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Closing Session

9 October 2008, 14:00-15:30
European Parliament, Hemicycle

The Closing Session, to take place on 9 October at 14:00-15:30 in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament, will summarise the discussions on the four thematic strands of the OPEN DAYS 2008. The audience is expected to comprise 1,300 representatives from regions, cities and European businesses, banking and civil society associations.

Chair: Gerardo Galeote, European Parliament, Chairman of the Committee on Regional Development

14:05-14:45  Presentation of the outcomes of OPEN DAYS by themes

  • Günter Verheugen, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and Industry: Innovating regions: Promoting research, technological development and innovation
  • Karl-Heinz Florenz, European Parliament, Chairman of Temporary Committee on Climate Change: Sustainable development: Regional responses to climate change
  • Michel Delebarre, First vice-President of the Committee of the Regions: Cooperation and networking: Exchange of best practice in regional development

14:45-15:00  Debate with the audience

15:00-15:15 Address by Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament

15:15-15:30 Conclusions

  • Danuta Hübner, Member of the European Commission responsible for Regional Policy
  • Luc Van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions

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