The OPEN DAYS is not a typical European institution-driven forum. It results from the cooperation between European institutions and regions and cities from all over Europe, as well as from contributions by companies, financial institutions, international associations and academic organisations.
Being an event partner includes respecting the rules of participation detailed in the OPEN DAYS information pack.
The organisers – These are the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Commission's Directorate-General for Regional Policy (DG REGIO). The organisers are responsible for the design, the structure and the overall programme. They ensure the overall coordination and communication with all partners. They also provide some infrastructure within the limits of their possibilities and they share the costs.
The EU Institutional partners – The European Parliament's Committee on Regional Policy and the Cypriot EU Presidency are being invited to participate. The European Commission Directorate-General for Communication is being requested to provide visibility, and, where possible, support for local events through its representations in the Member States and its information networks. Some other Commission Directorate-Generals are invited to take part in the programme as long as they contribute to the OPEN DAYS 2012 themes. In doing so, they are requested to liaise with the Regional Policy DG in order to highlight the links with EU regional and cohesion policy.
Regional partnerships – This year 169 regions and 50 cities are participating in the 10th edition of the OPEN DAYS, reaching an unprecedented number of 219 regional and urban partners. They are grouped in 24 regional partnerships (pdf), each of which organising a Brussels-based workshop during the event. In parallel, they will also hold events in their regions or cities, known as ‘local events’. Regional partnerships are responsible for their events in terms of content, organisation and costs.
Meeting Place event partners – This year, the Meeting Place will showcase projects from urban and rural community-led initiatives and present current and future possibilities to implement integrated local development strategies and networking at EU level. Meeting Place partners (pdf) will include: a/ The European Commission Directorates-Generals for Regional Policy, Employment, Climate, Agriculture/Rural Development and Maritime/Fisheries Policy, which will hold information seminars. b/ Project, individual regions and European networks and associations, which will be elaborating on local development through workshops and networking sessions. c/ The services and Political Groups of the Committee of the Regions, which will also be organising a series of seminars.
Third countries and international organisations – They are invited to contribute to a special series of workshops.