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European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 – Reporting Mini-Site launched!

European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 – Reporting Mini-Site launched!

(16 November 2016) With this pilot project, the organisers of the European Week of Regions and Cities (the European Commission's DG for Regional and Urban Policy and the European Committee of the Regions) are testing a new approach to online reporting. Twenty-one workshops from the European Week have been selected to become part of this website, which will be completed in December 2016. The classic 'book' of proceedings (a compendium of all workshops) will be available only in PDF this year, and if this pilot project is successful, there will be no further 'book' version as of 2017, either in print or PDF form. Instead, there will be a comprehensive report on a dedicated event reporting website.

Reporting Mini-Site

Check out, share and give your feedback on our mini-site – we look forward to hearing your thoughts! (COR-ewrc@cor.europa.eu)



The European Week is over – Now time to register to the MOOC!

The European Week is over – Now time to register to the MOOC!

(21 October 2016) The European Week is over, but learning on EU affairs continues with the Massive Open Online Course on EU funding! The European Committee of the Regions now launches its second MOOC for regional and local practitioners. This year's topic is the EU budget:  How does it work? How to access funding? What is the difference between EFSI and ESI Funds, what are the MFF and H2020? If you are interested in getting EU funding, and in the future post 2020 EU budget, then join the free online course and register now!

Co-created together with the European Investment Bank and the European Commission – Regional & Urban Policy and Budget – the course starts on 31 October and will bring you through an online six-week multimedia programme, with videos, factsheets, infographics and web-streamed live debates. You will have access to rich information from EU experts, academics, practitioners and regional and local authorities. Studying time is about two hours per week. The course material will remain available online until 31 July 2017. Completion of 80% of the course will give the right to a "certificate of achievement". Watch the trailer



Day 1

Day 1

(13 October 2016) Read our online daily report to get an impression of what happened on Monday. Browse our pictures from our gallery and share it on social media!

 





Winners of the Regiostars Awards 2016

Winners of the Regiostars Awards 2016

(11 October 2016) On Tuesday evening, the European Commission's yearly RegioStars Awards ceremony took place in Brussels, as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities.

This yearly EU-wide competition puts the spotlight on the most innovative and inspiring EU funded projects and illustrates, through concrete real-life examples, how Cohesion Policy supports the creation of economic growth and jobs.

In addition to bringing recognition to the selected projects, it aims at fostering the exchange of best practices between Cohesion Policy practitioners as well as inspiring other project managers and managing authorities.

Out of 104 applications, an independent expert jury first shortlisted 23 finalists.  In a second stage, five winning projects were selected to receive the prestigious RegioStars trophy from the hands of EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu and the RegioStars Jury President, MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij. In addition, this year, the project Circular Ocean received a “Public Choice Award”, based on the votes from attendees to the event.  

This year, the submitted projects competed in 5 categories: support to businesses operating in the global economy, social inclusion strategies, the circular economy, sustainable urban development and finally, a new category dedicated to projects looking at innovative solutions to manage EU funds more effectively. 

Regiostars albums on Flickr

Winners of Regiostars Awards 11E50 - EWRC Official reception and RegioStars Award Ceremony RegioSars Press Conference

The winners:

CATEGORY 1 -  SMART GROWTH: Emerging opportunities in the global economy
COPENHAGEN CLEANTECH CLUSTER (Denmark / Capital Region of Denmark): Project Fiche - Video

CATEGORY 2 - SUSTAINABLE GROWTH - Circular Economy
CENTRO BIO: BIO-INDUSTRIES, BIOREFINERIES AND BIOPRODUCTS (Portugal / Centro): Project Fiche - Video 

CATEGORY 3 - INCLUSIVE GROWTH: Integrated living – building inclusive and non-segregated communities
ACADEMY OF SOCIAL ECONOMY (Poland / Malopolska Region)  Project Fiche - Video

CATEGORY 4 – CITYSTAR: Sustainable urban development
REVITALIZATION OF LOWER TOWN DISTRICT IN GDANSK (Poland / Pomorskie Voivodeship) Project Fiche - Video

CATEGORY 5 - EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT: Making a difference by managing differently
TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE JONVABALIAI (FIREFLIES) (Lithuania) Project Fiche - Video 

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Follow the workshops on webstreaming

Follow the workshops on webstreaming

(11 October 2016) No time to move from one venue to another? Interesting workshops already fully booked? Check the list of web streamed workshops - and get virtual access to the room.



