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European Week of Regions and Cities

Media programme coverage

The EU Regions Week welcomes hundreds of journalists each year. The media programme includes meetings with cohesion policy experts, project visits, interview opportunities and more. 

 

Laura Bannier and Ani Arveladze win the Megalizzi-Niedzielski prize

The Megalizzi-Niedzielski prize for aspiring journalists found its two new winners during the 20th European Week of Regions and Cities held in Brussels, Belgium. This recognition, which honours the memory of two journalists who passed away after a terrorist attack in Strasbourg in 2018, awards the effort and performance of professionals in the field. Only six have been nominated among the participants of the Youth4Regions programme for aspiring journalists, chosen across Europe and neighbouring...

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Is our democracy in danger?

Fake news, disinformation, hate speech, anti-government protests and a lack of youth participation in politics. Currently, democracy in Europe and around the world is struggling. One question remains: how can we reach young people, inspire them for democracy and protect them from disinformation? More than two thirds of the world’s population is living in a non-democratic country or in a country where democracy is in danger. Since 2017 there have been increasing anti-government protests around...

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A key to cross-border cooperation

EURES (EURopean Employment Services) is a European cooperation network that provides jobseekers in Europe with employment opportunities. Would there be equal working conditions for all Europeans in the future? This and more questions were raised at the info session "How young people can enter the labor market with the help of EURES network cooperation" held on October 13, 2022 as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities. "I believe my story proves that when you have a clear goal in your...

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Refugees fleeing war: the role of border regions

"Strong with illegal immigration, kind with war refugees." These words, spoken by Abruzzo Region President Marco Marsilio at the opening of the workshop organized by the European Committee of Conservatives and Reformists, draw a clear and irrefutable distance between different lines of thinking on immigration policy that differ from European directives. Hungary has no intention of changing its stance on immigration. The security of territories also begins with a selection between non-war...

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The European channel that attracts outside of its continent

The TV channel Euronews reaches way more countries than the EU member states. During the ongoing war in Ukraine and women's protests on the streets in Iran, it has continuously been reporting on the conflicts in both Russian and Persian. “They took it down in Russia, but people always find ways to watch it,” says Jorge Liboreiro at Euronews during the European Week of Regions and Cities. Even if you are not familiar with it, chances are you have seen it in a hotel lobby. Euronews is a TV channel...

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Attracting and retaining youth in the EU’s regions and cities

“This is the most educated generation in history”, this way began a speech by the coordinator of the workshop “Attracting and retaining youth in the EU’s regions and cities”, Andrew Paterson, Senior Counsellor at OECD, during the European Week of Cities and Regions 2022. “We already know that young people care about sustainability, enjoy food, culture, and physical activity, care about technology, and want to stay connected wherever they are”, he continued. But how do we attract them and keep...

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Here’s how to find out what is happening with EU money in cities and regions

Can data tools be fun to work with? Regardless of the answer, there are multiple opportunities for journalists to use them to find a story. Imagine being able to access a centralized system of EU cohesion fund data: this may lead you to your next project. While journalists want transparency in what is happening with EU money in cities and regions, EU officials want visibility of cohesion projects funded by the EU. A place to find new stories On the final day of the EU Regions Week, Roberto...

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Euroregions for Ukraine’s European integration

The European Union invited Ukraine to a dialogue on the 2nd December 1991, a day after Ukrainian people expressed their wish to live in an independent state at a referendum. This event can be considered as the start of the Ukraine-EU relations. These relations have never been simple. Throughout history, there have been both “springs” and “winters”, but at decisive moments, Ukrainian people have defended their democracy and their right to be in the EU. Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU...

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The EU Regions Week allows young journalists to visit Brussel’s Politico

An opportunity to approach international media outlets arises for young journalists all over Europe and its neighbouring countries: In the context of the 20th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the young journalists of the Youth4Regions visited the bureau of Politico - a newspaper covering international politics. The two journalists Wilhelmine Preussen and Tristan Fiedler guided the participants of the programme through the office of Politico and gave them insight into the...

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Digital platforms as enhancing tools for both tangible and intangible cultural heritage: challenges and potentials

The 20th edition of the EU Regions and Cities Week kicked off on Monday, October 10th, 2022, with a wide range of both onsite and online workshops, conferences, and info sessions. Key issues around which revolves the Brussels-based event dedicated to European cohesion policy are: green and digital transition, territorial cohesion, youth empowerment. Most of the aforementioned topics were at the heart of the discussion carried out within the online workshop “Digital platforms: culture, belonging...

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