Projects Open Days is a European Union-wide campaign encouraging citizens to discover European projects near them. It consists of four different initiatives which involve the public in visiting projects and sharing images and experiences via social media.
40 regions of Europe are partnering up with us to run a series of regional campaigns with an ultra-local flavour, and with a smile!
Europe Direct Information Centres and the Association of European Border Regions – through the initiative Interreg Volunteer Youth - organise local events to promote and showcase the results the EU and cohesion policy have delivered in their area, and to engage citizens into discussing in an interactive and innovative format.
If you are interested, go to the interactive map of local events to find the one closest to you.
Since 2008, the European Commission hands out annual REGIOSTARS awards to EU-funded projects which demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. With the goal of inspiring other regions and project managers across Europe, participating projects are in the spotlight of communication activities at European level. The REGIOSTARS are awarded to projects in five thematic categories (smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, urban development and a topic of the year).
Road Trip Project
The Road Trip Project is above all a human adventure! In 2018 and in 2019 altogether 16 young travellers embarked on a van for a journey across Europe. On the road they met locals and explored a variety of EU-supported projects and activities. They shared their experiences through videos, photos and blog posts on social media platforms, exchanging tips on the road and triggering a Europe-wide conversation among their peers.
In 2020 the Road Trip Project becomes the Green Trip. The campaign aims to raise young Europeans’ awareness on the climate urgency, connect them with the EU's environment and climate action, and engage them to explore more sustainable lifestyles. Local influencers will embark on a discovery journey in their respective regions and countries, exploring by themselves a variety of green projects and initiatives enabled by the EU, and sharing their stories with their communities on social media, in their local language. The campaign will take place in five countries - Belgium, Germany, Greece, Lithuania and Portugal. The current edition kicked-off in July 2020.
DG REGIO organizes often events on Regional Policy in the Member States or in Brussels. In the process of selection of media for coverage of the events, DG REGIO applies 3 guiding principles:
- Profile of the media – we target high impact multipliers, with an interest in the subject of the event;
- Geographic balance – we strive for even distribution among concerned regions and member states;
- Type balance – we aim to reach a balance between media types (television, radio, print, Internet).
To find out more on how to cover DG REGIO events you may email REGIO-A2-COMMUNICATION@ec.europa.eu.
Youth4Regions is the European Commission programme helping journalism students and young journalists to discover what the EU is doing in their region.
The Megalizzi – Niedzielski prize rewards aspiring journalists that show a strong attachment to the EU and its values.
Partnerships with media
The European Commission’s DG REGIO encourages the media from the EU to cover regional policy topics and developments.
In order support such activities, the DG provides support in the form of grants and partnerships.
Smart Regions, in collaboration with Euronews, takes a tour of Europe, visiting the cities and towns where Cohesion Policy projects are reducing regional disparities and bringing real, tangible benefits to communities across the EU.
Calls for proposals promoting Cohesion policy
In 2018 over 60 local and regional dialogues are being organised in partnership with local organisations across 8 countries to discuss the impact of EU actions in territorial contexts. The events have brought together a variety of local stakeholders and interested citizens, engaging them in open exchanges about the benefits and challenges linked to the delivering of EU funding. Furthermore, the dialogues are providing a unique opportunity to collect inputs in view of the next EU financial period, starting in 2021. One of the main takeaways of the events is that local stakeholders are keen to exchange as to how the EU funding are invested in their municipality or region. They also want to contribute more to the communication of cohesion policy in order to best highlight its positive impact. The dialogues have seen the participation of thousands of people. The hosting countries have been Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden.
In 2018, EU cohesion policy will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Cohesion policy has been accompanying the evolutions of the European Union: From the creation of the single market to the need to foster convergence to underpin the EMU, successive enlargements and most recently, the need to respond to the migration crisis. Also in the future, cohesion policy shall stay at the very core of the Union's development. It will enable the EU to harness globalisation, and to foster prosperous economies, caring societies and sustainable growth through innovation and skills.