This week, October 7 to 10, it will be will the 11th European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels.
The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions 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.
The event was created in 2003 and developing from the initial concept, the event has become a European networking platform for experts in regional and local development. 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. Over the years, the week has grown into the key event on EU Regional Policy. It welcomes some 6 000 participants for more than 100 workshops and debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities.
The event offers EU institutions, managing authorities and final beneficiaries a chance to exchange and network on new approaches even before the new operational programmes (OPs) are implemented in 2014.
During the week, the finalists of the RegioStar Awards 2014 will present their projects.
The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. The RegioStars awards form part of the Commission’s Regions for Economic Change initiative, which aims to highlight good practice in urban and regional development.
The prize winners will be chosen at an Award Ceremony presented by Commissioner Hahn in Brussels on March 31 2014. In the video below is a teaser about the award programme.