What actually happens?
Why a "week" for regions and cities?
Regions and cities are involved in the making of most EU policies. Sub-national public authorities in the EU are responsible for one-third of public expenditure (EUR 2 100 billion per year) and two-thirds of public investments (about EUR 200 billion), the latter often to be spent in accordance with EU legal provisions.
How did it start?
Who are the organisers?
The European Week of Regions and Cities is jointly organised by the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO). The organisers launch a call for partners early in the year, usually in January. Following the call, over 200 partners from all over Europe are selected: regions and cities, mainly grouped into thematic consortia ("regional partnerships"), companies, financial institutions, international associations or academic organisations. Partners have to organise seminars of common interest, often in the context of implementing European Structural and Investment Funds and other EU programmes.
How is the programme structured?
What is the "Meeting Place"?
The Meeting Place refers to both all the workshops organised at the CoR and a networking place. The concept was thought up in order to help participants gather together at one single place, against the background of the numerous venues spread in the EU quarter.
What is the "University"?
This refers to a set of workshops organised by DG REGIO, the CoR and European academic networks specialising in regional development, with emphasis on the policy dimension. The University raises awareness and facilitates exchanges between academics and regional and local representatives on research results in the field of regional and urban development and EU Cohesion Policy.Since 2013, the University also hosts a Master Class for PhD students/early career researchers in the field of regional and urban policy. Its purpose is to improve the understanding of EU Cohesion Policy and its research potential among a selection of European PhD students and early-career researchers.
Who attends the European Week of Regions and Cities?
The audience is specifically interested in regional and urban policy, hence mostly officials at local, regional, national and EU level. The typical participant is from a regional or local administration, new to the event and is travelling to Brussels specifically.
How does the European Week of Regions and Cities reach out to the local level?
Between September and November, each of the 200 regions and cities organises one local event under the slogan "Europe in my region/city". Together with other partners, there are over 350 local events held in more than 30 countries each year, with an estimated 200 000 participants and about 2 000 politicians and experts involved as speakers.
What is the impact of the European Week of Regions and Cities?
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