Open Days 2011


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Programme at a glance

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Investing in Europe’s future: Regions and cities delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

Since 2003, the OPEN DAYS has become an annual key event at which cities and regions showcase their capacity for creating growth and jobs, implementing European Union cohesion policy, and prove 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 and networking 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.

OPEN DAYS 2011 will consist of about 100 sessions -  workshops and debates – exhibitions and networking opportunities for the about 6,000 participants coming to Brussels. OPEN DAYS is organised in partnership with regions and cities from all over Europe, and including contributions by companies, financial institutions and international associations and academic organisations.

Each event held in Brussels is to be classified according to the 2011 thematic priorities and a typology of events. The latter can either take the form of workshops or debates:

  • Workshops present either (a) information and offer training, in particular related to implementation of cohesion policy and the management of its financial instruments or (b) elaborate on experience and good practice and facilitate co-operation and networking with ample opportunity for contributions from the audience; not more than four speakers and one moderator will be accepted for each workshop.
  • Debates touch upon specific aspects involving a group of experts and a moderator while avoiding presentations and speeches and instead building on the expertise of an informed public; not more than six panellists and one moderator will be accepted for debates.