In parallel to the OPEN DAYS official programme, a number of thematically related events are taking place in Brussels throughout the week. The registration process for these side events is entirely the responsibility of the respective event organiser.
The side events are listed in chronological order. Please click on the title for the extended information.
6 October 2014, 11:00-12:00
Organiser: The Local Federation of East Lapland & Salla Gate- Kolarctic ENPI CBC project
Venue: East and North Finland EU Office, avenue Palmerston 24, B-1000 Brussels
Finnish East Lapland, like many other border regions of the High North, has sparse population, harsh climate and long distances. This part of Europe is also specifically affected by high unemployment rate, and demographic change. In this specific context, the cooperation promoted by the EU, in particular ENPI CBC programme, is providing new and important scopes for action and development opportunities for the local communities living close to the EU’s external border.
The seminar contains two presentations. In the first one attention will be paid to the lobbying and development strategies of the region of East Lapland. The second one will focus on practical problems and show concrete results of the ENPI CBC between East Lapland and South Kola peninsula. This will allow to assess to what extent, in this particular case, the EU cooperation is providing a tangible opportunity to “think and work across” the current institutional framework.
Participation is free.The conference is open to participants representing regional or national authorities, ENI/ENPI-programme authorities and other stakeholders, scholars and students of cross-border studies.
Presentations will be made in English. Discussions in English, French and Finnish. No interpretation will be provided.
Registration (open until 1 October)
6 October 2014, 14:00-17:30
Organiser: Association Internationale Forêts Méditerranéennes (AIFM)
Venue: European Forestry House, rue du Luxembourg 66, B-1000 Brussels
As part of the MEDLAND 2020 project, 14 partners from 13 MED projects created a common Policy Brief, titled 'Solutions of innovative tools and solutions for an efficient, sustainable and smart conservation and management of natural resources in the Mediterranean'. This document has been prepared as an extension of the Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests to other natural areas of the Mediterranean, including agricultural and suburban territories.
The Conference will be an opportunity to present the Policy brief to anybody who has an interest in natural resources in the Mediterranean area, and in particular to stakeholders and policy makers of all levels (European, national and regional).
9 October 2014, 13:00-16:00
Organiser: INTERREG IVB NWE project SeNS – Seniors Network Support, LP OCMW Genk, Michel Bortels
Venue:RIZIV/INAMI Building, Avenue de Tervueren, n°211 / Tervurenlaan 211, 1150 Brussels
The SeNS final conference will highlight the importance of social networks, co-creation and the potential of the social capital of seniors. After presenting major project results, SeNS is proud to give the floor to key note speaker Anne-Sophie Parent, (AGE Platform) who will discuss the aforementioned topics and pertinent related issues and present the AFE-INNOVNET EU-funded project. Finally a panel (a.o. Professor Dominique Verté, SeNS representative) will discuss the value and need of social networks, the importance of co-creation, the potential of social capital and the (future) role of local, regional, national and European stakeholders.
Contact: Daniel Zerweck, +49 (0)176 62515841, email@example.com
7th October 2013, 11:30 – 14:40
Organisers: Microsoft Corporation, Central & Eastern Europe Headquarters
Venue: Microsoft Executive Briefing Center for European Innovation, Avenue des Nerviens 85, 1040 Brussels
Today, cities account for more than 50 percent of the world's population and produce 80 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP). They also face extreme pressure to modernize infrastructure and provide more services to citizens while coping with economic austerity and dwindling financial resources.
This is an opportunity and a challenge at the same time for governments, local & regional administration and potential beneficiaries of EU funds. The key question is how to empower people to transform their cities and their future for healthier, greener, and more prosperous communities. Organizers of this meeting are hoping to facilitate the discussion being run currently by numerous stakeholders and exemplify some best practices to learn from.
(October, 7-8th, 2 sessions with same agenda for both days)
Invitation as well as registration will be run through the email address: MSFTCityNextLaunch@apcoworldwide.com
8th October 2013, 8:45-17:00
Organisers: Energy Cities
Venue Management Centre Europe, 118 rue de l’Aqueduc, 1000 Brussels
The event gives insight into the importance and usefulness of the national Covenant of Mayors Clubs, their main benefits and achievements. Relevant feedback from the ground on the Covenant implementation at national level will be presented and discussed via an open dialogue among Covenant Club representatives, Covenant Supporters, local authorities, European Commission, Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, Joint Research Centre and Covenant of Mayors Office. Recommendations from the local level will also be addressed.
Speakers and participants will have the opportunity to reflect and debate on future steps in the development of Covenant of Mayors at European, national and local level.
