Focussing on Regional & Urban Policy
Countdown for OPEN DAYS 2012
The biggest annual event in the world of regional and urban policy marks its 10th anniversary at a crucial time for EU Cohesion Policy. Talks on the EU budget and the future shape of cohesion policy are entering their final and critical phase.
From 8 to 11 October the Open Days 2012 will bring together some 6000 regional policy practitioners from all over Europe to share best practice and reinforce Regional Policy as the main instrument to realise the growth goals of Europe2020 and supporting the EU's exit from the crisis. Under the banner of 'Europe's regions and cities: Making a difference', over 100 seminars and workshops will focus on the priorities for future funding:
• Smart and green growth for all, promoting innovation/research and development
• support for SME's
• Territorial cooperation Delivering and measuring results for a more effective policy.
OPEN DAYS 2012 will take stock of achievements so far and define the future shape of policy. A short and handy version of the OPEN DAYS programme is now available. Known as the 'Programme at a Glance', the pocket-format publication provides a generic overview of all OPEN DAYS seminars (title, code, timing, organisers and venues), as well as their location on the Brussels European district map. It also sums up the main information as to the OPEN DAYS mobile phone application, as well as the tweeter and flickr accounts.
To celebrate the 10thedition of the OPEN DAYS, the Committee of the Regions has invited 10 artists to illustrate the participation of regions and cities as events' partners since 2003. Starting from the regional partnerships maps which visualize the OPEN DAYS partner regions and cities year after year, the artists showcase a series of 10 individual unusual art works.
For all those who cannot take part in this event: You can follow the OPEN DAYS on Twitter, follow @EU_Regional for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS --> Use the hashtag #euopendays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS. You can also download the OPEN DAYS Mobile Application for android and iOS devices to be up to date.
More information: www.opendays.europa.eu