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Industrial Transition and Democracy  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Joint online seminar of the European Committee of the Regions, European Commission's DG REGIO and Chicago Council on Global Affairs and partner organizations

Bringing together decision-makers from both sides of the Atlantic, the event aims to explore the links between socio-economic conditions and challenges posed to democracies, foster exchanges on effective policies for inclusive, place-based economic transition in struggling industrial regions.

Background: In Europe, but also in the USA and Canada, due to green and digital transition, many regions are facing a profound transformation of their industrial fabric. Especially in regions with traditional heavy industry branches such as coal, steel and automotive industry. Resulting socio-economic changes are capable to challenge the democratic systems. Local and regional ​governments, being closer to the citizens, are often main actors to ensure that citizens’ concerns are heard and that these challenges are addressed in an inclusive way.

Registration link COTER Industrial Transformation and Democracy 9.06.2022 (


17:00 – 17:15 Opening​

  • Nathalie SARRABEZOLLES (FR/PES), COR COTER Commission Chair
  • Congresswoman Cheri BUSTOS, D/Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives

17:15 – 17:30 Presentation of insights from the transatlantic symposium on transforming industrial regions and its November 21 report.

  • Jeffrey ANDERSON, Georgetown University BMW Center for German and European Affairs
  • John AUSTIN, Director, Michigan Economic Center and Non-resident Senior Fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Brookings Institution

17:30 – 18:50 Political roundtable discussion on industrial change and democracy

Moderator: Fearghas O'Beara EPRS (European Parliament Research Service)

  • Mariví Monteserín Rodriguez, Mayor of Aviles, Spain
  • François Decoster, (RE/FR) Mayor of Saint Omer, France
  • Anna Hetman, mayor of Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland
  • Steve PATTERSON, Mayor of Athens, Ohio, USA
  • Mike BRADLEY, Mayor of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada​
  • Congressman Ro KHANNA D-California, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Maureen DONKER, Mayor of Midland, Michigan, USA

18:50 – 19:00 Closing remarks

  • Mark SPEICH, State Secretary of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany
  • Peter BERKOWITZ, European Commission

Follow the event here with Interpretation in: FR/EN/ES/PL​

Contact Person: Dimo Stoyanov
Organizer: COTER secretariat


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