published outcomes in RSA journals and book series. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.

    Attendance fee - £235.00 (subsidised) to include all conference materials, lunches, welcome reception and gala dinner

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: Regional Studies Association

    Contact: Elizabeth Mitchell -

    Registration Deadline: 19/08/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Euregio Meuse-Rhine Seminar Territorial intelligence
    13 December 2013, EIPA - Maastricht (the Netherlands)

    Description: Monitoring territorial developments (collecting and analyzing data) and assessing territorial impacts of policies (evaluating effects of policies on crossborder regions) .

    Limited number of participants. Experts on monitoring and impact assessment only.

    More Information:   - E-mail

  • 13th FEMIP Conference - "Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean region"
    10 December 2013, Thon Hotel EU - Brussels (Belgium)

    Description: ENG

    Energy demand in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region is being driven by both economic growth and population increases. At current rates, it could increase by 40% in the next two decades. For Mediterranean Partner Countries, this is a costly and unsustainable prospect. Through strong energy efficiency measures and increased efforts to utilise renewable energy sources, this burden can be diminished, for instance by reducing import dependence and environmental costs. This is consistent with the objectives of the Mediterranean Solar Plan, a priority initiative of the Union for the Mediterranean.
    The next edition of the FEMIP Conferences will therefore bring together participants from Europe and the Mediterranean countries to actively discuss how energy efficiency can improve a country’s overall competitive position and create employment opportunities.


    La demande en énergie dans les pays du sud et de l’est du bassin méditerranéen est induite par la croissance économique et l’expansion démographique. Au rythme actuel, elle pourrait augmenter de 40 % au cours des vingt prochaines années. Pour les pays partenaires méditerranéens, il s'agit d'une perspective coûteuse et insoutenable. La mise en œuvre de mesures d'efficacité énergétique rigoureuses et le déploiement d'efforts accrus visant à favoriser l'utilisation de sources d'énergie renouvelables peuvent contribuer à alléger cette charge, par exemple en réduisant la dépendance vis-à-vis des importations et les coûts environnementaux. Cela s'inscrit d'ailleurs dans le droit fil des objectifs du Plan solaire méditerranéen, l'une des initiatives prioritaires de l'Union pour la Méditerranée.
    La prochaine édition de la Conférence de la FEMIP rassemblera donc des participants d'Europe et des pays méditerranéens qui débattront activement à cette occasion de la manière dont l'efficacité énergétique peut renforcer la position concurrentielle mondiale d'un pays et créer des possibilités d'emploi.

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Euregio Meuse-Rhine Conference Towards an euregional action plan for labour mobility
    06 December 2013, Ministry of the Germanspeaking Community - Eupen (Belgium)

    Description: Keynote speech outlining theses followed by round tables of experts, dialogue with the attendees and concluding remarks by the president of the EMR, prime minister Lambertz of the German-speaking Community.

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR)

    Contact: Björn Koopmans

    Registration Deadline: 24/11/2013

    More Information:   - E-mail

  • "Regional knowledge for independent living of the elderly"
    05 December 2013, Marche Region Delegation
    Round Point Schuman, 14 - Brussels (Belgium)

    Description: Citizens are getting older and are increasingly living longer with chronic diseases, helped by advanced medical care ending up to chronic conditions and minor disabilities well manageable by home care. This demographic change poses significant challenges to Europe’s society and economy.

    JADE project aimed at developing and promoting a Common Research Agenda and Joint Action Plan tackling one of the most promising cluster applications of Ambient Intelligence technologies in everyday life. JADE project focused on the use of these applications to support a healthy ageing population, with a special attention for chronic disease management and prevention in elderly.

    The conference would provide an opportunity to discuss and learn from the implementation of the JADE project, encouraging knowledge sharing and fostering relationships and networking opportunities among stakeholders from different regions.

    Some of the objective of the conference include:
    to present the opportunities of networking exchange between regions
    to promote project ideas and cooperation strategies
    to discuss the latest trends, emerging approaches and challenges in delivering e-Health

    Target audience of the Conference are policy maker, research centre, enterprises and end user representative (cluster - quadruple helix actors) wishing to capitalize successful experience and to cooperate in the development of project ideas and cluster internationalization strategies.

