European Week of Regions and Cities Held In Brussels
Representatives from regions and cities across Europe have gathered in Brussels to practice cultural diplomacy by discussing EU regional policyOctober 19th, 2016
During the second week of October, the European Week of Regions and Cities took place in Brussels. The aim of the event was to create an opportunity for local and regional representations to the EU to meet to exchange ideas on the implementation of European Union cohesion policy.
The European Week of Regions and Cities takes place in Brussels annually. Since 2003, when the first event took place, it has managed to create a solid networking platform for local and regional representations to the European Union and experts and academics in regional and local development. Since 2004 the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional Policy has also participated in the event.
During the event, participants discussed EU regional policy, the main aims of which are to encourage economic growth throughout the EU’s member states and to promote a decrease of regional disparities within the European Union.
Every year around 6,000 local, national and regional European decision-makers and experts attend the event, where they participate in numerous workshops and debates focused on discussing the possibilities for European cities and regions to create growth and jobs, as well as their capacity to implement European Union cohesion policy.
Each year events take place across different venues, such as the European Commission and the building of the European Committee of the Regions.
The 2016 program of the European Week of Regions and Cities was divided into events organized by its regional partnerships, the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions, the EU’s assembly of regional and local representatives.
The week’s events also reach the local level, as each year between September and November different regions and cities host local events entitled ‘Europe in my region’ or ‘Europe in my city’.
The European Week of Regions and Cities is important due to the fact that about three quarters of EU legislation is implemented locally or regionally, making it vital to allow the voices of European regions to be heard. This is largely promoted by the European Committee of Regions, which was established in 1994 specifically to facilitate the participation of European regions in the creation of EU legislation.