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Event's proceedings available

Event's proceedings available

(14 January 2016) The Proceedings of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2015 are now available. The publication is a compendium of most of the OPEN DAYS' workshops held in Brussels last October. It also provides an overall analysis of the event and of its media coverage, and unveils some of the plans for the next edition in 2016. Hard Copies can be picked up at the Committee of the Regions' and at DG REGIO's Info Points as of February.



Preparation for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 kicks-off

Preparation for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 kicks-off

(08 January 2016) The European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) invite representatives from regional offices, associations and EU institutions to the event's first preparatory meeting on Friday 29th January. Director-General Walter Deffaa (DG REGIO) and Secretary-General Jiří Buriánek (CoR) will look together into lessons learnt from the 2015 edition and themes for 2016. DG REGIO and the CoR will present other events planned for 2016. The meeting can be followed live on the Internet between 11:00 and 12:30 CET.



The OPEN DAYS continues locally – tweet and share your event!

The OPEN DAYS continues locally – tweet and share your event!

(20 October 2015) With nearly 80 000 participants and 200 local events taking place all over Europe, using social media is a great way to let people know what is taking place at your event during the EU OPEN DAYS. It also offers everyone involved a good way to promote their work.

Follow @EU_CoR and @EU_Regional & use #EUOpenDays. Tweet event dates, pictures & anything else related to the OPEN DAYS. If you mention us (@EU_CoR and @EU_Regional), we are more likely to re-tweet you giving you event more visibility! And post a picture or information about your local event on the Committee of the Regions Facebook page.

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Workshop report and pictures: the deadline is Friday 30 October

Workshop report and pictures: the deadline is Friday 30 October

(20 October 2015) To keep the wealth of knowledge gained through the OPEN DAYS 2015, we will now be collecting the OPEN DAYS workshops' reports for us to prepare the 'OPEN DAYS Proceedings'. Workshop organisers are therefore kindly asked to send their report, using the dedicated OPEN DAYS proceedings' template, and applying the OPEN DAYS Style Guide, to ConclusionsOD@cor.europa.eu. In addition, we would also need three high resolution pictures (at least 300 dpi) of the workshop, indicating the workshop codes and possibly the surnames of the speakers, ordered from left to right. These pictures, which will illustrate your report page, should also be sent to: conclusionsOD@cor.europa.eu.

Deadline is Friday 30 October 2015. Please indicate, for all email correspondence, the code of your workshop in the email heading.

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Check out the networking ideas market

Check out the networking ideas market

(20 October 2015) A real ideas market created during the OPEN DAYS interactive thematic networking sessions, facilitated by the Interreg Europe programme, is now transformed into a virtual one. Check it out and find good ideas for your region here.



6000 participants at the 13th European Week of Regions and Cities

6000 participants at the 13th European Week of Regions and Cities

(20 October 2015) The curtain has come down on the OPEN DAYS 2015. Final registration statistics confirm the attendance of about 6000 (5924) participants, 16% of whom registered on-site. This represents an increase of about 5% comparing to 2014.

About two out of three participants came from local, regional, national or EU administrations and three out of four travelled to Brussels specifically for the event. This confirms the same trends as last year.

Workshop rooms were fully booked, and a number of 24 side events offered a variety of options to fill eventual empty slots in the participants' programmes.

Watch most of this year's presentations on the Library section of the OPEN DAYS website, as well as our event's summary video.

Rendez-vous next year, 10 to 13 October, in Brussels for another enriching OPEN DAYS experience!



Thank you for your participation! Now your feedback is important to us

Thank you for your participation! Now your feedback is important to us

(16 October 2015) Thanks to your cooperation and participation, the European Week of Regions and Cities proved this year again successful. Let us now keep the momentum and still strive for further improvement! We invite you to fill in our online evaluation survey until 30 October 2015. Based on your feedback, we can fine-tune the quality of the overall event together. A summary of evaluation results will also feature in the OPEN DAYS Proceedings, which will be published by the end of the year.

