Since 2007, the OPEN DAYS offer an international platform for exchange and debate on regional policy. Experts from third countries and international organisations discuss the approaches of the EU and other world regions to enhanced regional convergence and competitiveness. The aim is to promote mutual understanding and information on issues such as policy development, implementation and governance.
The Contribution of Regional and Local Authorities to Economic Development - Ouagadougou - 26 / 27 November 2009
In the framework of the European Parliament pilot project 'Enhancing Regional and local co-operation through the promotion of EU Regional Policy on a global scale', DG REGIO organized, in collaboration with UEMOA (the West African Economic and Monetary Community) and FOGAR (the Forum of Global Associations of Regions) a seminar on "The Contribution of Regional and Local Authorities to Economic Development" on 26 and 27 November in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The conference brought together representatives from countries such as Brazil, Russia and China, as well as regional groupings such as Mercosur, UEMOA and the African Union that are seeking to achieve similar goals. A key issue for both the national and the supra national level is the organisation of systems of governance capable of implementing regional development policies. As well as examining the EU's experience in this field the conference looked at ways of sharing experience in cross border co-operation and the role of European regions in fostering direct partnerships with regions in the rest of the world.
The European experience over the last twenty years offers an instructive case for policy makers outside the EU, and the lessons learned from this experience can help them in broadening their agenda to address the implicit "asymmetries" of economic integration.
UN Agencies, WB, IMF, OECD, DG Relex and DG Dev came together to consider that it is not enough to cooperate with the sole State level and that cooperation has to associate understate levels of public authorities to promote development on the ground, at territorial stage.