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Creative Metropoles: A motor for development and economic growth

Monday 4 October 2010 - 15.00 – 16.30
Venue: Les Brigittines, City of Brussels Contemporary Arts Centre for Movement,
Petite rue des Brigittines,

Programme: word document

Background Information:

The Creative Metropoles network consists of policy-makers, culture and business professionals, and researchers of 11 European cities exchange and analyse their experiences in the development and implementation of creative industries policies. The aim is to generate new knowledge and approaches for a (more) focused and efficient public support system for the development of creative industries in metropolitan regions in Europe.
The network is supported by the INTERREG IV C Programme.The network covers 5 themes:

  1. the general architecture of public support for creative industries
  2. public support for enhancing business capacity and internationalisation of creative industries
  3. developing urban space and creative city districts
  4. financing of creative industries (funding schemes)
  5. demand for creative industries products and services
  6. (including municipalities in the role of consumers)

More information:

For more information and registration, please contact:

Hagersten-Liljeholmen City District
Department of Urban Planning
t: +46 (0)850823092

Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women's Issues
Division Communication, Media, Creative Industries
t:+49 (0)30 9013-8347

European Year of Volunteering – Attracting Volunteers

Boosting social cohesion by volunteering
Open Days side event in the framework of 2011, European Year of Volunteering

Tuesday 5 October 2010 - 14.00 – 16.00
VLEVA offices, Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels

Background Information:

Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe, European Volunteer Centre, Veneto region, Valencia region, Oslo region and ENSA (European Network on Social Authorities) join forces and organize an Open Days side event in the framework of 2011, European Year of Volunteering on Tuesday, October 5th 2010, from 2 PM until 4 PM in the premises of the Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe (Brussels).

The conference will inform you on the initiatives towards the European Year of Volunteering from European level (perspective of the European Commission, John Macdonald, Head of Task Force; the European Parliament, Marian Harkin, MEP and civil society organizations, Eva Hambach, President European Volunteer Centre). Moreover, the conference aims to exchange best practices from regional and local levels on attracting new volunteers and will point out gaps and problems in mobilizing volunteers.

With this initiative, we want to lay the foundation of a more structural cooperation and a platform of regional and local authorities and regional representations to the EU to deliver grassroots information to the European level.

Information and registration: EN - NL

EU Wide Patient Safety – A Roundtable to demonstrate ways of overcoming barriers to product adoption in healthcare using innovative application of mobility technologies

Tuesday 5 October 2010 - 14.30-17.00
Committee of the Regions,
99-101 Rue Belliard Brussels, room JDE60

Programme: pdf

The roundtable will provide the opportunity to profile newly or soon to be implemented commercial and pre-commercial products that demonstrate technology adoption. Companies will present best practices of the implementation of healthcare solutions applicable to the regional / EU government officials in attendance, and in turn government will be able to provide strategic policy direction. Topics of focus will be proposed, but may include standardized patient identification, or community workers and medical records access, for example. We will use inputs from participants to select specific best practices in medical technology including newly or soon to be implemented commercial and pre-commercial products that demonstrate technology adoption.

For more information and registration, please contact:

Sandro Pettineo
Tel: + 32 2 718 56 71

Robert Direnzo
Tel: +44 1256-484-487

"The Future of the Danube Area" - 3rd Danube Conference at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October 2010
Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg,
Rue Belliard, 60 - 62, 1040 Brussels


Two years on from the biggest public bail-out in history, the LOCAL URBAN DEVELOPMENT EUROPEAN NETWORK (LUDEN aka QeC-ERAN) invites you to our third OPEN DAYS OFF event.

Is the European experiment becoming more democratic? This is a moment of crisis for the EU project. The Lisbon Treaty was born out of a failing democratic system for Europe. It stemmed from the rejection by both French and Dutch voters of the European Constitution, the previous incarnation of the Lisbon Treaty. Turnout in EP elections has hit an all time low. In this context, the need to connect Europe to its citizens has become a key priority.

After your working day, come and INSTIGATE AND DEBATE. We offer you a convivial Café style debate followed by a party. The programme is as follows:

You can find a detailed programme of the Conference on 5th and 6th October, 2010, at

A Europe for Citizens: mere rhetoric or a realisable goal?

Wednesday 6 October 2010 - 18.00-24.00
Rue Doyen Boone 6,
1040 Etterbeek Bruxelles


In 2006 the government of the State of Baden-Württemberg, located in Germany’s south-west where the Danube has its source, gave a new impetus of a closer cooperation on EU level between states, regions and cities along the Danube on the EU level. The Member States, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions as well as the European Commission are in favour of a new EU Strategy for the Danube area. The strategy will be presented by the European Commission in December 2010 and is expected to be adopted by the European Council under the Hungarian Presidency in the first half of 2011. 

During the past few months the European Commission has invited citizens, stakeholders and scientists as well as local and regional authorities to participate in a public consultation on a new EUStrategy for the Danube area. One of the cornerstones in the decision making process at EU level from the point of view of the local and regional authorities was the adoption of the opinion issued by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) on the forthcoming Danube Strategy. Rapporteur of the CoR’s opinion was Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reinhart, Minister for Federal, European and International Affairs of Baden-Württemberg. The opinion was adopted by a vast majority during the CoR’s plenary session in October 2009. 

As in 2006 and 2008, the 3rd Danube Conference 2010 has been prepared by the State of Baden-Württemberg and the “Donaubüro Ulm” in cooperation with the Brussels Danube network. The Conference 5th and 6th October, 2010, will focus on the following issues: In which way could the new Strategy affect the future of the young generation in the Danube area? How could the effect of individual projects be expanded to the entire Danube area? The conference will start in the evening of 5th October with a reception at the Representation of Baden-Württemberg to the EU with high-level speakers and participants from the Danube area. A “Danube market” will show the variety as well as the ties within the Danube area with regards to society, cultural heritage and history. On 6th October high-level politicians and experts from the Danube area and the European Institutions will discuss in workshops subjects on “Environment, water and risk prevention”, “Improvement of Connectivity - energy and transport”, “Socio-economic development” and “Ukraine: Building strong regional links across the whole Danube basin”.

You can find a detailed programme of the Conference on 5th and 6th October, 2010, at

This is not an event for those wishing to simply listen. The INSTIGATE AND DEBATE approach is participative. The participants (you) are the most important ingredient in our menu.

We will of course be providing you with food and drink that will reflect the diversity of Europe. There will be no charge but in the spirit that we wish to create we encourage you to bring something (food or drink) to “put on the table” and create the informality we seek.

Please note the event is only open to 80 delegates and registration is compulsory. Please register by sending email to:

English and French will be the working languages for the debates