Evaluation by participants

Evaluation by Speakers and Chairpersons

Evaluation by partners

Evaluation by Journalists

Master Class 

Local Events



Urban practitioners met during the OPEN urban DAY

Urban practitioners met during the OPEN urban DAY

(15 October 2015) More than 1300 participants attended the OPEN urban DAY! A networking evening concluded a successful day devoted to urban issues, which allowed urban experts to talk, debate and meet in the Brussels 'canal area'.

While some on-site registrations were possible for workshops, the project visits were completely full: learning in the environment was much appreciated! Financial instruments for cities was one of the highlights with 270 followers of a dedicated workshop on this topic. Thank you to all workshop organisers and speakers for making the OPEN urban DAY a rewarding experience!



Joint REGI-COTER meeting

Joint REGI-COTER meeting

(14 October 2015) Under the motto "Investing in partnership: how to best use the reformed Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 for creating growth and jobs in Europe's regions" the CoR's COTER commission and the European Parliament's REGI committee jointly met to discuss Cohesion Policy implementation with Commissioner Creţu.

The importance of the principles of partnership and multilevel governance as a prerequisite for successful implementation of Cohesion policy programmes, the necessity of further simplifying rules and reducing the administrative burden of beneficiaries and public authorities, and the need for a greater flexibility in order to allow cities and regions to mobilise regional policy in dealing with the refugees crisis were highlighted by REGI and COTER members during the discussion.

REGI and COTER members also agreed to join forces and to work closely together towards the EU Urban Agenda and the envisaged Pact of Amsterdam, in order to accelerate the setting and implementation of an EU Urban Agenda, while reinforcing the role of the regions and cities in the EU legislative process.

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OPEN DAYS participants will be interviewed!

OPEN DAYS participants will be interviewed!

(14 October 2015) On 14th and 15th some of you will be interviewed by our 'evaluation team'. Indeed, this year, in addition to the on-line survey, it has been decided to gather more in-depth and qualitative information from the participants. The idea is to carry out one-to-one interviews with the participants in the premises of the European Committee of the Regions. Please reserve a warm welcome to OPEN DAYS interviewers!

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OPEN DAYS official reception and REGIOSTARS awards

OPEN DAYS official reception and REGIOSTARS awards

(14 October 2015) The official ceremony of the OPEN DAYS in Bozar on the evening of 13th October gathered more than 1500 participants. They had the chance to applaud the winners of the RegioStars Awards 2015 which honour Europe's most inspirational and innovative regional projects.

Previous to the Award Ceremony the RegioStars Awards Jury, presided by MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij, had singled out 17 finalists from 143 applications in the areas of SME growth, energy, efficiency, social inclusion and urban development. The projects, all supported by EU cohesion policy funds, were evaluated on the basis of four key criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnership.

"Scandinavian Game developers", a project between Västsverige (Sweden) and Midtjylland (Denmark); "PICSA" in Andalucia (Spain), "Diritti a Scuola" in Puglia (Italy) and "Eurocity Chaves-Verin", a cross-border project between Galicia (Spain) and the North of Portugal were the four winners of the night, each taking home a prestigious RegioStars Awards trophy.

RegioStars Awards - Pictures of the ceremony

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RegioStars Awards 2015 honours Europe's most innovative regional projects

RegioStars Awards 2015 honours Europe's most innovative regional projects

(13 October 2015) Europe's most inspiring and innovating projects supported by Cohesion Policy funds will be at centre stage tonight during the 2015 RegioStars Awards ceremony. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu and RegioStars jury president MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij will announce the winning projects, chosen amongst 17 finalists in the following categories:

  • Smart Growth – Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy;
  • Sustainable Growth – Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society;
  • Inclusive Growth – Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion;
  • CityStar – Transforming cities for future challenges.
The winners include a project between Västsverige (Sweden) and Midtjylland (Denmark), a project in Andalucía (Spain), one in Puglia (Italy), and a cross border project between Galicia (Spain) and the North of Portugal.

Speaking ahead of the event, Commissioner Creţu said, "I hope the regions and cities of Europe will be inspired by the winners of tonight. These are exemplary projects in SME support, energy efficiency, social inclusion, and urban development. I wish to see many successful projects like this in the coming years; we should not forget that our policy will be judged on its ability to deliver growth and create jobs."