8th October 2013, 9:30-13:00
Organisers: Les Rencontres: Association of European cities and regions for culture
Venue Salle des Milices, Brussels Town Hall, Grand Place, 1000 Brussels
We will hold two roundtables on two different topics:
a. Local and regional authorities and their cultural policies for social cohesion -a leverage for inclusive growth
b. Smart growth - Cities and Regions integrating cultural and creative industries into development strategies
Our roundtables offer the oppurtunity to explore elements of sustainability in cultural policies;
job creation in the cultural field , the inclusion of physically or mentally enabled people in Culture or from low-income or not-educated people
Our speakers will be experts from various and relevant academic, political and cultural backgrounds and the roundtables will be open to the public.
The spoken language will be English.
Registration is compulsory. Please register online.
8th October 2013, 12:00-15:00
Organisers: Amsterdam and BrabantStad
Venue: Regio Randstad Office, Rue de Trèves 59-61, Brussels
Within the metropolitan areas the distinction between urban, peri-urban and rural areas seems to be fading. The city, metropolitan area and the peri-urban area are interdependent, with a common goal: to create and maintain a sustainable, competitive and attractive region for citizens and businesses. Food is an excellent example to demonstrate the linkages between the territories: the production and consumption of food connects urban, rural and peri-urban areas and highlights their interdependence. The debaters are among others representatives of METREX , EUROCITIES, PURPLE, AEIAR, CEMR, representatives of the European projects Pure Hubs and URMA and representatives of the European Commission and OECD.
8th October 2013, 13:30 – 14:30
Organisers: EStIF Journal
Venue Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 99-101, Atrium 6 (6th floor), 1000 Brussels
EStIF is a quality journal for stakeholders involved in the management and control of EU Funds on European and national level. EStIF offers a hands-on expertise platform for structural policy and shall encourage exchanges of knowledge between European institutions and Member States in the field of EU Funds. With our highly qualified Editorial Board we ensure that our readers get the best possible information and best-practice updates.
Visit us, receive the first EStIF issue for free and share with us topics you would like to read about and write on. We would be delighted to discuss with you the details of how you can publish in EStIF.
Our future authors, partners and interested readers – we very much look forward to get to know you!
8th October 2013, 14:30-18:00
Organisers: Apulia Region – InnovaPuglia
Venue: Apulia Region, Rue du Trône 62, 1050 Bruxelles
Regional governments across Europe are identifying assets upon which to build their 2014-2020 Research&Innovation strategies. The policy-framework for innovation has evolved significantly, drawing on regional experiences in user-driven-innovation such as LivingLabs and opening-up to a broader view that includes social and technical-innovation. Regions are thus focusing on the peculiar-features of their ‘territorial-capital’ as a key-factor for their competitiveness in the broader-European and global-markets in a ‘place-based’ approach-to-innovation.
This workshop brings together experiences at different levels-of-governance, (national, regional ERDF-Ops, Territorial-Cooperation financial instruments) addressing the on-going work in strategic and capitalization initiatives of several regions and drawing conclusions on relevance to specific strategies and potential for inter-regional-cooperation.
8th October 2013, 16:30 – 19:00
Organisers: Support Structure for Strategic Impact and Learning/Swedish ESF Council
Venue The Brussels Office of the Stockholm Region, Avenue Marnix 28, 1000 Brussels
Key note: Ms Margareta Winberg, Chairwoman, UN Women, Sweden, former deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Equal Opportunities.
Key issues: the outcome of gender mainstreaming in Structural Funds projects; experiences from strategic projects; white spots on the EU map – representation in political assemblies as well as industry management level – quota.
Expert panel: Ms Manuela Gelang European Commission Ms Malin Björk Policy Advisor, Women’s rights and Gender equality, GUE/NGL, European Parliament, Ms Renate Wielpütz FrauenComputerZentrumBerlin and Gender Coop. Refreshments served after seminar.
Registration (before the 8th October)
8th October 2013, 17:30 – 19:00
Organisers: Bratislava Region and Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
Venue Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU, Av. Cortenberg 79, 1000 Brussels
A main challenge for Bratislava Region in terms of suburbanisation is a massive and uncontrolled growth of areas on the fringes of the capital city. Communities where many residents don’t have strong social links and where people are less likely to get involved in community orientated activities tend to be places with lower levels of resident wellbeing. The municipality of Cunovo is a good example responding to our challenge. Moreover, in Cunovo lives a significant very active Croatian minority. During the event we will show the documentary and also the exhibition of photographs mapping life and activities of the Croatian community in Cunovo.
