The call for applications to become a partner of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018 is open. Start planning and apply by 30 March!
This year's theme is 'For a strong EU cohesion policy beyond 2020'. The context of the 2018 #EURegionsWeek is set by the 30th anniversary of the cohesion policy and the debates on the future of the European Union and the EU budget.
Besides addressing the EU's multi-annual budget, cohesion policy, and the related legislative proposals, the sessions during the week will tackle a range of topics. Partners can propose sessions linked to different thematic clusters.
Three thematic clusters are emphasised in particular:
- Territorial development (regiona, urban, rural)
- Future of cohesion policy, EU budget
- Education, culture and youth
Other possible topics include for instance energy, climate and environment; research and innovation; sustainable transport and mobility; as well as agriculture and food production, and several other themes.
To contribute to the programme, you can apply to organise a working session as a regional partnership (see the criteria here). These sessions will take place in the regional partners' venues around Brussels.
In addition to the working sessions, you can also apply to be part of an exhibition or a 'Tasting Regions and Cities' session at the main venue (SQUARE) in Brussels.
How to apply
Applications for regional partnerships, networking sessions, exhibitions or other events can be submitted online. You can find all the relevant application forms on the 'Become a partner' website.
Sessions will be selected based on the quality and relevance of the proposals.
Before applying, see the guide for event partners for full details.
Co-organised by the European Commission (DG REGIO) and the European Committee of the Regions, the European Week of Regions and Cities attracts annually more than 6000 participants, speakers and journalists to join 100 different workshops, exhibitions and networking sessions.
The main activities take place in Brussels (8-11 October). In addition, local events take place around Europe throughout the year. For more information, see the #EURegionsWeek website.
Looking for inspiration?
Now is the time to get creative and use your imagination to plan a session to highlight your accomplishments and bring your message across loud and clear. #EURegionsWeek is the largest annual event on European regional policy, and in addition to networking and meeting your peers, it is an excellent opportunity to promote your success stories and good practices.
If you are still looking for inspiration, have a look at what we and our projects did last year:
- Interreg Europe at #EURegionsWeek 2017 (three workshops and a storytelling studio with video interviews)
- PASSAGE: Regional and intermediate policy makers, drivers for cross-border maritime cooperation
- iEER: A regional Start-up and Scale-up Initiative - learning from iEER regions
- UrbanM: Making Spaces