For the first time, this year’s OPEN DAYS will offer an international platform for exchange and debate on regional policy. In a special section, experts from third countries and international organisations will discuss the approaches of the EU and other world regions to enhanced regional convergence and competitiveness. Since May 2006, the European Commission’s Regional Policy DG has had a “structured dialogue on regional policy” in place with China, and since May 2007, a similar dialogue has been established with the Russian Federation. Both aim at promoting mutual understanding and information on issues such as policy development, implementation and governance. In this context, two seminars at the level of ministers and experts will be held with China on 8 October, and with Russia, China, Brazil and other interested regions, countries and international organisations on 9 October. Registration to the seminars below will be opened on 3 September through the registration website.
Second EU-China Regional Policy seminar
8 October 2007, 09.00-16.00, Charlemagne building
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Building on a first seminar held in May 2006 in China, this seminar will look at the issue of regional disparities in the EU and China, the impact and added-value of EU regional policy, recent experiences in regional policy in China, and trends and challenges ahead. In two workshops in the afternoon, classification and definition of regions, and multi-level governance and partnership arrangements in regional policy will be discussed.
Regional Policy in a global perspective
9 October 2007, 09.00-18.00, Charlemagne building
Part I: - Part II: - Part III: - Part IV:
Part V: - Part VI: - Part VII:
This seminar offers a platform for exchanges on regional policy in the light of the global challenges which EU and non-EU countries as well as international organisations face. Based on the existing co-operation agreements with China and Russia, representatives from Brazil and experts from other regions, countries, international organisations and the academic world are expected to discuss questions related to regional strategies and programming; innovation and regional development; capacity-building and governance; urban-rural development; sustainable development; and financial engineering. These will be discussed in parallel workshops following an opening session. The seminar will conclude with a final plenary session.
EU programmes for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and Ireland - lessons learnt and shared'
10 October 2007, 09.00-11.00, Charlemagne building
This seminar, organised by DG Regio and the Special EU Programmes Body, will demonstrate the lessons learnt from the experience in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland.
The European Union’s Programmes for Peace and Reconciliation played a pivotal role in helping the region to emerge from conflict and lay the foundation for a brighter future.