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Brussels, 10 October 2011
Recipes for successful Regional Policy - EU and China, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia share experiences
Investing in growth and jobs via the European structural funds is a policy which increasingly receives international acclaim, with China, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia showing interest in the functioning of EU regional policy. During the European Week of Regions and Cities (OPEN DAYS 2011), from 11 to 13 October (IP/11/1161) delegations from China, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine will meet with Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn to share experiences and hear about the Commission's recently presented proposals for a sweeping change of cohesion policy for the period from 2014 until 2020. The OPEN DAYS week will provide an occasion for European regions and cities present in Brussels to deepen the dialogue engaged with these countries. The purpose is to share experience on how to reduce regional disparities and how to implement efficient regional investment policies in a global context.
Several events will take place in Brussels during the week:
Most of these countries have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the EU on regional policy, namely China, Russia, Brazil, Ukraine, Moldova, Chile and Georgia. These agreements call for a formal and structured dialogue with an agreed programme of high-level meetings, seminars and studies on the characteristics of regional policy and economic development in the countries concerned.
The main topics of common interest are: multi-level governance (involving local, regional, national levels in the decision-making and implementation process), cross-border cooperation, regional innovation systems, classification of regions and the role of smaller towns as poles of balanced development.