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: SVIM - Sviluppo Marche SpA

    Contact: SVIM - Sviluppo Marche SpA PROJECT COORDINATOR Francesca Orazi Phone: +390718064509 Fax: +390718064510 Mail:

    Registration Deadline: 02/12/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • BIOGAS13 Congress / Biomethane Regions
    04 December 2013 - 05 December 2013, WIFI St. Pölten, Mariazeller Straße 97, 3100 St. Pölten, Austria - St. Pölten (Austria)

    Description: ARGE, the Austrian Compost & Biogas Association is organising the 6th edition of the Austrian Biogas Congress, supported by klima:aktiv, the climate protection initiative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the Austrian biogas industry. More than 500 participants are expected.
    Biogas and Biomethane development have achieved a certain maturity. Despite the effort of the regional decision makers, the biogas plants operators, the technology developers and the research sector, there are still barriers that need to be removed. The Biogas13 speakers will provide answers to this challenge.
    The 3 projects supported by the Energy Intelligent Europe programme Biomethane Regions (in English), FABbiogas (in German) and BiogasHeat (in German) will share their experiences and will highlight the latest developments in biogas and biomethane in Europe.
    The Biomethane-Regions session will show how the promotion of anaerobic digestion and of biogas upgrading technology supports the market development of biomethane for grid injection and vehicle usage.
    Programme :

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: FEDARENE _ European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment

    Contact: Dominique Bourges

    Registration Deadline: 01/12/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • The New Regulations for Financial Management and Audit of EU Structural Funds: Comparing 2014-2020 with 2007-2013
    03 December 2013 - 04 December 2013, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), O.L. Vrouweplein 22, NL-6211 HE
    tel.: +31 43 3296 222, fax: +31 43 3296 296. - Maastricht (Netherland)

    Description: The seminar will look at the proposed new regulations for the 2014-2020 programming period and compare them to the regulations for 2007-2013, with respect to financial management and audit, and other related issues. Speakers will include high-level officials from national managing authorities and the European Commission, as well as expert regional practitioners and consultants. The seminar will also consist of sessions where case studies will be presented, encouraging the participants to exchange practical examples and experiences in managing EU Structural Funds.

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

    Contact: Ms Nicolette Brouwers, Programme Organiser, EIPA (tel.: +31.43.3296245)

    Registration Deadline: 18/11/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

    28 November 2013, Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva;
    Konstitucijos pr. 20 - Vilnius (Lithuania)

    Description: Organised on the eve of the 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit of Heads of State and Government, this Forum will bring together key representatives of the business community and government to address strategic questions ranging from further enhancement of trade, foreign direct investment, boosting of SMEs and developing infrastructure for business success.

    The expected signature of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, finishing of negotiations with Moldova, Georgia and Armenia before the 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit of Heads of State and Government will mark an essential step in the political and economic relationship between the neighbours. Establishing the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) will spur the creation of a Europe-wide free trade area where businesses will benefit not only from elimination of tariff barriers, but also from the use of common standards, more transparent and certain operating environment. The impact of the DCFTA’s will therefore be reflected in the discussions across all panels.

    Registration Information:

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Smart Citizen - Eurocities 2013
    27 November 2013 - 30 November 2013, Ghent - Blegium - Ghent (Belgium)

    Description: There is no such thing as a smart city without smart citizens! EUROCITIES 2013 Ghent will explore how innovation and new technology can be used to empower citizens and build more inclusive, more sustainable societies. How can smart technology lead to improved transport, better social cohesion and more efficient energy consumption in our cities? We believe that by working together with our citizens to create this 'smart city ecosystem', we can achieve a better quality of life for everyone.

    More Information: Website  

  • Mobilising Regions: Territorial Strategies for Growth - Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2013
    22 November 2013, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, WC1N 1HT - London (UK)

    Description: One of the major impacts of the current economic crisis is the increased pressure to find new solutions to often deep-seated societal and political-economic problems, particularly at the scale of cities and regions. What is being demanded are new territorial development strategies capable of arresting economic decline and providing new measures in support of economic
    growth, whilst at the same time managing territorial inequality and responding to concerns over the democratic legitimacy of existing decision-making structures and public policy interventions. Making this an even more demanding set of challenges is the requirement that all this be delivered within a package that affords a more balanced and environmentally sustainable model for
    the future, and at a time when the scope for public intervention is being diminished as a result of widespread austerity measures. Unable to rely solely on state intervention, regions and localities are today faced with the challenge of finding new ways of managing their own territorial development. Success increasingly depends on an ability to mobilise a broad range of public and
    private actors in support of particular territorial development strategies, models, and interventions. This is leading to the emergence of new territorial alliances and new loci and/or expressions of territorial cooperation aimed at mobilising regions in pursuit of particular political and economic goals. Yet this is only part of the story. For regions and localities are also where competing political and economic agendas increasingly collide, meaning new sites and forms of territorial conflict are emerging as
    other actors mobilise to resist particular territorial development strategies, models, and interventions. What this is giving rise to are new forms and expressions of territorial cooperation and conflict around questions to do with
    economic restructuring, new economic developments, infrastructure, the collective provision of services, and governmentalised
    remapping’s of state space. This is particularly evident, for instance, in debates for and against Scottish and Catalan independence, the need for austerity driven welfare reforms, and investment in major infrastructure development (e.g. High Speed 2 in the UK, metropolitan transit oriented development in North America). In this context it is timely to ask some searching questions as to how regions are being mobilised in support of, or opposition to, particular territorial development models and strategies. The Regional Studies Association Winter Conference 2013 on Mobilising
    Regions presents a timely opportunity to discuss these important issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners. Contributions are therefore invited which focus primarily, although not necessarily exclusively, on one or more of the following themes:
     New sites and forms of territorial cooperation and/or conflict at the scale of regions and localities
     Cooperation, disputes and resistance around particular territorial development strategies, models, and interventions
     Empirical and conceptual understandings of how regions are mobilised
     The (im)mobility of territorial development models
     The role of leadership in mobilising regions
    The conference organisers are keen to attract papers and sessions which address a broad research and policy agenda, including contributions from any discipline which can offer relevant insights at local and regional levels.