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility said: "I wish to congratulate the winning projects. The RegioStar Awards show that integrating those at risk of social exclusion in society is at the forefront of the European inclusive growth strategy. It also shows that the European Social Fund is a key instrument to help people into employment or out of poverty and social exclusion. I hope that we will see more examples of such good practices in the future." 

In this 8th edition of the RegioStars Awards, the European Commission received
143 applications which were evaluated by an independent professional jury on the basis of four criteria: innovation, impact, sustainability and partnerships.

The 2015 awards event comes at a crucial time as Member States have adopted most of the Operational Programmes. With a budget of €351.8 billion for a total of 387 programmes for the period 2014-2020, Cohesion Policy is one of the EU's main investment policies.

The RegioStars 2015 Awards Ceremony takes place at the "BOZAR" in Brussels in the context of the 2015 OPEN DAYS event.

The winners of 2015 are: 

SMART GROWTH: Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy.

- "Scandinavian Game Developers" – Midtjylland (DK) and Västsverige (SE)

The project offers advice and training to young entrepreneurs in the Scandinavian digital gaming industry and helps them establish viable companies in a highly competitive business environment. The business incubator in Grenå (Denmark) uses a business model developed by the Swedish partner-university of Skövde, and has seen the creation of 22 new small companies, currently employing 67 persons.

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society

- PICSA – Andalucia (Spain)

The Sustainable Construction Programme in Andalucía has invested in the energy renovation of buildings and the rehabilitation of urban areas, boosting the competitiveness of the construction sector and the creation of skilled employment. Not only has it made the region's construction sector greener and helped create jobs, one of its main goals is also to educate the public on the importance of energy efficient and sustainable construction. The project has achieved energy savings of 26.000 tons/year, has avoided the emission of 62.000 tons of CO2 and is expected to create thousands of jobs in the coming years. 

INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion

- "Diritti a scuola" – Puglia (Italy)

Based on a mixed approach of education and social care, this project significantly reduced early school leaving in the region. The project provided counselling, educational guidance and intercultural mediation, benefiting both students and their families. The percentage of 15 year old students with limited reading capacities was reduced to 16.7% in 2012, which is below the national target of 20 %. At the same time, the early school-leaving rate decreased from 30.3% in 2003 to 19.9% in 2013. In total, over 50,000 students and 10,000 families benefitted from the programme which gave them a new chance at a bright future. 

“CityStar” – Transforming cities for future challenges

"Eurocity of Chaves-Verin" Galicia (Spain) and North Portugal (Portugal)

The cities of Chaves and Verín joined forces to create a "Eurocity" through a common offer of municipal services and facilities, including joint cultural events, commerce, sports, leisure and tourism activities and the promotion of entrepreneurship. The project demonstrates that institutional, economic, social, cultural integration of two cross-border cities is possible and brings real benefits in terms of cost-saving, higher efficiency and a more diverse offer in municipal services for its citizens.

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OPEN DAYS kick-off in pictures

OPEN DAYS kick-off in pictures

(13 October 2015) Visit the OPEN DAYS Flickr account to discover the best pictures from yesterday's OPEN DAYS 2015 opening session.

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OPEN DAYS opening session: investment, innovation and implementation of the EU Structural and Investment Funds at local level

OPEN DAYS opening session: investment, innovation and implementation of the EU Structural and Investment Funds at local level

(13 October 2015) Welcomed by Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy and Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, some 700 people attended the OPEN DAYS 2015 opening session, with the key speeches from Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, who announced the Seal of Excellence approach to foster synergies between the EU research programme and Cohesion policy. Three academic interventions also addressed challenges for EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and its move towards smart regional specialisation strategies and "smart implementation" of the policy.  NAO, the robot developed in the frame of ERDF-funded project "JULIET", was the special guest of this innovative opening session.

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OPEN DAYS Master Class has started!

OPEN DAYS Master Class has started!

(13 October 2015) The OPEN DAYS Master Class on EU cohesion policy started yesterday with 24 selected participants from 15 different countries. During the four-day class the young scientists, Phd students and early career researchers will meet with high-level EU officials and professors of regional and urban studies from all over the EU to discuss issues related to policy implementation and applied research.

On Monday, following a city walk to discover urban planning in Brussels, research projects of the participants were presented, and finally attend the Opening Session on a "smart EU cohesion policy".

