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European Week of Regions and Cities


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 event was created in 2003 when the European Committee of the Regions invited Brussels-based local and regional representations to the European Union to open their doors to visitors simultaneously. One year later the European Commission's DG for Regional Policy also joined the adventure.

Developing from the initial concept, the event has become a European networking platform for experts in regional and local development. Exchange of good practice in economic development and social inclusion, cross-border cooperation, public-private partnerships, regional innovation and community-led local development have become some of its many topics.

Over the years, the event has grown into the key event on EU Regional Policy. It welcomes some 6.000 participants in October each year (local, regional, national and European decision-makers and experts) for more than 100 workshops and debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

In addition to the Brussels-based workshops, local events are run from September to November all over Europe.


Between 8 and 11 October 2018, the Brussels-based European Week of Regions and Cities programme will feature:

  • Opening Session on 8 October at the Square in presence of senior EU representatives.
  • +160 sessions (workshops, participatory sessions, Q&A, EURegionsTalks), project visits and networking events, organised by organisers and event partners and managed jointly with them.
  • A Master Class for PhD students in regional policy.
  • RegioStars Awards Ceremony and Official Reception on 9 October.
  • A media programme.
  • Networking facilities.

All events are free of charge to participants, but upon prior registration only. Registration to all events opens on 9 July and closes on 28 September 2018.

When | From 08/10/2018 to 11/10/2018

Organized by | European Commission DG Regio & European Committee of the Regions

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