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Registration is now open for the ‘Regions for Economic Change’ conference to be held 23-24 June in Brussels. This year’s conference is entitled ‘Fostering smart and sustainable growth in cities and regions’. The workshops will pay particular attention to the question of smart specialisation and its implications for regional development. The Commission will use this event to launch the ‘smart specialisation platform’ to help regions develop their strategies in this field and take stock of their needs and strong points.
On 23 June, the Commission will reveal the RegioStars 2011 winners, awarding Europe’s most innovative projects having benefited from European regional policy support.
The ‘Regions for Economic Change’ initiative was launched in 2006 and aims to promote the exchange of good practices. It looks to present new approaches to stimulating regional and urban networks by helping them work in close cooperation with the Commission and experiment with innovative ideas. The goal is to then ensure the rapid transfer of these ideas into cohesion policy programmes. The initiative includes communication activities such as a website, a database of case studies and the RegioStars awards.