The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) 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. It is an important European networking platform for local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts and the key event on EU Regional Policy, welcoming over 6000 participants to the more than 100 workshops, debates and exhibitions.

In 2017, the European Week of Regions and Cities will reach its 15th birthday. The main headline of #EURegionsWeek is 'Regions and Cities working for a better future', covering three sub-themes: building resilient regions and cities (#LocalResilience), regions and cities as change agents (#TakeAction), and sharing knowledge to deliver results (#SharingKnowledge).

Interreg Europe will be part of #EURegionsWeek and organise several activities during the week. See an overview below and register now!

Advance registration is required and no on-site registration will be possible. Participation is free of charge.

 

Explore good practices with the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform

Date: 10/10/2017 [11:15-13:00]
Location: Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Atrium 5
Code: 10C14

Looking for new solutions for regional policy? 2000+ institutions have already exchanged experiences through interregional cooperation. You can learn from other cities and regions and their tried-and-tested solutions. The Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform is launching an expert-validated Good Practice Database. Visit our show-case corner, learn more and get inspired!

  • Meet experts, explore the online database and see if the solutions could work also in your region;
  • Discover good practices from 30 European countries on: research & innovation, SME competitiveness, low-carbon economy, and environment & resource efficiency;
  • Pitch your good practice in our storytelling studio.

 

Interreg Europe: ‘transforming learning into actions’

Date: 11/10/2017 [11:15-13:00]
Location: Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Atrium 5
Code: 11C72

The question of policy learning and capacity building have gained importance in the current programming period. They are now a recognised means to achieve the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy and the Cohesion Policy.

In this workshop, speakers from the Interreg Europe joint secretariat, interregional projects, and the European Commission will share their experience in this domain, tackling questions such as: what is interregional learning? Why is it important? How to ensure a successful learning process? Who should be involved in the learning process? What could be the place of policy learning in the future programming period?

 

Addressing urban and regional challenges through public procurement

Date: 11/10/2017 [14:30-17:00]
Location: Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Atrium 5
Code: 11C120

Public procurement has often been characterised by bureaucracy, but now it’s increasingly being used as a mean of addressing key economic, social, and environmental challenges. Lately EU Directive of 2014 calls for flexibility, supporting SMEs and for using procurement to reach social and environmental goals.

ESPON, INTERACT, INTERREG EUROPE, and URBACT programmes join forces to provide examples of progressive procurement that emerge across Europe.

Speakers and participants will explore how challenges can be addressed at the various stages of the cyclical process of public procurement: procurement of innovation, spend analysis, the use of social and environmental criteria, and concrete realisation.