Registration (until 7th October)
9th October 2013, 09:00 – 13:45
Organisers: REN and REE (Portuguese and Spanish Transmission System Operators)
Venue: Spanish REPER in Brussels, Boulevard du Régent 52, 1000 Brussels
This event intends to debate:
9th October 2013, 9:00 to 16:00
Organisers: ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability (on behalf of DG Regional and Urban Policy)
Venue: Borchette Conference Centre (room 0D – all day) (rooms 0B, 0C – afternoon sessions)
This event will target all European local authorities and networks with an interest in integrated urban development. It will focus on the RFSC tool which is designed for cities and can be extremely valuable in helping enhance their work on integrated sustainable urban development (a crucial aspect of the Commission's proposals for the future period). The morning will consist of high-level speeches (Commissioner Hahn; French Minister etc.) and expert input followed by an interactive panel discussion. The afternoon will focus on good practice and peer exchange between cities and multipliers interested in the RFSC initiative.
Interpretation in various languages will ensure active participation.
9th October 2013, 10:00
Organisers: Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme – AAL JP
Venue: Rue du Luxembourg, 3, Brussels, AAL Association
This event will foster the debate on the involvement of regions and their interest in deploying ICT solutions for active and healthy ageing, which is the sector in which the AAL JP operates. Europe is ageing fast and this is an opportunity for growth and regional policies.
We aim at involving regions and municipalities participating in AAL JP projects; the European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing; and regional networks (CoRal, Brainport Eindhoven Region, ERRIN) who will present how they see the innovation possibilities of AAL JP in contributing to Active & Healthy Ageing at regional level.
9th October 2013, 10:00-16:30
Organisers: North-East Regional Development Agency Romania – Brussels Representation Office Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency
Venue: russels Representation Office of North-East Regional Development Agency, Rue Van Orley no. 5-11 3rd Floor, 1000 Brussels
The event envisages to present and to promote the investments supported by REGIO Programme in North-East Region and Bucharest-Ilfov Region from Romania from 2007 to 2013.
During the event, local perspectives of the impact given by the investments will be offered by local elected representatives of the most important communities in these 2 regions: Iasi, Suceava, Bucharest and Botosani.
In the presence of the members of the European Commission and European Parliament the topic of investment & future programming period 2014-2020 will be discussed.
Translation to English and Romanian provided.
Registration will be done by mail to the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Details required for registration: Name, institution represented, country, telephone number and email address to be able to contact the person if any changes appear.)
9th October 2013, 10:00-13:00
Organisers: Brainport Eindhoven EU Office / City of Eindhoven (NL)
Venue: Eurocities Headquarters, Luxembourg Room, Square de Meeûs 1, B-1000 Brussels
The COGITA project (INTERREG IVC) organises its Political Forum on Socially Responsible and Sustainable Public Procurement (SSPP). The impact of PP on the market is significant, representing 17% of the GDP of European Member States. For many years, money was the only significant indicator. However, public authorities recently started analyzing how to use PP to promote responsible growth.
New SSPP strategies integrate environmental, social and economic criteria into the purchasing process. The means of designing, implementing and monitoring functional strategies are not simple. This open exchange considers various cases, analyzing their strengths and limitations, expected to lead to improved strategies.
9th October 2013, 11:30 – 12:30
Organisers: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme -- UN-Habitat
Venue: Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union, Rue Belliard 41-43
Launch of the report The State of European Cities in Transition, an overview of the urban trends, conditions and opportunities of 23 post-sovietic countries. Most of these countries entered in haste the transformation of their centrally-planned economies into market-based systems. This led to sudden decentralization, privatization and rapid urban change. Today, these countries are required to address the emerging urban agenda of the EU as exemplified by the Leipzig Charter and the debate over territorial cohesion. This session is a starting ground for the OPEN DAYS Workshop “Cities in former centrally-planned economies: challenges and solutions” of Wednesday 9th October afternoon.
Registration via mail
9th October 2013, 12:30 – 14:30
Organisers: Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) & City of Lappeenranta
Venue Stanhope Hotel, conference room Wellington, Rue du Commerce 9, 1000 Brussels
The aim of this event is to present and discuss opportunities for strengthening of EU – Russia cooperation in the area of Energy efficiency and Cleantech through innovation approaches as a driver for the future global modernisation.;
The new level in technologies and business models requires additional skills and abilities to sustain and perform during next stage of economic development. For this purpose the 4th EU-Russia Innovation Forum is to be held on June 4-6, 2014 Lappeenranta, Finland. ;
The lunch debate will provide an opportunity to discuss and network among the participants supporting synergy and collaboration.
Website Registration and contact
9th October 2013, 11:15 – 13:00
Organisers: Project SMS in Norway and Sweden with partners from the cities Gothenburg, Halmstad, Kristiansand, Fredrikstad and Vest-Agder County Council
Venue: Norway House, Rue Archimède 17 1st floor, 1000 Brussels
How do we create socially sustainable cities where residents can have a good and healthy lifestyle? How can we further everyday integration/social inclusion?
