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The OPEN DAYS is not a usual EU-driven fair. Its organisation and programming is based on a genuine cooperation between various types of actors, including numerous partnerships with regions and cities from all over Europe, and contributions by companies, financial institutions, international associations and academic organisations.
There are six categories of event partners:
- The organisers - The OPEN DAYS Organisers are the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Commission's Directorate-General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO). They are responsible for the design, the structure and the overall programme of the event, the coordination of its preparation and the communication with all partners. The organisers provide certain infrastructure within the limits of their possibilities and they share the costs.
- The EU Institutional partners - As during previous events, cooperation with the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Policy (REGI) will be continued. The Polish Presidency will also be offered involvement in the OPEN DAYS 2011. The European Commission Directorate-General for Communication will be requested to give visibility, and, where possible, support to the local events through its representations in the Member States and its information networks. Some other Commission Directorate-Generals will be invited to take part in the programme as long as they contribute to the OPEN DAYS 2011 themes. In doing so, they are requested to liaise with DG REGIO in order to highlight the links with EU regional and cohesion policy.
- Third countries and international organisations - They will be invited by the organisers to contribute to a special series of workshops or debates under the priority 'Geography matters'.
- Regional partnerships - The organisers invite regions and cities to set up regional partnerships and organise Brussels'-based events, as well as events in their regions or cities (local events). Regional partnerships are responsible for their events in terms of content, organisation and costs.
- Meeting Place event partners - Companies, financial institutions, European associations as well as individual regions and cities can become event partners in the Meeting Place, provided they organise Meeting Place sessions (see further details in the information pack - chapter 2.5).
- Independent partners - Independent partners regroup the local partners involved in the organisation of local events but are not part of a regional partnership (i.e. individual members of the Committee of the Regions, the European Parliament and national or regional parliaments, mayors, local organisations such as chambers of commerce, Europe Direct Info Centres, public institutions, as well as schools and universities).
206 regions and cities from 27 Member States and eight third countries will take part in OPEN DAYS 2011. Organised in 23 regional partnerships, they will contribute with 24 workshops to the complete programme of more than 100 seminars taking place during the OPEN DAYS between 10 and 13 October. In addition, the Committee of the Regions will host some 35 workshops in the framework of the Meeting Place, most of which focusing on public-private partnerships.
List of OPEN DAYS Regional Partnerships
List of Meeting Place partners
Applications to participate as a partner in the OPEN DAYS 2011 are closed.
The OPEN DAYS 2011