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7th European Summit of Regions and Cities  

​Bratislava hosted the 7th Summit of Regions and Cities on 8-9 July 2016. The Summit was organised by the European Committee of the Regions and co-hosted by the Bratislava Self-Governing Region and the City of Bratislava, in cooperation with the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.


Friday 8 July (Opening session) - video

Friday 8 July (Plenary debate - Unlocking EU funds in cities and regions) - video
  • Initial statement by Peter Pellegrini,  Deputy Prime Minister for Investments of the Slovak Republic (video [SK])
  • Initial statement by Jan Olbrycht, MEP, European Parliament co-rapporteur on revising the Multiannual Financial Framework, 2014-2020 (video)

Friday 8 July (I.A Round-table "Connecting resources: getting EU investment working for regions and cities") - video

  • Initial statement by Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness (video)
  • Initial statement by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, First Vice-President of the European Committee of the Regions (video [FR])
  • Statement by Michal Sýkora, President of ZMOS, The Slovak association of Cities and Municipalities (video [SK])
  • Statement by Iskra Mihaylova, MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee for Regional Development (video)
Friday 8 July (I.B Round-table "Connecting ideas: fostering innovative entrepreneurship for the future") - video
  • Initial statement by Renate Brauner, Executive City Councillor of Vienna (video [DE]) 
  • Initial statement by Richard Weber, President of EUROCHAMBRES (video)
  • Statement by Vladimír Šucha, Director-General of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (video)

Friday 8 July (I.C "Investment in motion")

  • Statement by Michael Green, Executive Director, Social Progress Imperative (slides
  • Statement by Julianna Orban Mate, Director of the Via Carpatia European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) (slides)
  • Statement by Rafael Agostinho, Project Manager for KEEP and Capitalisation in Interact (slides)
  • Statement by Nuria De Lama, ICT Program Manager, Atos Research & Innovation, Deputy Secretary-General Big Data Value Association (slides)

Saturday 9 July (Opening debate: Investing in sustainable cities and regions)

  • Initial statement by Jeremy Rifkin, President of The Foundation on Economic Trends (video)
  • Statement by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy Union (video)
  • Showcase 1 - Hauts-de-France, Showcase 2 - The Hague, Closing remarks (video)
  • Investing in sustainable regions and cities (video)
  • Jeremy Rifkin on a Digital Europe and an economic game-plan for Europe's regions (video)

Saturday 9 July (II.A Round-table "Connecting places - innovating Europe's transport and energy infrastructure") - video

Saturday 9 July (II.B Round-table "Connecting people - Digital and smarter - cities and regions of the future") - video

Saturday 9 July (II.C Open Connections: Investment in motion)

  • Statement by Federica Bordelot, Policy advisor at EUROCITIES (slides)
  • Statement by Vincenzo Alberto Vella, Researcher and Project Officer at AQUAS (slides)


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