The 2019 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities is coming up on 7-10 October in Brussels, Belgium. Interreg Europe is an active contributor to #EURegionsWeek and we organise several different sessions and activities during the week. 

Have a look at the overview below to know more.


Workshop | Bringing European cooperation to your region

Session code: 09WS591
Date and time: 9 October 2019, 11:30-13:00
Room VMA 1, The European Committee of the Regions

Cities and regions are the drivers of growth in the EU.

If their future is your concern, join our interactive discussion to discover how EU Cohesion Policy offers EUR 500 million of support to help cities and regions cooperate, learn from each other and reach their full potential to become healthier, more innovative, sustainable and competitive places to live and work.

This session is organised jointly by Interact and Interreg Europe as a part of the Young Elected Politicians' programme

Read more about the session and register here. Check also our Facebook live interview to hear what to expect. 


Participatory Lab | Interreg Europe: New tools to help you improve your regional policies

Session code: 09PL580
Date and time: 9 October 2019, 9:15-10:45
Room 410 (Circle 4)

Are you a policy maker working in the field of regional development? Wonder what smart solutions are out there for research and innovation, SME competitiveness, low-carbon economy, or environment and resource efficiency?

Be part of our workshop and find a solution to your regional challenge with three easy activities!

  • Peer to peer learning
  • Expert advice on your challenge
  • Practical answers to your problems

Get ready to test #policylearning in action!

This participatory lab is brought to you by the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform.

Read more about the session and register here.


#policylearning in action | Interregional policy matchmaking

Date and time: 9 October 2019
Agora Village (SQUARE)

In addition to a participatory session, the Policy Learning Platform offers you a possibility to discuss your experiences and needs with other public authorities and policy stakeholders from across Europe in an expert-facilitated thematic matchmaking session.

The policy matchmaking sessions are addressed particularly to managing authorities of Structural Funds programmes, that would like to test-out interregional learning possibilities. Other bodies responsible for local and regional development policies are also welcome to join.

In case you are interested in testing our expert services and benefiting from an opportunity to meet hand-picked peers sharing your interests, see more information here and contact us.


Participatory Lab | Fighting food waste while boosting local economic activity

Session code: 10PL434
Date and time: 10 October 2019, 9:15-10:45
Room 410 (Circle 4)

Based on research and practices on the ground, representatives from the ESPON, INTERACT, Interreg Europe and URBACT programmes will present how local and regional authorities can turn food waste from public institutions, businesses, and households into a resource for the whole society.

Through interactive and participatory techniques, this session will make participants reflect on their local situation and on the margin of maneuver they have to (better) use food waste as to tackle economic, environmental and social challenges.

During the session, you'll find out for instance how our project ECOWASTE 4 FOOD is fighting food waste. 

Read more about the session and register here.


Exhibition | Interreg Europe: sharing solutions for better regional policies

Dates: 7-10 October
Agora Village (SQUARE)

Building a better Europe for all of us is a joint effort. Cooperation, sharing of solutions and exchanging experiences are essential for building bridges, closing gaps, and making a difference.

Visit our stand to discover how 258 Interreg Europe projects are improving policies around Europe. Come and experience how project activities are transformed into tangible actions and have a real impact. Meet peers and network. Pick up ideas and tips for your own work.

Let us help you to find solutions. Enter the world of interregional policy learning and let the good practices from regions all over Europe inspire you!

The Agora exhibition is open on all event days. Learn more about our stand programme here. Please note that only registered #EURegionsWeek participants will have access to the venue.


Meet our projects during #EURegionsWeek

In addition to the sessions listed above, the #EURegionsWeek is a great chance to learn more about Interreg Europe projects and their activities. Various projects organise or contribute to many interesting sessions during the European Week of Regions and Cities:

If you feel more like venturing beyond the official programme, you have even more opportunities to meet our projects. These sessions are organised in Brussels during the European Week of Regions and Cities, so see if they match your interests and fit you're agenda too (note that separate registration is required):


We look forward to seeing you in Brussels during the European Week of Regions and Cities!

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