The OPEN DAYS Master Class is organised by the European Commission's Regional and Urban Policy DG, the European Committee of the Regions and the Regional Studies Associations for the third time. In 2015, the European Regional Science Association and the Association of European Schools of Planning joined the initiative.

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Check out the 3 winning entries of the 2015 edition of the Europe in My Region photo competition!

Check out the 3 winning entries of the 2015 edition of the Europe in My Region photo competition!

(13 October 2015) The 4th edition of the photo competition “Europe in my Region” organised on the European Commission’s Facebook page during the summer has seen the participation of a record number of 33 countries participating: 26 EU Member States and 7 pre-accession countries submitted more than 500 photos. Participants had to submit a photo of an EU co-funded project with evidence of the EU support on the photo. An independent jury of photographers and social media experts has chosen the 3 (equal) winners: 

The winners are: 

Małgorzata Podstawa, from Krakow, Poland who artistically depicted the modernisation of the Grajcarka's riverside in Szczawnica (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, ERDF)  Europe in my Region - Małgorzata Podstawa

 

Mr Tomaž Varlec, from Dobrova, Slovenia. Tomaz works in the project "LIFE Stop CyanoBloom " to stop cyanobacterial blooms, inter alia in Lake Bled. Europe in my Region - Tomaž Varlec

 

Mr. Paraskevas Grigorakis, from Thessaloniki, Greece, who photographed the restauration of a school in the city centre of his home town Thessaloniki (co-funded by the ERDF). Europe in my Region - Paraskevas Grigorakis

 

Congratulations to the 3 winners who were awarded during the Open Days!



New Seal of Excellence to increase quality of regional research funding

New Seal of Excellence to increase quality of regional research funding

(12 October 2015) The Commission is today launching a new initiative to ensure that taxpayer money is spent efficiently by improving the synergies between EU funding for regional policy and for research.

The new "Seal of Excellence" scheme will allow regions to recognise the quality label awarded to promising project proposals submitted under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme and promote their access to different funding sources like the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and other national or regional investment programmes.

Commissioners Corina Creţu, responsible for Regional Policy and Carlos Moedas, responsible for Research, Science and Innovation launched the initiative today at the OPEN DAYS - Week of European Regions and Cities.

Commissioner Corina Creţu said: "For 2014-2020, €100 billion worth of investments from the European Regional Development Fund will foster research and innovation, including over €32 billion earmarked to support SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs, the main drivers of innovation in Europe. The Seal of Excellence will help identify and support innovative projects and help them grow and compete internationally."

Commissioner Carlos Moedas said: "EU regions are already a major investor in quality research and innovation in Europe. Through the Seal of Excellence they can benefit from the world class Horizon 2020 evaluation system to easily identify the best projects in their regions to support with their funds".


Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions said: "Thanks to the Seal of Excellence regions and cities can include in their innovation and investment plans outstanding SMEs projects that comply with their growth objectives and priorities. This is also why the European Committee of the Regions and the Commission will establish a Knowledge Exchange Platform for local and regional authorities, boosting synergies between Horizon 2020 and the European Structural and Investment Funds".

The "Seal of Excellence" quality label will be awarded to promising projects submitted under Horizon 2020 which could not secure funding due to budgetary constraints but received high assessment scores in the demanding and independent evaluation process. In its pilot phase, the "Seal of Excellence" will first be given to proposals by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) submitted under the SME instrument of Horizon 2020. The action could then be extended to cover more areas of Horizon 2020.

The 'Seal of Excellence' initiative is a concrete example of the Commission's broader commitment to maximise the impact of EU investments in research and innovation by improving synergies between Horizon 2020, the European Structural and Investment Funds and other EU programmes such as COSME and Erasmus+. This was also stipulated by President Juncker in his State of the Union speech on 9 September.

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Reminder: Access badges and security checks

Reminder: Access badges and security checks

(12 October 2015) As announced last week, be aware that before you attend any seminar you will have to pick up your personalised OPEN DAYS badge at the European Commission Charlemagne building or at the European Committee of the Regions BEL or KBC buildings (please check the practical information on our website for locations and opening time).

