The European Week of Regions and Cities brings more than 6000 policy makers, regional authorities and other stakeholders to Brussels each year in October. This is naturally an excellent chance to discuss policy.

While we couldn’t be in every session, we did manage to cover quite a bit of ground thanks to our projects and their active and engaged partners. See below for a couple of selected highlights.

The camera loves them

Six of our projects dropped by our exhibition stand between 7-10 October. It wasn’t just to say hello, but also to tell us about the sessions, labs and workshops they were involved in.

ERUDITE talked about overcoming the divide between rural and urban areas and pursuing the transition to smart villages. SHARE presented a good practice to promote tourism and economic development in rural areas and villages. CircPro explored the topic of public procurement and ECOWASTE 4 FOOD backed us up during our session on fighting food waste. RETRACE was also there. They attended the REPLACE kick-off event. What a great show of support for a fellow Interreg Europe project!

Watch the playlist and see what they had to say.

Workshops, labs and conferences

You don’t always have to be in front of a camera to steal the show. Many of our projects delivered great sessions throughout the week.

IMPACT made an impact by putting protected areas at the heart of EU policies for sustainable development. CESME showed us what happens when innovation meets circular economy. BRIDGES talked about shaping the role of future R&I instruments. INTHERWASTE told us how the EU cohesion funds have helped build a greener Europe. And Innova-FI presented on the role of financial instruments in regional ecosystems.

Finally, we said goodbye to FINERPOL and iEER during their final conferences where, Mr. Markku Markkula, the First Vice President of the European Committee of the Regions, said that support for scaling up and helping SMEs to follow a sustainable development path should be the focus of the future SME Strategy for Europe.

Others came to learn

EU Regions Week is not just about organising a workshop. You can attend them too! Many of our projects simply came to learn.

Have a look at these stories from Brussels.

You can also read more about our own highlights and the activities of our Policy Learning Platform experts. See also how we discussed cooperation with policy makers and shared solutions for reducing food waste.

Image copyright: Committee of the Regions and Cities