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  • EU-China Regional Innovation Joint Study


    The Asia section of the European Union’s International Urban Cooperation programme  has just published a major EU-China Regional Innovation Joint Study . The study, a collaboration between Chinese and European experts, compares the European and Chinese approaches to regional (sub-national) innovation processes including an analysis of six sub-national case studies in China and the EU, respectively. The study confirms that both the EU and China recognize the key role of innovation

    IUC-North America Region - Final report


    The IUC North America Region (IUC-NA) has published a final report chronicling its achievements and results as well as reflections from participating cities; the program concludes this month with a flurry of virtual results presentations highlighting more than three years of activities. Across the world, the rate of urbanisation is increasing at a rapid pace. As the areas in which the majority of people live and work, cities are increasingly acknowledged as the arena in which solutions to major

    Week of Regions and Cities registration is now open


    Despite the difficulties generated by the COVID 19 pandemic, the #EURegionsWeek 2020 will offer to participants more than 500 digital working sessions to discover over three consecutive weeks in October, from 5-22 October, covering various topics along the thematic priorities Empowering Citizens; Cohesion and Cooperation; and Green Europe. Due to the security measures and sanitary situation caused by the pandemic, this year will be the first ever fully digital EURegionsWeek: all working session

    EU-China cities discuss the management of COVID-19


    On 9 April 2020, a second video conference was held under the city-to-city component of the EU’s International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC). Participating IUC cities from the EU were Mannheim, Stuttgart, Barcelona, Granada, Nice, Bologna, Rome and Greater Manchester together with Liuzhou (Guangxi Province) in China. The theme of the conference was the current COVID-19 pandemic and how city authorities can contain and mitigate its impact and prepare for eventual recovery.  Located

    IUC brings EU and Asia together to discuss health crisis


    On Friday 27 March 2020, the EU’s International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC) decided to bring together 66 experts from cities in Europe and Asia via video-conference for what is expected to be the first of many, ground-breaking exchanges of views on fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic. Cities represented were Guangzhou (China), Gwangju (South Korea), Jakarta (Indonesia), Mannheim, Stuttgart, Barcelona, Granada, Nice, Rome and Bologna.  The discussion focused on the many, v

    EU International Urban Cooperation programme is expanding and reinforcing with cities and regions worldwide


    10 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  The European Commission has decided to expand and reinforce its programme on International Urban Cooperation (IUC) for sustainable urban development. At least 148 cities from EU and non-EU countries in America, Asia and Australasia will join cooperation actions that are currently under way between 155 cities around the world. This decision was announced by European Commissioner Elisa Ferreira during the 10th World Urban Forum that is

    Panorama 71: Neighbours join forces to face global challenges


    The ENI CBC community comprises hundreds of thousands of people working across the EU’s external borders, Europeans and non-Europeans alike, working together to boost activities, stimulate economic growth and to transfer knowledge. From DG NEAR to DG REGIO, the plan is to further strengthen the cooperation on the EU’s external borders, developed under Neighbourhood Policy and Cohesion Policy. On the ground, it is still about building trust and connections among people living on the

    EU-Japan Clusters and Regions/Prefectures Cooperation Event on 27-29 April 2020


    The European Commission, the EU Japan Regional Cooperation Helpdesk and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation jointly organise the EU-Japan Clusters and Regions/Prefectures Cooperation Event on 27-29 April 2020 in Strasbourg, France. The event’s main objective is to support clusters, European regions and Japanese prefectures in their function of networking organisations by fostering the creation of long-term strategic partnerships between European organisations and Japanese partne

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