Under the headline "Investing in Europe's Regions and Cities: Public and Private Partners for Growth and Jobs", the European Commission's Regional Policy Directorate-General and the Committee of the Regions have joined forces with the European Parliament, 135 regions and cities and several European banking, business and civil society organisations to present between 9 and 12 October a programme of 115 seminars, workshops and sessions in Brussels.
During that time, the “Investors’ Café” will aim at bringing together business investors and decision-makers from local and regional governments. Registration to this event is only possible through this page.
Another 70 local events will be held throughout Europe. Altogether, more than 5,000 regional policy experts and stakeholders are expected to participate and to discuss issues such as attracting investment, supporting innovation and sustainable development and public-private partnership arrangements with over 500 speakers from 30 different countries.
Two political highlight events – the Opening and Closing Sessions on 9 and 12 October - will be addressed by the Commissioner of the Regional Policy DG Danuta Hübner, the President of the Committee of the Regions Michel Delebarre, and other personalities. They will focus on the main following questions: "How to make Europe's regions more attractive?" and "How to better organise public and private partnerships?"
The programme is presented under 5 major headings:
A. Investing in competitive enterprises and high quality jobs
23 seminars and workshops in this section provide concrete examples from regions and cities on how cohesion policy matters and addresses the needs of enterprises and regional and local communities and thus show how the European Union’s growth and jobs agenda can be brought home to these levels.
B. Fostering regional innovation
The 26 seminars and workshops in this section address innovation strategies and projects towards the background of regional and urban examples of closer cooperation between enterprises, research and educational institutions and public bodies.
C. Investing in sustainable use of resources and environmental technologies
In this section, 14 seminars and workshops unfold the variety of regional and local attempts to achieve more on sustainable economic performance and the development of innovative environmental technologies.
D. Supporting public-private partnerships for larger infrastructure projects
19 seminars and workshops show concrete examples on how PPPs can be implemented efficiently at national, regional, local levels and in different sectors. The new initiatives JASPERS, JEREMIE and JESSICA initiatives will contribute to better absorption of funds and the efficiency of regional policy instruments.
E. Cutting red tape: Managing the Structural Funds between 2007 and 2013
The 34 seminars and workshops in this section will present the new Structural Funds regulations for the 2007-2013 period and their implementation on the ground, in particular in the framework of partnership arrangements with civil society organisations and by highlighting synergies with other EU policies.
For the programme, click here.