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18th European Week of Regions and Cities 2020

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#EURegionsWeek 2020


18th European Week of Regions and Cities 2020 spreads over 3 weeks


The session organisers involved in this year's #EURegionsWeek were invited to a third partners' meeting on 26 June. The aim of the virtual meeting was to provide them with more specific information on the organisation of the #EURegionsWeek 2020, given the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


This year, the European Week of Regions and Cities will spread over three consecutive weeks in October, each dedicated to one timely topic:


5-9 October: Empowering Citizens,

12-16 October: Cohesion and cooperation,

19-22 October: Green Europe, in cooperation with the Green Week.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related health and safety measures, the majority of the 500 sessions will be in fully digital format. Among the exceptions are key events and workshops requiring interpretation, which are going to be organized in a hybrid format (online with a limited physical presence). Some events such as exhibitions and regional tastings can be either digital or physical.


Registration for the 18th European Week of Regions and Cities will open on 27 August 2020.


To view the recording of the meeting and the slides presented, check the event website Partners’ page!


What is the European Week of Regions and Cities?


The European Week of Regions and Cities 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.


The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to regional policy.


The event has grown to become a unique communication and networking platform, bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe, including their political representatives, officials as well as experts and academics. Over the last 17 years, it has done much to promote policy learning and exchange of good practices.


In 2019, the #EURegionsWeek reached a record high of more than 9000 participants and more than 330 sessions, which shows the event's relevance and potential as a platform for political communication in relation to the development of EU cohesion policy, raising the awareness of decision-makers about the fact that regions and cities matter in EU policy-making.


What is the purpose of the EURegionsWeek?


  • Discuss common challenges for European regions and cities and to exchange ideas on possible solutions by bringing together political representatives, decision-makers, experts and practitioners of regional policy, as well as stakeholders from business, banking, civil society organisations, academia, the EU institutions and the media;
  • Provide a platform for capacity-building and the exchange of experience and good practices for those implementing EU cohesion policy and managing its financial instruments;
  • Facilitate cooperation and networking between regions and cities;
  • Feed into the debate on EU cohesion policy in a wider context, including recent research and views from third countries and international organisations.


Who can participate?


The European Week of Regions and Cities and its events are aimed at:


  • European, national, regional and local government officials and experts in the field of managing and evaluating cohesion policy programmes;
  • representatives of private companies, financial institutions and 1 European and national associations;
  • members of the European Committee of the Regions, members of the European Parliament, and national, regional and local politicians including young elected politicians (YEPs);
  • citizens, who want to express their views and contribute to the debate on the future of Europe and their regions and cities;
  • academics, researchers, PhD or masters students and practitioners in the field of European regional and urban policy;
  • journalists from European, national, regional and local media outlets.

Who can be event partner?


Check the Partner section


What are the themes for the 2020 edition?


  • Green Europe
  • Cohesion and Cooperation
  • Empowering Citizens
European Commission DG Regio & European Committee of the Regions
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