The badge will give you access to all workshop venues. Registered participants without access badges will not be able to access European institutions' buildings. Moreover, we advise you to be at your workshop venue at least 30 minutes ahead to allow for the necessary security checks. Access to the Charlemagne building for the Opening session might even take longer.

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OPEN DAYS kick-off

OPEN DAYS kick-off

(12 October 2015) The 13th edition of the OPEN DAYS - European Week of Regions and Cities starts today 12 October at 15:00, with the traditional Opening Session in the Charlemagne building. This will officially kick-off a programme of 140 workshops spread across 30 Brussels-based venues. Some 6,000 participants and 600 speakers are expected to visit the Brussels-based four day event. You can follow the Opening session via webstream.

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EPRS offers its expertise for the OPEN DAYS workshops

EPRS offers its expertise for the OPEN DAYS workshops

(09 October 2015) For the first time, the European Parliamentary Research Service has offered its expertise for the workshops of the OPEN DAYS. It has put together a special compendium of briefings to tie in with the main themes of the 2015 event, from an introduction to the structural funds, to the local and regional dimension of the Energy Union, from the SME support in EU regions to the EU Rural Development Policy, you can read all these briefings and more on the EPRS blog, dedicated post for the OPEN DAYS.



Can EU Cohesion Policy reduce regional divides while boosting innovation?

Can EU Cohesion Policy reduce regional divides while boosting innovation?

(09 October 2015) Commissioner Creţu and President Markkula kick off 2015 OPEN DAYS

The 13th OPEN DAYS European Week of Regions and Cities, co-hosted by the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions, will gather in Brussels some 6,000 EU, national, regional and local leaders, funds' managers as well as final beneficiaries to discuss challenges and opportunities of mobilising funding for bottom-up growth projects from the more than €350 billion of EU Cohesion Policy funding available. A high-level debate on Monday 12 October "A smart EU Cohesion Policy" will open the programme.

The European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu and the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), Markku Markkula, together with European Commissioner for Innovation and Research, Carlos Moedas, will kick off on Monday this year's EU Open Days focusing on building synergies between EU investments in research and innovation. After the opening session, representatives from local to EU levels, together with experts and policy practitioners, will take part in some 150 workshops and debates scheduled until 15 October 2015.

Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “Every year the OPEN DAYS bring together all the stakeholders involved in the implementation of Cohesion Policy, thus providing a great opportunity for networking and sharing best practices. This year, building on our reformed policy for 2014-2020, debates and exchanges will very much focus on how EU funds can best contribute to delivering on the European goals of growth and jobs”. 

Around 6,000 participants have already registered to listen to and discuss with more than 700 qualified speakers. Workshops, debates and networking activities - organised in partnership with 177 regions and cities from 30 countries, 11 Directorates-General of the European Commission as well as several networks and associations - will focus on three main priorities: 

  • Modernising Europe: The regions in the Energy Union and the single digital market;
  • Regions open for business: Development of SMEs, innovation and job creation;
  • Places and spaces: Urban and rural development, urban-rural integration. 
A press round-table with Commissioner Creţu and President Markkula will be held ahead of the opening on Monday 12 at 13.15 at the CoR (JDE 62). For all press activities please check the media programme.



Print your tailored programme of workshops!

Print your tailored programme of workshops!

(06 October 2015) In the course of the week the OPEN DAYS secretariat will send all participants a personalised programme, listing all the workshops to which they have been accepted. This document includes a personalised barcode. We strongly advise you to print and bring this tailored programme as this will ease the badge delivery process once in Brussels.

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Networking opportunities at your fingertips!

Networking opportunities at your fingertips!

(06 October 2015) This year again the OPEN DAYS will bring together thousands of stakeholders - and what better way to network and learn from each other than meeting face-to-face? That is why we would like to present the OPEN DAYS Networking Platform & App. The OPEN DAYS Networking Platform & App allow you to set up appointments with your peers! Download the app "OpenDays Networking" or visit www.opendaysnetworking.eu and create a profile, which will allow you to connect to other participants.

Several Networking Meeting Points will be set up for you at the Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB, Rue Froissart 36) and the Committee of the Regions (Rue Belliard 99-101). Once your appointment has been confirmed by your counterpart, you will receive a confirmation of the exact meeting point and timing. For more information or questions, please contact the Networking Help Desk networking@opendays.eu.

