Located in the headquarters of the Committee of the Regions, the Meeting Place is a location where participants can meet informally, network, make contacts and develop new or existing partnerships. It is also a central place where a large part of the OPEN DAYS workshops, 36 to be precise, are taking place.
This year the Meeting Place concentrates on community-led local development (CLLD). The topic allows discussion about projects at grass-root level, exchange of best practices and hands-on experience throughout Europe's regions and cities. CLLD is a strong feature in the post-2013 package with the objective to facilitate the implementation of integrated local development strategies and the formation of local action groups (LAG), based on the experience of the LEADER ('Liaison entre actions de développement rural') approach.
Out of the 36 Meeting Place workshops, 16 have a CLLD focus. This will offer a discussion platform for local and regional authorities interested in exploring the potential of CLLD and the bottom-up approach in the new financial framework 2014-2020. Participants and workshops organisers will:
A large part of the Meeting Place workshops have a networking session, which follows immediately after the workshop. This will allow the workshop organiser and the participants to continue the discussions in a more informal forum.
How to register
On-line registration for participation in OPEN DAYS workshops is open from 9 July onwards. Participants can register for the more than 100 OPEN DAYS workshops – including the 36 Meeting Place events.
How to identify CLLD specific workshops
Each OPEN DAYS workshop has a unique code, which you can find in the list of CLLD workshops. This code enables you to locate the workshop in the on-line programme – simply enter the code in the search option, and then proceed to register.
As in previous years, the Meeting Place, in addition to the workshops and networking sessions, also features the Meeting Place Café, VIP rooms for bilateral meetings, the OPEN DAYS Media Centre (including a TV studio) and a dedicated area for larger receptions.