The Committee of the Regions organised a European Summit of Regions and Cities in Prague on 5 and 6 March 2009, in partnership with the City of Prague, and with the support of the Czech Presidency of the European Union.
The timing of this Summit, held in the heart of the Czech capital, was particularly significant at a crucial juncture for democracy in the EU. It came just before the Spring European Council and the re-launch of the growth and jobs strategy, as well as a few months before the renewal of the European Parliament and the European Commission.
Approximately 500 elected representatives for regional and local authorities, including regional presidents, mayors, presidents of regional parliaments as well as key players from the European institutions and organizations representing regional and local authorities sent message to Europe's Heads of State and Government with ideas on how to master the economic and political challenges facing the European Union.
The event took place in the neo-renaissance Zofin Palace, located on the Slavic Island and with a view on the historic centre of Prague.