European Week of Regions and Cities 2019
The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.
The event was created in 2003 when the European Committee of the Regions invited Brussels-based local and regional representations to the European Union to open their doors to visitors simultaneously. One year later the European Commission's DG for Regional Policy also joined the adventure.
Developing from the initial concept, the event has become a European networking platform for experts in regional and local development. Exchange of good practice in economic development and social inclusion, cross-border cooperation, public-private partnerships, regional innovation and community-led local development have become some of its many topics.
Over the years, the event has grown into the key event on EU Regional Policy. It welcomes some 6.000 participants in October each year (local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts) for more than 100 workshops and debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities.
In addition to the Brussels-based workshops, local events are run from September to November all over Europe.
The emerging top three themes for 2019 edition are:
- The Future of the EU and the roles of Regions and Cities
- A Europe Closer to Citizens
- A greener Europe
Citizen-centric services by Digital Innovation Hubs: Innovative public services in cross-border regions
Tue, 8 October 2019, 14:30 - 16:00
Putting citizens first and involving them through co-creation when designing digital public services is a key opportunity to improve public services availability, quality and efficiency of cities and regions.
The objectives of this participatory lab are to:
- favour the exchange of best practices by showcasing projects that successfully developed interoperable citizen centric digital public services with the support of Digital Innovation Hubs;
- collect insights on the obstacles to seamless cross-border interactions in digital public services and how to overcome them;
- increase the awareness of the participants on the possibilities offered through the eGovernment policies of the European Commission, ISA² Programme, CEF building blocks, Interreg programme.
To learn more about this session, read the blog post by Cristina Cosma, Programme Manager at the Interoperability Unit, DG Informatics, European Commission.
JOINUP - the repository for open source IT solutions
Tue, 8 October 2019, 9:30 - 10:30
Joinup is a single-access point to almost 2,800 interoperability solutions for public administrations. We provide freely reusable software under an open source license and some support to help you set up your collaborative platform, with services similar to those of the Joinup platform.
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