    Plenary Speakers:
    •Professor Andrew Beer, The University of Adelaide, Australia
    •Professor Jim Gallagher, Nuffield College, Oxford University, UK
    •Professor Kevin Ward, University of Manchester, UK
    •Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Newcastle University, UK
    •Professor Fulong Wu, The Bartlet School of Planning, UCL, UK

    Registration Information: Registration is now open:

    Organisation responsible: Regional Studies Association

    Contact: Academic Organiser: John Harrison: RSA Organiser: Lesa Reynolds:

    Registration Deadline: 12/07/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • INTERREG NWE Annual Event 2013
    14 November 2013, Vélodrome Couvert Régional Jean Stablinsky – Roubaix France - Roubaix (France)

    Description: The NWE Annual Event 2013 (Roubaix, France, 14/11/2013) will be an open dialogue between Programme members and all those interested in making the North-West Europe a better place to live. You will have the opportunity to discover and discuss about the impact we want to our Programme to make in North-West Europe during 2014-2020. There will be plenty of space for potential project partners from all over North-West Europe to meet and talk about their project ideas for after 2014.

    Registration Information: Free of charge but compulsory on the following website:

    Organisation responsible: INTERREG IVB North-West Europe

    Contact: Eva Martinez Orosa

    Registration Deadline: 14/10/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Using EU Structural and Cohesion Funds Effectively in Public-Private Partnerships (PPP): Challenges and Opportunities
    12 November 2013 - 13 November 2013, Campus Brussels Maastricht University
    Avenue de l’Armée / Legerlaan 10
    BE-1040 Brussels
    Tel: +32-488814534 - Brussels (Belgium)

    Description: PPP projects will continue to play a key role in filling Europe’s infrastructure gap and EU structural and cohesion funds can play a key role in funding them. This workshop will assess the current role and possible future role of public-private partnerships in modernising European infrastructure and the (so far relatively limited) role of EU structural and cohesion funds in supporting this process. It will highlight the different procedures for awarding PPP contracts and securing EU co-financing, as well as key issues to be addressed when blending them together. This workshop will cover economic, financial, operational and legal considerations and use experience to date to assess the risks, challenges and opportunities in using EU structural and cohesion funds for PPP projects. It will draw on experiences from the European, national and sub-national level. Future developments in the rules for EU structural and cohesion funds for the 2014-2020 programming period will also be discussed.

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

    Contact: Belinda Vetter +31 43 3296 382

    Registration Deadline: 22/10/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Annual Conference of Operational Programmes for Industry, Services and Innovation- Final year of the current financial period: and what comes after?
    07 November 2013 - 08 November 2013, Boscolo Budapest Hotel - Budapest (Hungary)

    Description: MAG–Hungarian Economic Development Centre in cooperation with the National Development Agency is organising an international conference, focusing on the planning and implementation of economic development operational programmes. The event will be opened by Mr János Lázár, Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office in Hungary and Mr. Erich Unterwurzacher, Director of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.
    The event will seek to create an opportunity for the European Commission, Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies to exchange their experience related to Structural Funds operational programmes for competitiveness and regional development programmes.
    Speakers from Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Germany will participate to share their experience at international level. Besides foreign guests, Hungarian ministries, managing authorities, directors of intermediate bodies, chambers, universities and other partners will also attend the conference.
    On the first day, international participants will present the state of play of their current economic development programmes, their experience of the final years of the current financial period, and their plans for the next period. On the second day, panellists will have the chance to share their views on exciting topics related to Structural Funds, including the next programming period, risks of auditing for project selection and the role of research development and female entrepreneurs in competitiveness operational programmes.
    Based on the participants’ feedback of previous conferences, the annual conference is one of the most noted events in the Central European region related to Structural Funds.