Opening session: Cohesion Policy investing in Europe's regions and cities

Opening session: Cohesion Policy investing in Europe's regions and cities

(11 October 2016) Over 800 representatives of local and regional authorities attended the opening session in the European Parliament with Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Corina Crețu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, and Anton Marcinčin, Plenipotentiary of the Slovak government for support of least developed regions. Discussions focused on cohesion policy at work, building upon experiences from the ground and expectations, as well as on the extent to which cities act as an engine for growth and jobs.

The opening event at the European Committee of the Regions closed the day with the Regiostars exhibition, featuring the finalists of the 5 award categories.

 



The 14th European Week of Regions and Cities starts today

The 14th European Week of Regions and Cities starts today

(10 October 2016) The 14th edition of Europe's regions and cities annual rendez-vous – the European Week of Regions and Cities – starts today 10 October at 14:30, with an opening session in the European Parliament. This will officially kick-off a programme of 130 workshops spread across some 30 Brussels-based venues. Over 5,000 attendees and 800 speakers are registered for this Brussels-based four day event on EU regional policy. You can follow the opening session "Cohesion Policy investing in Europe's regions and cities", on webstreaming (14:30-16:30).

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Cohesion policy in practice: regioWIN

Cohesion policy in practice: regioWIN

(07 October 2016) Project partners in Carinthia, Styria and Slovenia work together to establish a sustainable inter-company network for female entrepreneurs in peripheral regions. Cross border B2B events and meetings as well as training on legal aspects of cross-border cooperation, the target markets Slovenia and Austria and international markets as well as in communications, intercultural and soft skills for the entrepreneurial women in Austria and Slovenia contribute to the internationalisation of their companies and facilitate the access to new markets. regioWIN is an INTERREG Slovenia-Austria project.

 

In the run-up to the EWRC 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Cohesion policy in practice: Energised entrepreneurs!

Cohesion policy in practice: Energised entrepreneurs!

(06 October 2016) The Serious Impact project, supported by the ERDF, will offer a range of free programmes to energise entrepreneurs to develop and grow ‘impact ventures’. Through training, mentoring and workshops over a 3-month period the not-for-profit organisation Allia will support businesses across Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough. Serious Impact project website

 

In the run-up to the EWRC 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Cohesion policy in practice: Back into employment

Cohesion policy in practice: Back into employment

(05 October 2016) Funded through the ESF, the Community Connections North project has set up a network of local specialists to support organisations working to build confidence and improve skills of those looking to get back into employment. The programme will provide mentors and events to participants across West Norfolk and parts of East Cambridgeshire. Community Connections (North) project website

 

In the run-up to the EWRC 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Discover interregional cooperation projects and apply with your own

Discover interregional cooperation projects and apply with your own

(05 October 2016) Interreg Europe invites you to enter the world of interregional cooperation on research and innovation, SME competitiveness, low-carbon economy, and environment and resource efficiency. Visit the project websites and explore the policy learning and change taking place in each of the four themes. Get inspired and connect with the like-minded professional community of over 8000 people from all around Europe.  The next call for proposals is coming in 2017, so get your own project ready! And if you want to have a chat, please visit their stand during the European Week (11-12 October at the European Committee of the Regions, Atrium 5) or get in touch with them online #interregeurope.

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Cohesion policy in practice: SMART Lab and Smart production

Cohesion policy in practice: SMART Lab and Smart production

(04 October 2016) The University of Klagenfurt together with the University for Applied Sciences of Carinthia has installed 3D-printing laboratories where researchers, students and start-ups can test their ideas from concept to prototyping. This facilitates access to competence centres for all users in Carinthia and opens space to innovation. Building on the results of this project, research and innovation partners in the Austrian regions of Carinthia, Styria, Burgenland and Slovenia have now expanded their database of “smart factories” in order to increase the competitiveness of their innovative manufacturing SMEs in the areas of mechatronics, ICT, energy etc. Smart Lab is an INTERREG Slovenia-Austria project.

