Open Days 2012: 10th European Week of Regions and Cities

On the 8th of October 2012, the official start of the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days) will be celebrated. The Open Days 2012 will mark the event’s 10th anniversary, consisting of the celebration of a rich amount of local events and side events all over the EU Member States, Candidate Countries, and beyond. Again, Brussels will have the pleasure to host the Open Days 2012 with an extraordinary agenda of scheduled seminars, workshops, exhibitions, university events; a meeting point will be also available at the Committee of the Regions headquarters.

The main aim of the 2012 edition is to consider all the debates and exchanges of best practice on European cohesion policy (ECP) along the past decade, emphasizing the role of the future ECP. By October 2012, the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament will both have adopted their positions on the European Commission’s legislative proposals for cohesion policy 2014-2020. The debate will continue in the Council and with the Member States, driven by the overall discussion on the Multiannual Financial Framework.

The Open Days 2012, under the motto “Europe’s regions and cities: Making a difference”, will structure seminars and workshops around three thematic priorities:

  • Smart and green growth for all: debating how does cohesion policy contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • Territorial cooperation: an asset for Europe, analysing the different possibilities for cooperation instruments and the growth they generate.
  • Delivering results: discussing the main achievements of the EU cohesion policy and the implementation of the new regulatory framework proposed by the European Commission for 2014-2020.

From a tourism point of view, there are several remarkable events, especially the workshop called: “EU regional tourism initiatives – boosting growth, delivering results” that will be held on the 11th October. Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Industry and Enterpreneurship, Ramón Luís Valcárcel Siso, President of the Committee of the Regions, and other outstanding speakers will be present. The workshop will explore the regional dimension of tourism and will strive to answer how the regional initiatives can best draw on the EU cultural and natural heritage to deliver results for economy and for European citizens.

Another very relevant workshop for tourism will take place the 9th of October under the title “Regions promoting sustainable tourism infrastructure development in rural regions”. The event is organised by the partnership ‘Regions promoting sustainable tourism infrastructure development in rural regions’. This partnership is set up of rural regions in Europe that have well preserved natural and cultural heritage and excellent potentials in environment friendly tourism. One of the aim of the workshop is to highlight the role of territorial cooperation and exchange of experience in the practice of development of tourism infrastructure in rural areas.

We invite you to register at: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/ and recommend doing it as soon as possible due to the limited capacity of the facilities.

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