The 18th European Week of Regions and Cities will start on 05 October but registrations are already closing this week-end!  This annual four-day event is an opportunity for cities and regions to 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. For the first time it will be a virtual-only event and will spread over three consecutive weeks, each dedicated to one timely topic: Empowering Citizens, Cohesion & Cooperation, Green Europe.

While some of the sessions will be web streamed in real time and open to public, most of the sessions will only be accessible to a restricted number of participants. Registrations are closing on 27 September.

Have a look at the rich programme and if you need some help, find below a couple of suggestions:

To start with, Interreg Europe has prepared a short overview of what will come. Check it here! In particular, there will be a participatory lab on Reuse and Repair in a circular economy to learn more about reuse and repair initiatives and their impact on a circular and social economy.  It will be on 13 October 2020 from 14:30-16:00 CEST.

We also recommend an event co-organised by one of our partners, ACR+. On 15 October 2020 from 09:30-11:00 Cities fostering the circular transition will offer solutions on how to measure and monitor circularity at local and regional level. It will highlight two examples of approaches aiming to go beyond weight-based indicators, and better reflecting the environmental impact of local circular economy strategies.

Another workshop on 15 October from 11:30 - 13:00 is focusing on future clusters in innovation ecosystems. Innovation ecosystems help to address complex challenges at regional, national and EU level, but their role is changing. Discover why, how and many more things during this workshop.

Atlantic Cities is using this opportunity to celebrate 20 years of Atlantic cooperation. This will be on 13 October from 16:30-18:00. It makes 20 years in 2020 that the network was created, so between July 2020 and July 2021, the network and its cities will share two decades of approaches, experiences and challenges with other European counterparts.