More on the website: www.fh-kaernten.at/smartlab  and  www.smartlab-carinthia.at

 

In the run-up to the EWRC 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



A mobile application for the European Week of Region and Cities

A mobile application for the European Week of Region and Cities

(04 October 2016) All participants, speakers, media and organisers attending the European Week of Region and Cities, once registered to at least one working session, will receive an invitation via email with personalized code to download, activate and use the mobile application.

This user-friendly online platform provides information about the full list of events – an important feature giving that no printed programme will be provided during the event – as well as the list of workshops you are registered to ('My Agenda'), venues information and floorplans for the main venues. It will entail a documents library and facilities for bookmarking and note taking.

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Cohesion policy in practice: Support to innovation by local business

Cohesion policy in practice: Support to innovation by local business

(03 October 2016) The University of Bedfordshire, Cranfield University and Central Bedfordshire Council are jointly running a programme to support innovation by local businesses. Through a mixture of free expert advice, access to research staff and expanding networks this ERDF-funded project has supported businesses to make the leap from concept to commercialisation. Innovation Bridge project website

 

In the run-up to the EWRC 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Registration closed

Registration closed

(03 October 2016) Online registration closed last Friday with a total of 4967 participants. Some 35% are coming from a regional or local administration and travel to Brussels specifically for the event.

Unfortunately, on-site registration is not possible this year due to security measures.

Have a look at the practical information page to know where to pick-up your badge. In case of questions please contact  the EWRC secretariat at:  contact@ewrc.eu.



Cohesion policy in practice: Support for SMEs in the field of renewable energy

Cohesion policy in practice: Support for SMEs in the field of renewable energy

(28 September 2016) The SCORE (Supply Chain innovation for Offshore Renewable Energy) programme will support SMEs in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk that are developing innovative technologies in the sector of renewable energy. Funded in part by the ERDF, a total £6 million will be available to companies to conduct research, commercialise innovation and other activities. SCORE Grant Funding project

 

In the run-up to the EWRC 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us



Cohesion policy in practice: Natural reserve as tourist destination

Cohesion policy in practice: Natural reserve as tourist destination

(27 September 2016) Territorial cooperation in the Spanish-Portuguese border area is helping to raise awareness of the environment in the Tagus International Nature Reserve and to promote it as a destination for tourism and culture. The project has developed strategies to make the most of the Reserve's natural, cultural and historical resources so as to contribute to social and economic development in the local area. More

In the run-up towards  the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016, we promote some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment enhancing Policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Cohesion policy in practice: Loans for Start Ups

Cohesion policy in practice: Loans for Start Ups

(26 September 2016) NWES is a supplier of ‘Start Up’ loans funded through the ERDF and UK government funding to offer loans of up to £25,000 to pre-start and start-up businesses in the East of England. With a typical fixed interest rate of 6.2% local businesses can take out a free loan for 1-5 years, kick-starting local entrepreneurship in the region. NWES: Start Up Loans project website

 

In the run-up to the EWRC 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us



Cohesion policy in practice: UNESCO global Geopark Karawanks

Cohesion policy in practice: UNESCO global Geopark Karawanks

(21 September 2016) Carinthia and Slovenia jointly manage a cross-border Geopark in the mountainous area of the Karawanks to ensure sustainable use and conservation of the rich natural resources and cultural heritage in the area: hiking trails and cycle paths between former volcanoes and glaciers, guided tours through caves and mines, historical and geological museums and local food farm products. The goal of the project “EUfutuR” is to further enhance this cooperation by building a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation. This is an INTERREG Slovenia-Austria project.

