The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event that was first created in 2003.
Back then, the European Committee of the Regions “invited Brussels-based local and regional representations to the European Union to open their doors to visitors simultaneously” creating a common path that would lead to the development of Europe. Growth, jobs, European Union cohesion policy and good European governance are this event’s focus of attention.
A year later, in 2004, the European Commission’s DG for Regional Policy became the “newbie” of the adventurous scheme by joining in.
“Developing from the initial concept, the event has become a European networking platform for experts in regional and local development”, and “… the key event on EU Regional Policy”. “Exchange of good practice in economic development and social inclusion, cross-border cooperation, public-private partnerships, regional innovation and community-led local development have become some of its many topics”, the main site reads.
Nearly 6 ooo people attend the European Week of Regions and Cities every year. Among them are members of the European Committee of the Regions, MEPs and national, regional and local politicians, government officials and experts in the field of managing and evaluating cohesion policy programmes, representatives of private companies, financial institutions and European and national associations, journalists and reporters from European, national, regional and local media outlets, researchers, PhD or masters students and practitioners in the field of European regional and urban policy.
The event hosts workshops, debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities and according to information offered on the main site “In addition to the Brussels-based workshops, local events are run from September to November all over Europe.”…. / IBNA