125th Plenary Session of the European Committee of the Regions - Opening Session of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2017
08.10.2019 11:30
08.10.2019 13:00

Committee of the Regions

Batiment Jacques Delors, Rue Belliard 99/101
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At the beginning of October, some 6,000 participants and 600 speakers from all over Europe gather together in Brussels for the European Week of Regions and Cities. A programme of some 100 working sessions, exhibitions and networking events is organized by the European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission.

What is it?

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual Brussels-based four-day event during which officials from regions and cities’ administrations, as well as experts and academics, can exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development. It is also an acknowledged platform for political communication in relation to the development of EU cohesion policy, raising the awareness of decision-makers about the fact that regions and cities matter in EU policy-making. The European Week of Regions and Cities is the biggest European public event of its kind.

Who should participate?

The audience is specifically interested in regional and urban policy, hence mostly officials at local, regional, national and EU level. The European Week of Regions and Cities is especially adressed to:
European, national, regional and local government officials and experts in the field of managing and evaluating cohesion programmes. Representatives of private companies, financial institutions and European and national associations. Researchers, PhD or master students and practicioners in the field of European regional and urban policy.

Participate with own events

In connection with the Brussels-based European Week of Regions and Cities, each Regionalpartnership is invited to organise a local event under the 'Europe in my region/city' initiativeinthe formatof a citizens' dialogueor political debateand include a member of the European Committee of the Regions. The objective of these citizens' dialogues is to listen and report back directly on the discussions taking place in cities and regions.

About the European Week for Regions and Cities

The European Week of Regions and Cities is jointly organised by the EuropeanCommittee of the Regions and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy. The programme is adaptedevery year to the specific context of the EU agenda. Participation to the event is free of charge.


Bridging adaptation and mitigation: Hands-on climate action across European municipalities
Andrea Geyer-Scholz, "Smart Cities Consulting"; Rosmarie de Wit, "ZAMG"

The importance of considering the impacts of climate change that may occur over the lifetime of any project or infrastructure in the planning phase of urban infrastructure projects is rapidly gaining importance. Consideration of climate risks and opportunities is increasingly required by regulations and investors. Also, climate resilient planning can increase and improve urban quality of living.

This interactive session showcases how multi-level collaboration can unlock the potential for local climate action to shape a greener Europe. In the context of EU regional policy, two roundtables will discuss lessons learnt from two approaches to local projects: 'municipal climate partnerships' and 'smart cities'. Participants will share experiences and challenges of supporting communities through these approaches.

This is followed by a hands-on lab, where participants identify climate risks and impacts to their infrastructure projects based on data of their specific location through the CLARITY Climate Services Information System (CSIS) screening tool. Thematic groups will explore hazard-specific resilient solutions, guided by pilot initiatives with climate-resilience experience from Austria, Sweden and Italy. Throughout the lab, support is provided by experts and innovators from the investment, climate risk, and adaptation sectors.

This session is aimed at urban and infrastructure planners and developers, municipal decision-makers, energy and climate policy experts with interest in bringing together adaptation and mitigation measures at the local level.

Inputs to the session are based on the Horizon-2020-co-funded project CLARITY providing the CSIS tool and a climate services marketplace and the project Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON) financed by the European Climate Initiative of the German Environmental Ministry (BMU). BEACON brings together 34 municipalities and 57 schools from seven EU Member States in central-eastern and south-eastern Europe.

9:00-9:10     Welcome & Opening

Smart Cities Consulting, Austria / Navigant, Germany

9:10-9:30     Connecting Local Mitigation action: Roundtables

Input presentation: BEACON municipalities introduce themselves and present their approaches to climate protection

Roundtable - City climate partnerships: Bottrop (DE, Tilman Christian) and Agios Dimitrios (EL) discuss good practices, first experiences, challenges, Q&A. Moderator: Lisa Schneider, adelphi

Roundtable - Smart cities: Alba Iulia (RO) presents and discusses their ongoing activities and develops avenues for further action with participants Moderator: Sarah Gül, Navigant

9:30 – 10:00   Steering Local Adaptation: Hands-On Lab on Measuring Climate Risks in Municipalities

Input presentation: the CLARITY project: Pilot city with recent insights on climate proofing project, Rosmarie de Wit, ZAMG

Participants identify climate risks and impacts to their urban planning and infrastructure projects. In thematic clusters they will explore how to us a climate services screening tool to develop hazard-specific resilience-boosting solutions and adaptation options, guided by pilot initiatives with recent climate-proofing experience. Throughout the Lab, support is provided by experts and innovators from CLARITY partners.

10:00-10:30    Panel discussion: Solutions and Financing for integrating adaptation and mitigation planning Moderator: TBC 

  • Presentation of key takeaways for municipalities from roundtable and lab
  • Panel discussion on the co-benefits of planning adaptation and mitigation in an integrated manner with 3-4 questions on the chances and limitations of integrated adaptation and mitigation planning at the local level
  • Wrap-up