Project video     Project website

 

In the run-up to the EWRC 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Cohesion policy in practice: Improving SME competitiveness policies

Cohesion policy in practice: Improving SME competitiveness policies

(20 September 2016) The “ATM for SMEs” project is aiming at improving access to microfinance in the participating regions by sharing and exchanging local knowledge on innovative solutions. Nine regional partners from 8 European countries will prepare nine action plans in order to integrate and deploy good practices learnt from interregional cooperation within the identified regional or national policies. The influence of the project can be demonstrated by the generation of new projects – tackling enterprise development or improving access to local microfinance programs – and improved management of the policy instruments by adopting new approaches in the way calls are organized and assessment methodologies are developed. The project indicators show that the successful implementation of the project will influence 626 million EUR of Structural Funds related policies and 0,6 million EUR of other policies. More

In the run-up to the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Cohesion policy in practice: One-on-one training by innovation specialist

Cohesion policy in practice: One-on-one training by innovation specialist

(20 September 2016) Innovate2Succeed is a project run through Enterprise Europe Network in the East of England which will help companies in the region who want to ‘unlock their innovation management potential’. The project will provide an innovation specialist for one-on-one training to better access private finance, identify skills gaps and potential commercial partners.

Innovate2Succeed project website

 

In the run-up to the EWRC 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Cohesion policy in practice: Boosting agricultural research and development

Cohesion policy in practice: Boosting agricultural research and development

(15 September 2016) Improved facilities and infrastructure at Research Institute 'Finca La Orden-Valdesequera'  (part of the Centre for Scientific and Technological Research of Extremadura, ES) provide a boost for agricultural research and development, create jobs and strengthen ties with local companies and research centres. European funding has contributed to improving the socio-economic and environmental conditions of the Extremaduran countryside, and has also given it a new importance. More


In the run-up towards  the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016, we promote some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment enhancing Policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Cohesion policy in practice: Former school becomes modern youth hostel

Cohesion policy in practice: Former school becomes modern youth hostel

(14 September 2016) A 10-year old ruin and former girls‘ school in Halle (Saale), Saxony-Anhalt has been transformed into the modern youth hostel “Steintorschule”. Since Summer 2015 it is used by children on school trips, bikers and backpackers but also choirs or orchestras appreciate it as a low-cost alternative for their rehearsal weekends. Costs: 7.3 Million Euro, of which 973,000 Euro come from the ERDF.

Project website (in DE)

In the run-up to the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Cohesion as the main investment policy for EU's regions and cities

Cohesion as the main investment policy for EU's regions and cities

(13 September 2016) What are the synergies between financial instruments and grants? How can ESIF implementation be simplified? How to overcome the growing territorial disparities? And how to make cities better performing engines for growth and jobs? These are just some of the questions which will trigger animated debates between Members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and high-level panellists including Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Markku Markkula, President of the CoR and Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, Vice President of the European Parliament on 10 October. This opening session is already fully booked, but the event will be web streamed and can be followed via social media through the hashtag #EUWRC.

Details of the web streaming will be available on the website closer to the event.



Cohesion policy in practice: Green energies for public administrations

Cohesion policy in practice: Green energies for public administrations

(08 September 2016) Saving electricity costs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions is the main goal of Promoeener. The EU-funded project encourages municipalities and local councils to set up energy efficiency measures while using renewable sources of power. It focused on getting public administrations to use technologies harnessing local, natural resources such as geothermal, solar and biomass energies.

Promoeener website

In the run-up to the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Cohesion policy in practice: New urban services for citizens

Cohesion policy in practice: New urban services for citizens

(07 September 2016) Based in the city of Lyon, TUBÀ is a unique laboratory which experiments with new urban practices and services, building on public and private digital data taken from urban services, transports, energy or telecommunications. By gathering  stakeholders (enterprises, start-ups, labs and research clusters, end-users) in one central location, TUBÀ encourages innovation. It enables the incubation and development of innovative projects to improve the life of citizens in tomorrow’s intelligent cities. An ERDF-funded project with EUR 320 000 for 2016/2018.

TUBÀ website

In the run-up to the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 we are promoting some ESIF co-funded projects to draw attention to this investment-enhancing policy and how it is delivering. Want your project promoted? Contact us  



Europe in my region/city: local events in 28 countries

Europe in my region/city: local events in 28 countries

(10 August 2016) Each of the 187 regions and city participating in the 2016 European Week of Regions and Cities will hold at least one local event to bring Europe closer to citizens. Under the heading 'Europe in my region/city', there will be conferences, workshops, radio/TV broadcasts or exhibitions in 28 countries between September and November. Find out more via the local events interactive map.



187 snapshots of regional diversity - Take a tour!