The Interreg-project SMS has developed tools to ensure that social perspectives, including public health and culture, alongside economic and ecological perspectives, are given a role in all city planning.
Partners in SMS are from Sweden and Norway.Presentations will be given in English. Free lunch will be served.
9th October 2013, 14:00-18:00
Organisers: Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation (CZELO)
Venue: Helmholtz Meeting Room, Rue du Trône 98 (6th floor), B-1050 Brussels
Europe 2020 flagship initiative Innovation Union recognized social innovation as "an important new field which should be nurtured". In line with this the workshop will present recent outcomes of macro-region Visegrad Group countries project helping elderly people to succeed in labour markets and exploring the use of results across Europe (Bohemia EU Planners).
The workshop will also showcase social innovation at workplace by CEO of SME Novitech (Košice Region, Slovakia) and telemedicine for benefit of citizens by Czech National eHealth Centre (Olomouc Region, Czech Republic). The future of social innovation policy will be presented by representatives of DG ENTR (EC).
9th October 2013, 16:30-19:00
Organisers: Skåne European Office
Venue Skåne European Office, Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Brussels
Region Skåne, together with the Capital Region Denmark and Region Själland have a collaboration agreement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The aim of this seminar is two-fold. Firstly it focuses on benefits with third country collaboration in research projects and explores ways for third country participation in Horizon 2020. Secondly it highlights the benefits of cooperation agreements by presenting the best practice example of an integrated care pathway achieved through collaboration with Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, Mass. The seminar is followed by a networking reception with drinks and snacks.
Registration via mail
9th October 2013, 17:00-20:00
Organisers: Council of Ministers
Venue:A 3 G-3 hall (European Parliament)
This event will target all European national and local authorities and networks with an interest in sustainable urban development. It will focus on the development of cities and regions in Bulgaria that have significantly changed their landscape for the past seven years since the beginning of the Bulgarian membership in EU. In an interactive manner, during the event will be introduced the plans how these achievements can be upgraded in the next programming period. The event will include a rich folklore program and national cuisine.
9th October 2013, 18:00-22:00
Organisers: LUDEN (Local Urban Development European Network)
Venue: Foyer Européen-European Trainees Residence 17 rue Traversiere- B- 1210 Brussels
Growing inequality, work restructuring, unemployment, environmental degradation are creating higher levels of ill health. The mainstream response has been the over-prescribing of medicines, which some experts say in Europe is becoming "chronic”. This is good for the corporate pharmaceutical sector but not necessarily good for our wellbeing. The EU 2020 strategy recognizes the need for innovation in addressing health needs, especially in relation to demographic ageing.
Our café style workshop (with music, food and drink) will have input from practitioners from the EU Institute for Protection of Natural Health on how you can develop personal wellbeing without popping pills.
10th October 2013, 09:00 – 12:00
Organiser: European Chemical Regions Network (ECRN)
Venue: Vleva Avenue Cortenbergh /Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussel
In a climate of economic uncertainty and rising environmental and climate concerns, the concept of green growth is becoming increasingly important in addressing these complex and inter-connected challenges.
This event aims at showcasing different regional strategies and initiatives on green growth, ranging from projects on green chemistry to more general activities on bio-economy. We will also explore the potential of green growth to foster innovation and competitiveness. Moreover, we will discuss how European funding and smart specialisation strategies can be leveraged to support regional efforts and encourage cross-regional collaboration and partnerships in this domain.
10th October 2013, 09:00 – 13:00
Organiser: Swansea University, UK
Venue: Welsh Higher Education Brussels, Wales House, Rond-Point Schuman 11, B-1040 Brussels
The transition to a sustainable, bio-based economy is a major challenge facing Europe. In the bio-based economy, biomass replaces non-renewable resources for the sustainable production of fuels, energy, materials and products.
This workshop will explore how cross-border cooperation can help develop such an economy by:
Organised by the INTERREG IVB NWE-funded projects EnAlgae, BioenNW, ARBOR and Bio Base NWE.
10th October 2013, 10:00-13:00
Organisers: Stockholm Region EU Office
VenueStockholm Region EU Office, Avenue Marnix 28, 1000 Brussels
EXPAT-project in co-operation with Stockholm Region EU office invite you to the Seminar “Pulling resources together: exchange of best practice in talent retention for Europe” to be held in the Stockholm Region EU Office on 10th October, in connection with the OPEN DAYS 2013.
The Seminar aims to highlight the increasing mobility of talents in the world which is a decisive factor for the success of Europe´s economy.
The main objective of the Seminar is therefore to discuss the importance of human capital flowing between the European regions and practical social innovation solutions to retain local talents and at the same time attract new ones.
RegistrationDeadline for registration is 3rd October.