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OPEN urban DAY: you can still register!

OPEN urban DAY: you can still register!

(06 October 2015) Did you miss the opportunity to register for the OPEN urban DAY workshops? Come directly to the Brussels "canal area", at the KBC or BEL building, and register for workshops with remaining seats. You will meet practitioners, officials and experts from all over Europe during interactive workshops dealing with various urban topics as such co-creation in urban space, sustainable integrated urban development, green infrastructures, circular economy, green businesses....

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Registration closed

Registration closed

(29 September 2015) Online registration closed yesterday with a total of 5124 participants. Some 37% are coming from a regional or local administration and travel to Brussels specifically for the event. You have missed the deadline? On-site registration is still possible for the remaining 7% of seats. Have a look at the practical information pageto know where to register on-site.



OPEN DAYS 2015 – Be part of it!

OPEN DAYS 2015 – Be part of it!

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Europe in my Region photo competition winners to be announced during OpenDays 2015

Europe in my Region photo competition winners to be announced during OpenDays 2015

(15 September 2015) 550 eligible photos from 33 countries were uploaded during this year's Europe in My Region photo competition.

The first 100 photos which have received the most votes, alongside a set of  “wildcard” photos, will go through to the jury selection

The jury - composed by three photography and social media experts - will pick the three winning photos based on the aesthetic quality, creativity and relevance to the competition theme.

The winners of the competition will be announced during OpenDays 2015.

Have a look at the photo gallery:
https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission/app_386310531430573?ref=ts

#EUmyRegion



OPEN DAYS are coming to your home – be part of it!

OPEN DAYS are coming to your home – be part of it!

(01 September 2015) Between 1 September and 30 November 2015, the 13th European Week of Regions and Cities-OPEN DAYS will be rolled-out across Europe.

The European Week of Regions and Cities will be accompanied by around 200 local events held in 31 European countries, organised by the 177 OPEN DAYS partner regions and cities, border regions participating in the European Cooperation Dayand other partners.

Themes and formats range from a conference held in Assen, the Netherlands, on support to small and medium-sized enterprises on 23 September, to a seminar on energy efficiency in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 24 November. Find out more via a clickable map indicating all events or by searching the events held in your country through country factsheets (in the country’s language and English).

Website: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/opendays/od2015/local_events.cfm

Video trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSjiQU5eTZ0



OPEN DAYS goes urban! Full programme

OPEN DAYS goes urban! Full programme

(21 August 2015) Interested in the urban dimension of EU policies? Join the OPEN urban DAY on 14 October 2015! A series of events will be organised in the Brussels "Canal Area", an ambitious urban renewal project, to facilitate international exchanges on urban development. In line with the EU's urban agenda, practitioners, officials and experts from all over Europe will participate in interactive workshops dealing with various urban topics as such: financial instruments for cities, smart solutions for citizens, green businesses incubators, new urban economies... Visits to urban projects will reveal concrete examples of how urban revitalization happens in Brussels.

Flip through the interactive programme and register soon, as places are limited!



OPEN DAYS 2015: Register now!

OPEN DAYS 2015: Register now!

(10 July 2015) You can now discover over 100 Brussels-based seminars organised as part of the 13th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities – OPEN DAYS 2015. Browse through the programme, choose your workshop(s) and register online!



OPEN DAYS promotional material available

OPEN DAYS promotional material available

(26 June 2015) The OPEN DAYS 2015 regional partnerships photos and map posters are now available at the European Committee of the Regions. Come and pick up your free OPEN DAYS posters from the Jacques Delors building entrance hall (rue Belliard 101, B1040 Brussels). Regional partners can also download the local events trailer from the local events section to advertise for their upcoming event. In case you are not a partner, but wish to become one, there is still time to join and organise a local event in your region / city. Please check the "become a partner" section.



OPEN DAYS first partners' meeting

OPEN DAYS first partners' meeting

(19 May 2015) OPEN DAYS partners gathered on 19 May 2015 in Brussels for a first coordination meeting with the event's co-organisers: the European Commission's Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy and the European Committee of the Regions. The aim was to inform about the state of play and to exchange views on the way ahead in the preparations.

