Open Days 2010


OPEN DAYS 2010 Final Programme

Europe 2020: Competitiveness, co-operation and cohesion for all regions

Since 2003, the OPEN DAYS - European Week of Regions and Cities, has become an annual key event at which cities and regions to showcase their capacity for creating growth and jobs, implementing European Union cohesion policy, and proof the importance of the local level for good European governance.

Conceived and developed by the EU Committee of the Regions and the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional Policy, this communication platform regularly enlists loyal support from thousands of local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts, whose achievements have been manifold in the areas of economic success and social integration, co-operation between regions, fruitful public-private partnerships at local level, and with research centres and universities.

The OPEN DAYS will be held for the eighth time in Brussels between 4 and 7 October 2010. Again, around 100 seminars, workshops or debates plus exhibitions and networking opportunities will be take place, organised in partnership with regions and cities from all over Europe, and including contributions by companies, banks and international associations and academic organisations.

On the eve of an intensive debate about the reform of Cohesion Policy post-2013, the OPEN DAYS will concentrate on 'competitiveness, co-operation and cohesion' and present best practice from regional development programmes across Europe:

  • Seminars on 'competitiveness' will focus on innovation, regional development and green economic growth, and on results achieved by regions supported by the 'regional competitiveness and employment objective'

  • Workshops on 'co-operation' will include debates about territorial and cross-border co-operation, the European Grouping on Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), and 'macro regions' will highlight latest developments and enhance exchange among practitioners

  • The theme 'cohesion' will focus on discussions elaborating on 'territorial' and 'social' cohesion and on the question of how to better integrate different policies at the local level.

The Meeting Place and the OPEN DAYS University will provide for thematic exhibitions, networking opportunities and exchange among researchers, and economic and financial actors: The Meeting Place in the Committee of the Regions' premises will invite companies, regions, cities and banks to present projects supporting 'green regional economies', public-private partnerships and best practice in cross-border co-operation. In cooperation with international organisations and associations, the OPEN DAYS University will add the academic point of view on questions related to regional development and EU cohesion policy in particular.

Under the headline 'Europe in my region (city)', another 260 local events will be organised all over Europe by the event partners between September and November 2010. Local institutions and organisations, such as regions, municipalities, Structural Funds managing authorities, regional development agencies, chambers of commerce, universities and other are invited to participate and to suggest European events planned during that period to the OPEN DAYS organisers.