Committee of the Regions
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.