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The OPEN DAYS goes urban

The OPEN DAYS goes urban

(18 May 2015) On 14 October 2015, a series of OPEN DAYS events will be organised under the heading "OPEN Urban DAY". Some 500 practitioners, officials and experts from all over Europe will use the Brussels' canal area as a conference centre. Different interactive workshops on various urban topics await the participants, as well as the possibility to visit some interesting projects.

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Regions and cities ready for the OPEN DAYS 2015

Regions and cities ready for the OPEN DAYS 2015

(21 April 2015) Around 180 regions and cities from 30 countries are joining forces with the European Commission, the European Committee of the Regions and other partner institutions, networks and associations to finalise the programme of over 100 Brussels-based workshops and debates, taking place from 12-15 October 2015. Online registration of participants will open on 8 July.

List of partners



OPEN DAYS Master Class: Apply by 5 May

OPEN DAYS Master Class: Apply by 5 May

(30 March 2015) PhD students/early career researchers undertaking research related to European Cohesion Policy are invited to apply for the OPEN DAYS Master Class by 5 May. Run as part of  the OPEN DAYS University programme, the Master Class will welcome 30 young researchers in Brussels, Belgium, in the framework of the 13th European Week of Regions and Cities (12-15 October).

Read the selection criteria and apply via the Regional Studies Association website.



OPEN DAYS 2015 branding guidelines ready

OPEN DAYS 2015 branding guidelines ready

(27 March 2015) The visual identity of the OPEN DAYS 2015 is ready. Partners and organisers will find the rules for a coherent and integrated event's communication in the OPEN DAYS 2015 branding guidelines: branding image, colour references, typography, insertion of logos, etc. Generic, i.e. not year-related branding rules are detailed in the OPEN DAYS generic branding guidelines (brand and logo, colour scheme, etc.) as well as in the OPEN DAYS style guide (writing rules).



OPEN DAYS work in progress!

OPEN DAYS work in progress!

(24 March 2015) The deadline for submission of proposals is approaching: only 3 days left!

Discover our new online submission system for the EC and OD University workshops on this page : Become a partner



OPEN DAYS 2015: only two weeks left to submit your proposal!
The deadline for applications is 27 March 2015!

OPEN DAYS 2015: only two weeks left to submit your proposal! <br>The deadline for applications is 27 March 2015!

(13 March 2015) Remember: the overall slogan this year is 'Europe's Regions and Cities: Partners for investment and growth'.

You can select one of the following topics:


1) Modernising Europe: The regions in the Energy Union and the Single Digital Market;

2) Regions open for business: SME development, innovation and job creation;

3) Places and spaces: Urban and rural development, urban-rural integration.


Details about conditions of participation can be found in the guide for event partners. For application forms and overall timeline, please check the partners' section.



Europe in my Region/City - call for expression of interest

Europe in my Region/City - call for expression of interest

(09 March 2015) About to propose local events in connection with your OPEN DAYS 2015 Regional Partnership application? Or think of becoming an individual local event organiser? The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) could offer organisational and communication support given an active participation of CoR Members. Cooperation will be decided on a case by case evaluation of proposals. It would build on mutual agreement on the concept, cost sharing, coherent branding and media outreach, as well as a joint evaluation and documentation.

Please notify your expression of interest by 27 March to localevents-opendays@cor.europa.eu

More information about the OPEN DAYS local events can be found in the presentation leaflet.

Please help us disseminate this call for proposals through your network!



RegioStars Awards 2015 – deadline for applications extended!

RegioStars Awards 2015 – deadline for applications extended!

(05 March 2015) In order to allow everyone to submit their RegioStars Awards application on time, the deadline for submission of applications has been extended to March 15th at midnight.

As in previous years, this edition of the RegioStars Awards will be putting the spotlight on the most inspiring and innovative European projects co-funded by the EU's Cohesion policy.

After being selected by an independent jury, project managers and representatives of the Managing Authorities of finalist projects will be invited to attend the RegioStars 2015 Awards Ceremony, which will take place during the 2015 Week of European Regions and Cities (OPEN DAYS).

