European Commission, Events/Conf/Fairs, Regions and local development
The Third Forum of the outermost regions (ORs), will take place in Brussels on 30 September and 1 October 2014. This high level event gathers the nine Presidents of these regions and key representatives of the European institutions in Brussels to exchange ideas on how to pool their efforts to meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and create jobs and sustainable growth.
The ORs, as well as all the other European regions, benefit hugely from Cohesion Policy, whose recent reform was spearheaded by Commissioner Johannes Hahn. Cohesion Policy has become the main investment instrument of the EU aimed at reducing economic and social disparities across Europe. More than €6.6 billion will be allocated to the outermost regions for the period 2014-2020 via the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund.
This year the OR Presidents will gather under the theme "9 Regions at the heart of the Europe of today and tomorrow". An official photo of President José Manuel Barroso and all Presidents will take place on 30 September at 12:50 in the Charlemagne building. It will be followed by a press conference with Nicholas Martyn, Deputy Director General of the DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission and Victorin Lurel, Chair of the Conference of Presidents of the Outermost Regions.
During the forum, three thematic panels will focus on employment and education - sectors with high potential for the development of the regions, as well as regional integration and increased accessibility.
A press release will be available on the day. Webstreaming will be available during the event. The sessions will be published the day of the event.