European Week of Regions and Cities 

​​​​​​Under the motto "New Challenges for Europe's Cohesion", the #EURegionsWeek welcomed around 20 000 participants from 10 to 13 October 2022, sending a strong message that this event remains the biggest interactive platform for thematic talks, knowledge sharing, exchanges of views and project presentation. 

Thank you for being part of the 20th European Week of Regions and Cities and see you again next year!​

Rewatch the EURegionsWeek 2022 sessions!

Contents

​2022 edition

This year's edition combined the online and onsite sessions in a creative way, covering the themes of green and digital transformations of regions and cities, territorial cohesion and youth empowerment, while live testimonials and exhibitions revealed the most important moments of this landmark event shaped by its 20th anniversary.

Opening Session and Thematic Sessions

20th anniversary European Week of Regions and Cities

European Week of Regions and Cities website


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What actually happens?

The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual event dedicated to regional policy. During this annual four-day event, regions and cities showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

Since its first edition in 2003, the event has grown to become a unique communication and networking platform, bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe, including their political representatives, officials, experts and academics. The EURegionsWeek has done much to promote how regions and cities use EU funds to improve citizens' daily lives.

In October, more than 10 000 participants – including more than 1 000 speakers from all over Europe and beyond – will take part in an extensive programme of conferences, exhibitions and networking events on regional and local development. The programme is adapted every year to the specific context of the EU agenda. Participation in the event is free of charge.

Why a week for regions and cities?

Regions and cities are involved in the making of most EU policies. Subnational public authorities in the EU are responsible for one-third of public expenditure (EUR 2 100 billion each year) and two-thirds of public investment (about EUR 200 billion), the latter often to be spent in accordance with EU legal provisions.

How did it start?

Back in 2003, the European Committee of the Regions, the EU's assembly of regional and local representatives, invited Brussels-based local and regional representations to the European Union to open their doors to visitors at the same time as part of a joint "Open Days" concept. Over the years, the initiative has developed into a key annual event involving the European Commission and other stakeholders. In 2016, it was renamed the "European Week of Regions and Cities", dropping the "Open Days" heading. This was to avoid confusion with the Brussels-based "Open Doors / Open Day" events held every May by all EU institutions around Europe Day, as well as with similar events held by the Commission's representations in the Member States on the same occasion.

Who are the organisers?

The European Week of Regions and Cities is jointly organised by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO). A call for partners is launched early in the year, usually in January. Following the call, partners from all over Europe are selected: regions and cities, mainly grouped into consortia with shared issues (regional partnerships), companies, financial institutions, international associations, or academic organisations. Partners are required to hold seminars on matters of common interest, often related to implementing European Structural and Investment Funds and other EU programmes.

How is the progra​​mme arranged?

The programme is designed around a key slogan and a number of sub-topics. The sessions are organised by three categories of partners: 1) regions or cities; 2) EU institutional partners; and 3) companies, financial institutions and local and European associations. Since 2020, in order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EURegionsWeek has become a digital event, including virtual working sessions and networking opportunities for partners and participants. In 2022, organisers offer a limited number of hybrid events in response to the preference expressed by event partners to gradually increase onsite participation. ​

Who attends the European Week of Regions ​​​and Cities?

The audience is specifically interested in regional and urban policy, so mainly comprises officials at local, regional, national and EU level. The typical participant is from a regional or local administration.

W​​hat is the impact of the European Week of Regions and Cities?

The impact of the event has been systematically evaluated from the very beginning. Participants have highlighted in particular the usefulness for their professional management of EU funds of information gained from the EU institutions and the networking with colleagues from other countries. The importance of the event is also proven by its significant media impact. For years now, up to 300 print, radio, TV and online media journalists from all over Europe have come to Brussels to cover it.

How to apply​​​ as a partner?

Applications generally open at the end of January each year. See the European Week of Regions and Cities website, in the partners section, for more information on how to apply.

How to app​​​​ly as a participant?

See the European Week of Regions and Cities website for more information on how to register as a participant in the event, registrations are open in summer.

How to sign u​​p for the newsletter?

Sign up for the European Week of Regions and Cities newsletter.


Events

Past events

Podcasts

"Local Solutions - Rural Depopulation w/ Angela Gimeno, Stefania Crotta & Enda Stenson"

 
The depopulation of rural areas has different causes and different consequences from country to country, so every region needs to find its own solution.
Let's see how the problem is being approached in two regions from the South of Europe.

With:
Angela Gimeno Martinez, Bioterreta; Stefania Crotta, Director of the Department
for Environment, Energy and Territory of the Piedmont Region and Enda Stenson,
member of the European Committee of the Regions.   ​


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  • "Local Solutions - Rural Depopulation w/ Angela Gimeno, Stefania Crotta & Enda Stenson"
    "Local Solutions - Rural Depopulation w/ Angela Gimeno, Stefania Crotta & Enda Stenson"
  • Episode 2: Green EUtopia VS Energy Crisis (07/11/2022)
    Episode 2: Green EUtopia VS Energy Crisis (07/11/2022)
  • Episode 1: Cohesion Policy - Put the money where EU’s mouth is (26/10/2022)
    Episode 1: Cohesion Policy - Put the money where EU’s mouth is (26/10/2022)

Multimedia

Opening Session

 

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  • Opening Session
    Opening Session
  • Europe's cohesion: building together the future of the EU
    Europe's cohesion: building together the future of the EU
  • Europe's cohesion: making the EU deliver for people
    Europe's cohesion: making the EU deliver for people
  • Europe's cohesion: a key for social progress
    Europe's cohesion: a key for social progress
  • Good morning regions: episode #1
    Good morning regions: episode #1
  • Good morning regions: episode #2
    Good morning regions: episode #2
  • Good morning regions: episode #3
    Good morning regions: episode #3
  • Good morning regions: episode #4
    Good morning regions: episode #4
  • EU Regions Week - Be part of it - Register!
    EU Regions Week - Be part of it - Register!
  • Framing the Circular Economy as an EU recovery opportunity
    Framing the Circular Economy as an EU recovery opportunity
  • Cohesion & Recovery to improve citizens daily lives
    Cohesion & Recovery to improve citizens daily lives
  • A summer street programme to give back the streets to citizens
    A summer street programme to give back the streets to citizens
  • Improving public health services in cross-border territories
    Improving public health services in cross-border territories
  • How green cities lead the way to European recovery?
    How green cities lead the way to European recovery?
  • Putting citizens first: EU cities & regions boosting digital solutions in recovery
    Putting citizens first: EU cities & regions boosting digital solutions in recovery

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