Events/Conf/Fairs, European Commission, Committee of the Regions, Regions and local development
From 6-9 October 2014, some 5,500 representatives from Europe's regions and cities will gather in Brussels for this year's OPEN DAYS to exchange views on how to make the reformed EU Cohesion Policy a reality for job creation and growth. The reform was spearheaded by European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn. It has transformed the Policy into a modern, and result-focused, investment tool for all European regions, and concentrated the bulk of resources on key sectors, such as innovation, SME competitiveness, information and communication technologies (ICT) and the shift to a low-carbon economy.
The 12th edition of OPEN DAYS will be dedicated to the slogan "Growing together" and comprise the following activities for the media:
6 October, 14:30 p.m. at European Parliament, Hemicycle: Opening session with welcome addresses by Michel Lebrun, President of the Committee of the Regions and Iskra Mihaylova, Chair of the European Parliament’s REGI Committee. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, Vice-President of the European Parliament; Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy; José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (video message)
6 October, 13:00 p.m. at Committee of the Regions: CoR President Lebrun and Commissioner Hahn will host a press point
6 October, 16:00 p.m at European Parliament, press conference room: Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organisation for European Cooperation and Development will hold a press point, presenting two special reports: the "OECD's Regional Outlook 2014" and the "Regional Well-being Report".
8 October, 11:45 a.m at Berlaymont: The winners of the 2014 "Europe in my region competition, from the Azores (Portugal), Latvia and Lithunia will be presented with their prizes by Commissioner Hahn
After a successful pilot at OPEN DAYS 2013, Master Class will return this year, gathering 30 PhD students and early career researchers in the field of regional and urban policy.
Alongside the Brussels seminars, over 300 events under the banner ‘Europe in my region/ city’ are being held until December 2014.