Open Days 2011

Local Events' News

Our EU in 2020, when we are 25 years old

(07 December 2011) The General Council of the Eure, under the chairmanship of M. Jean Louis DESTANS, member of the Committee of the Regions and President of the General Council, organised from 3 to 15 November 2011 a call for projects and an exhibition on the topic: "Our EU in 2020, when we are 25 years old". The aim was to highlight the influences of European Union in the everyday life of young Eurois. Four schools applied and the college of Conches-en-Ouche won the 1st prize with their very nice video clip which you will find enclosed.

From the European Group of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) to Macro-regional Strategies

(24 November 2011) The Regional Minister for Culture, Sport, International and European Relations of the autonomous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia organises a conference entitled: From the European Group of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) to Macro-regional Strategies which will take place on Tuesday, 29th of November 2011 from 9.30 to 13.30 in Gorizia (IT) at the Conference Centre, via Alviano n.18 – Gorizia University Pole.

Starting from territorial cooperation initiatives seen from the European integration perspective and from the opportunities offered by the legal instrument of “EGTC” and the related proposal of changing that instrument, the event will be an occasion to analyse different aspects of territorial cooperation focusing on macro-regional strategies, and in particular, on the prospects offered by the Adriatic-Ionian macro region.

Invitation

High level local event to take place in Potenza from 30 November to 2 December

Abitare il Futuro(22 November 2011) Representatives and major stakeholders of the institutional, productive and social sectors of South Italy will be debating a wide range of topics together with representatives of the European Institutions. The event, organized by the Provinces of Potenza and Matera and by the Union of Italian Provinces, in cooperation with UPI-TECLA Europa and UPI Basilicata, will feature, moreover, the participation of one of the world’s biggest experts on environmental sustainability and green economy, the American economist Jeremy Rifkin, who will take give a lecture at the University of Basilicata.

Invitation

Local Events 2011

In an effort to get the messages of the OPEN DAYS closer to the citizens, each participating region and city is requested to organise at least one local event on their home ground to be held between September and November 2011 under the label and graphical chart "Europe in my region/city".

Alongside the Brussels seminars and workshops organised for the OPEN DAYS 2011 European Week of Regions and cities, more than 250 local events "Europe in my region/city" are planned to take place all over the European Union and beyond (including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey). Most events are scheduled in Italy, France, Spain and Poland.

The vast majority of local events (215) will be organised by partner regions and cities, while the rest (39) are held by European associations, European networks, universities and specialised agencies. Most events take the format of seminars, workshops and roundtables and focus on the theme Europe 2020.

Throughout September, October and November, participants from European, national, and regional public entities, financial and business representatives, NGOs, media, students and the general public are expected to attend the events organised by the local and regional partners of the OPEN DAYS, and others mounted by European organisations and universities.

All data related to these various local events will now be treated. Country leaflets will be produced in English and in the national language(s) and an interactive map will be produced and posted on the website towards the end of August 2011.

Concept for local events: format and themes

Local events can take various formats such as conferences, seminars, exhibitions, workshops, round tables, debates, congresses, information days, fora, youth debating competitions, TV/radio broadcasts, press conferences, festivals, cultural/sport events, etc. and target the general public, potential beneficiaries of European regional policy, expert audiences, academics and the media.

All local events should be clearly linked to the OPEN DAYS thematic priorities: Europe 2020, Better delivery and Geography matters. Local events can also be organised in conjunction with the launch of European regional policy's projects or in the framework of annual information actions which are required by the Structural Funds' regulations. 

For further information on the "local events" concept and purpose, please download the PowerPoint Presentation "Europe in my region / city"

Networking & local events

Local event partners are invited to subscribe to the local events' online discussion group set up on the RegioNetwork2020 platform to facilitate networking among local event organisers. In parallel, for the local events themselves, organisers are asked to install web-based discussion ahead of the events in order to stimulate discussion among the participants before and after the conferences and seminars.

Moreover, both types of local events organisers (regional partners or independent ones) are encouraged to co-operate closely with the European Commission's representations/ delegations and its communication networks, such as the 'Europe Direct' offices in their respective countries/regions. In addition, special efforts should be made in order to raise awareness among the regional and local media and invite members of the Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament as well as local and regional politicians to participate in the events.

Local organisers are encouraged to contact their local Europe Direct Centres and EU Documentation Centres for support of their local events, but also to facilitate the participation of speakers from the EU institutions, the use of audiovisual facilities (for press/video conferences), help raise greater visibility to the event and attract media attention.

886 EUROPE DIRECT CENTERS & EU DOCUMENTATION CENTERS

http://ec.europa.eu/europedirect/visit_us/index_en.htm

Austria

19

 

Germany

112

 

Netherlands

23

Belgium

22

 

Greece

30

 

Poland

44

Bulgaria

24

 

Hungary

30

 

Portugal

34

Cyprus

3

 

Ireland

13

 

Romania

45

Czech Republic

16

 

Italy

100

 

Slovakia

14

Denmark

11

 

Latvia

10

 

Slovenia

8

Estonia

11

 

Lithuania

12

 

Spain

84

Finland

32

 

Luxembourg

2

 

Sweden

28

France

101

 

Malta

3

 

United Kingdom

55

Resources

Local events' handbook
Candidates for the OPEN DAYS 2011 local events can now download the local event handbook in three languages - French pdf, German pdf and English pdf - or request a paper copy.

Local events 2010 Proceedings pdf
This publication entails the conclusions of last year's local events workshops.