187 snapshots of regional diversity - Take a tour!

(20 June 2016) 187 regions and cities have started their preparation for the European Week next October. Altogether, 24 EU Member States out of 28 are represented, with multiple regions from Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany and the UK joining in. Take a tour via our map of regional partnerships and discover different faces of Europe via the event's photos poster



Behind the scenes: getting ready for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016

Behind the scenes: getting ready for the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016

(20 May 2016) The European Commission (Regional Policy DG) and the European Committee of the Regions meet their event partners to prepare the key European event for regional policy practitioners taking place in October. On the menu: draft programme of the European Week and main highlights, communication and branding, media relations, and more.

Presentation pdf






European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 edition: Partners unveiled

European Week of Regions and Cities 2016 edition: Partners unveiled

(29 April 2016) 187 regions and cities from 28 countries, grouped in 22 regional partnerships, are joining forces to contribute to the European Week of Regions and Cities programme next October. Most represented countries amongst partner regions/cities include Italy and Spain, Poland, Germany and the UK and France. The majority of the 22 regional workshops will focus this year on 'sustained and sustainable economic growth' (Theme 1). In addition, 38 workshops will be held at the meeting place (organised by the European Committee of the Regions, other partner institutions, networks and associations) and about 65 set up by the European Commission. Online registration of participants will open on 8 July.

List of partners 2016 en pdf



Master Class for researchers: apply by 9 May!

Master Class for researchers: apply by 9 May!

(04 April 2016) The 14th European Week of Regions and Cities will this year again host a Master Class (9 and 13 October 2016 ) organised by the European Commission, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR), the Regional Studies Association (RSA), the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). Run as part of the University programme, the Master Class will welcome 30 young researchers in Brussels (Belgium) around the following three topics:

(1) Promoting inclusive growth and social cohesion, including the territorial dimension and the integration of urban and rural development;
(2) The significance of the network economy: policy learning; transfers between regions and cities; knowledge spill-overs;
(3) Improving the Cohesion policy delivery system: performance, simplification and accountability.

PhD students/early career researchers in regional and urban studies are invited to apply by 9 May.

You can find the Master Class programme here.

If you wish to apply please fill in the application form and send it to Daniela Carl at daniela.carl@regionalstudies.org by 9 May 2016 12pm.

If you have any questions please contact daniela.carl@regionalstudies.org



The deadline for applications is postponed to 8 April 2016! You have 10 more days to submit your proposal!

The deadline for applications is postponed to 8 April 2016! You have 10 more days to submit your proposal!

(30 March 2016) Remember: the overall slogan this year is "Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth"

You can select one of the following topics:

1) Sustained and sustainable economic growth

2) Inclusive economic growth

3) Making ESI Funds simpler

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.

Need help? You can contact us via the following email addresses: REGIO-ewrc@ec.europa.euCOR-ewrc@cor.europa.eu



We help you with your EWRC partner search

We help you with your EWRC partner search

(02 March 2016) Still looking for a regional partnership to join? Or for a partner to complete your regional partnership? Have a look at the results of our survey on who is still looking for allies to apply as regional partners to the European Week of Regions and Cities 2016, and contact the people you need.

#EUWRC



Local events 2015 - Proceedings published

Local events 2015 - Proceedings published

(08 February 2016) Out of the almost 200 local events organised from September to November 2015 as part of the 13th European Week of Regions and Cities, half of them reported back and are documented in these proceedings.  Altogether, the events attracted some 150.000 participants in 27 EU Member States and beyond. European, national and regional public authorities, representatives from financial and business sectors, NGOs, media, students and the civil society took part in these events. The trend showed an increased participation of academics and SMEs.

Local events 2015 - Proceedings



Time to get involved

Time to get involved

(29 January 2016) Secretary-General Jiří Buriánek (CoR) and Director-General Walter Deffaa (DG REGIO) officially kicked-off the preparation of 14th European Week of Regions and Cities. Under the headline ‘Regions and cities for sustainable and inclusive growth’, candidate partners have now until 1st April to submit their application.

Details about conditions of participation and contact details are featured in the European Week of Regions and Cities guide for event partners. For the application forms and overall timeline, please check our partners' section.

Kick-off presentation



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.