Do you already know what you'll be doing in October? It might seem a bit early to be thinking about it now - but in fact, it is just the right time to do so.

New year, new plans: the preparations for the 18th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek for short) have already started. The main organisers (DG Regio and the European Committee of the Regions) shared glimpses into what to expect and outlined the path ahead during a kick-off meeting on 30 January. The event itself will happen on 12-15 October 2020 in Brussels.

Did you miss the kick-off? Don't worry, a recording is available on the event website.

What #EURegionsWeek?

The European Week of Regions and Cities is the biggest annual event focused on regions and regional policy. Every year, it brings thousands of representatives from regions, cities, the EU institutions, academia and regional policy stakeholders to Brussels to share experiences, learn and network.

In 2019, #EURegionsWeek was bigger than ever before. More than 9000 people participated in over 330 sessions during the event. Taking into account the overall policy agenda of 2020, this year is bound to attract high interest once again.

The main topics of 2020 are:

  • Green Europe;
  • Cohesion and cooperation (including also the celebration of 30 years of Interreg!); and
  • Empowering citizens.

Wouldn't you like to be part of #EURegionsWeek too?

Contribute to the programme

#EURegionsWeek is an event that should definitely feature on any regional policy maker's agenda. In addition to being a massive event and an excellent networking platform, #EURegionsWeek also offers plenty of opportunities to actively contribute to the event and the agenda. The programme is very much co-created with regions and cities themselves. The vast majority of activities during the week are proposed and organised by 'event partners'. You can be one of them.

You can propose different types of activities:

  • EU Regions Talks (short 10-30 minute pitches by a single speaker);
  • Q&A sessions with experts (focused on a specific issue);
  • Workshops (with up to four speakers);
  • Participatory labs (interactive problem-solving or exchange of experience based sessions); or
  • Exhibition stands (focused on inspiring through interaction).

The call for applications is open until 27 March 2020.

More information is available here

Now is the time to start thinking about what the other European regions and cities should know about your project. Or better yet, reach out to other projects and promote your results and lessons learned in a joint session! 

Interreg Europe will definitely be part of #EURegionsWeek again in 2020. It is always a lot of fun! Have a look at some of our highlights from 2019. We are already working on our plans for this year - what about you?