A trophy and a "RegioStars Winner certificate" will be presented to the winning projects by EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu and the President of the RegioStars Awards jury. A short video is also produced on each winning project, which can be used for promotional purposes.

The Award Categories for 2015 are:

1. SMART GROWTH: Unleashing SME growth potential for a digital economy

2. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH: Mobilizing investments in energy efficiency for the benefit of citizens and society

3. INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Integrating in society those at risk of social exclusion

4. CITYSTAR: Transforming cities for future challenges

Further information on how to apply, including the guide for applicants, the application file as well as the eligibility and awards criteria, can be found on the RegioStars website.

Application forms can be filled in English, French or German. The selected finalists will be informed by the end of May 2015. The Award ceremony itself will take place in Brussels during the OPEN DAYS on 13 October 2015. 

If you have any other questions contact us at regio-stars@ec.europa.eu .

Download the applicants guide in English, French or German.

Download the application form in English, French or German.



We help you with your OPEN DAYS partner search

We help you with your OPEN DAYS partner search

(02 March 2015) Still looking for a regional partnership to join? Or for a partner to complete your regional partnership? Have a look at the results of last week's survey on who is still looking for allies to apply as regional partners to the OPEN DAYS 2015, and contact the people you need.



More than 100 000 people went for local events in 2014

More than 100 000 people went for local events in 2014

(30 January 2015) In 2014, the OPEN DAYS branded 340 local events, of which 120 under the heading of the European Cooperation Day (ECD - 21 September 2014). 129 are documented in the local events proceedings, involving 27 EU Member States. Foreign speakers were still very much involved in many events, including those of the EU institutions. This year, some 45 mayors (or vice-mayors) and over 40 regional or national ministers were again listed as speakers showing the engagement of local and regional politicians. 

Questions/suggestions (mettre le lien mail des local events: localevents-opendays@cor.europa.eu)

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Vote for the OPEN DAYS!

Vote for the OPEN DAYS!

(28 January 2015) visit.brussels, Brussels-Capital Region's communications agency for tourism, rewards the best initiatives that contributed to the reputation of Brussels. Vote for the OPEN DAYS 2014 as the main Brussels' international congress in 2014! Deadline: 25/02/2015



OPEN DAYS 2015: time to get involved

OPEN DAYS 2015: time to get involved

(21 January 2015) Secretary-General Jiří Buriánek (CoR) and Director-General Walter Deffaa (DG REGIO) officially kicked-off the preparation of 13th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities. Candidate partners have now until 27 March to send their application forms. Overall slogan this year is 'Europe's Regions and Cities: Partners for investment and growth', revealing the reformed Cohesion Policyas the EU's principle investment tool for delivering the Europe 2020 goals. Details about conditions of participation and contact details are featured in the OPEN DAYS guide for event partners. For the application forms and overall timeline, please check our partners' section.

Kick-off presentation
Kick-off event photos



OPEN DAYS 2015: Kick off on 21 January

OPEN DAYS 2015: Kick off on 21 January

(19 January 2015) The Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) will kick off the preparation of the OPEN DAYS 2015 on 21 January, 14:30-16:00. CoR Secretary-General Jiří Buriánek and DG REGIO Director-General Walter Deffaa will look together into the lessons learnt from the 2014 edition and present the themes for 2015. Both institutions will also unveil other events planned in 2015. The meeting will be held at the Committee of the Regions (rue Belliard 99-101, B1040 Brussels) and webstreamed. Interested? View the meeting agenda and register by 20 January, 17:00.



OPEN DAYS 2014: Proceedings published

OPEN DAYS 2014: Proceedings published

(06 January 2015) The Proceedings of the 12th European Week of Regions and Cities are now available. The publication is a compendium of most of the OPEN DAYS' Brussels-based workshops held in 2014. It also provides an overall analysis of the event and of its media coverage, and unveils some of the plans for the next edition of the OPEN DAYS in 2015.



OPEN DAYS: Where people and ideas meet

OPEN DAYS: Where people and ideas meet

(01 December 2014) How does it feel to be part of the European Week of Regions and Cities? What's going on? What's in it for me? Follow a regular participant throughout the OPEN DAYS programme, and get a flavour of what your Brussels experience could be next October 2015. Watch the video