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Introduction

Every two years, the European Committee of the Regions brings politicians from every level of government in Europe - local, regional, national and European - together with experts and stakeholders to the European Summit of Regions and Cities, to discuss policies that affect day-to-day life and business in territories across the European Union. Such a gathering helps to ensure that local experiences are reflected in policies that will affect Europe's economic, social and territorial prospects for years to come.

The focus of the 2016 Summit, held on 8-9 July in Bratislava, Slovakia, is on the need for investments and for better cross-border connections in order to unlock the growth potential offered by the rich diversity of Europe's regions. The EU's investments aim to generate smarter, greener and more sustainable growth across the Union and to narrow the economic gap between the regions of Europe. The EU is now trying to increase the impact of its spending, by simplifying its policies.

The Summit's themes are given added urgency by continuing wide differences in investment between countries and regions in the EU - and by the European Commission's efforts to mobilise €315 billion in public and private investment.

This year's Summit is kindly hosted by the Bratislava Self-Governing Region and the City of Bratislava and organized as an official event of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Summit will have a strong central European and specifically Slovak dimension, including cultural events and public debates.


Partners

The European Committee of the Regions is the European Union's political assembly for local and regional representatives. It has a consultative role in the EU's policymaking.
Bratislava's strategic position on the Danube has placed it at the crossroads of history. Home now to over 400,000 people, the Slovak capital is at the fast-beating heart of the enlarged EU.
The Bratislava Region is the most developed region in Slovakia and is one of the most economically productive regions in the European Union. It is the smallest but also, with a population of over 600,000, the most densely populated of Slovakia's eight regions with highest average income and lowest unemployment rate, and generating around 25% of national GDP.
Presidency of the Council of the European Union, July - December 2016.

Contact

Speakers
If you are an official speaker of the summit (registered with the Greffe) and need further practical information, please contact:Greffe@cor.europa.eu
Attendees
If you are participant of the summit (your attendance must be confirmed by the organiser) and need further practical information, please contact: Bratislava-Summit@cor.europa.eu
Media
If you are a journalist attending the summit and need further information, please contact Andrew Gardner
Andrew.gardner@cor.europa.eu
+32 (0)473 843 981