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, 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.
What actually happens?
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 programme 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.
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, new to the
What 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 apply as a participant?
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.
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