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: MAG–Hungarian Economic Development Centre

    Contact: Rózsa Szilágyi +36 1 329 2763/23

    Registration Deadline: 28/10/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • AEBR Annual Conference 2013 "Cross-Border Urban und Rural Integrated Areas – Challenges and Chances"
    07 November 2013 - 08 November 2013, Liège (BE) and Maastricht (NL)
    Euregio Meuse-Rhine - Liège / Maastricht (BE/NL)

    Description: Main subject: Synergies between rural and urban areas in cross-border areas – integration and development, challenges and chances.

    Target Group: Professionals and stakeholders dealing with cross-border cooperation, decision-makers from regional, national and European levels

    In many border regions different types of areas come together. A very frequent case is an urban agglomeration surrounded by scarcely populated, rural areas across the border. They need to be integrated all together. The new Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 attaches more importance to the urban dimension. However, rural areas are facing important challenges as well, as for example demographic change and brain drain, and innovative solutions are needed in these fields. Territorial Cohesion needs close cross-border cooperation in fields as spatial planning, services as for example public transport as well as regional development. In this framework communities of shared responsibility can grow between urban and rural, stronger and weaker areas, known as Integrated Areas. This balancing partnership of structurally and economically different types of regions can contribute to reinforced growth and innovation, and increase the visibility and competitiveness of all parts of the integrated area.

    Euregio Meuse-Rhine, host of the AEBR General Assembly and Annual Conference 2013, is one of the pioneers of cross-border cooperation, having worked successfully for 37 years in the border triangle between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

    During the AEBR Annual Conference 2013, the winner of the cross-border prize "Sail of Papenburg" 2013 will be awarded as well.

    Registration Information: Via registration form (available in the AEBR website)

    Organisation responsible: Association of European Border Regions and Euregio Meuse-Rhine

    Contact: AEBR Head Office Tel. 0049 2562 70219 Fax: 0049 2562 70259

    Registration Deadline: 13/09/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Looking Forward: The Future of Regional Studies Regional Studies Early Career Conference 2013
    01 November 2013, The University of Manchester, Sackville Street - Manchester (UK)

    Description: In recent times regional and local development has been affected by a changing political and economic environment that has thrown into question many of the strategies pursued in recent years. Despite the challenges, the current context provides also an opportunity to revise theoretical and policy frameworks, and to continue working to improve them. The objective of this conference is to bring together a group of early career researchers, and give them a chance to identify and discuss the future lines of research and action for regional studies. Maintaining the RSA openness to a wide range of research topics, with a focus on regional and urban issues, we invite all those who share an interest in this broad area of investigation to join us in Manchester. We will accept abstracts that cover the following, and similar, areas of research:

    • Innovation And Knowledge
    • Financialisation And Regional Development
    • New Challenges In Urban Planning
    • Global Production Networks
    • Evolutionary Economic Geography
    • Foreign Direct Investment And Regional Development
    • Climate Change And Sustainability
    • Urban And Regional Governance, Politics And Territory

    Target Audience:
    The conference is open to all: academics; policy makers and practitioners; but particularly to early career researchers who are currently undertaking an academic degree, post-doctoral studies or are in the early years of their career.

    The day will consist of both parallel workshop sessions and plenary sessions.

    Plenary speakers:
    • Jurgen Essletzbichler, Department of Geography, University College London, UK
    • Professor Nick Phelps, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK
    • Professor Martin Jones, Aberystwyth University, UK
    • Panel discussion, chaired by Professor David Bailey, Coventry University, UK

    Registration Information:

    Organisation responsible: Regional Studies Association

    Contact: RSA Organiser: Elizabeth Mitchell

    Registration Deadline: 12/07/2013

    More Information: Website - E-mail

  • Conference on EU Structural Funds 2014-2020 and opportunities for Catalan Local Authorities
    30 October 2013, Auditori, CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona) - Barcelona (Spain)

    Description: The European Commission adopted in October 2011 a number of legislative proposals on Cohesion Policy for the next programming period 2014-2020. During these months, these proposals have been debated in the Council and the European Parliament, with the aim that the new regulations come into force in 2014.
    The EU Financial Framework will cause, among others, greater thematic concentration, a shift in the types of local projects eligible for funding from Structural Funds and a minimum threshold of investment from the European Social Fund in the different European regions.
    It is central to point out that the proposals for the new Cohesion Policy recognise the role of cities in achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Our local governments seek new mechanisms to meet the needs of their territory and citizens, and urban development is essential because Smart Cities are engines for innovation and growth.
    Therefore, it is essential that local governments play an important role in defining the priorities of programs, which will direct where funding will be available for the coming years; these programs will be defined in the coming months.
    This conference will discuss in detail the future of EU Cohesion Policy, and especially the opportunities for local governments, analysing the role of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the new European Territorial Cooperation programs that will benefit Catalonia.
    This formative action is part of the collaboration agreement that the Provincial Councils of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona signed last March to coordinate their European and international strategy.

    Registration Information:

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