European Week of Regions and Cities
8-11 October 2018 Brussels

Programme overview

Between 8 and 11 October 2018, the Brussels-based European Week of Regions and Cities programme will feature:

  • Opening Session on 8 October at the Square in presence of senior EU representatives.
  • +160 sessions (workshops, participatory sessions, Q&A, EURegionsTalks), project visits and networking events, organised by organisers and event partners and managed jointly with them.
  • A Master Class for PhD students in regional policy.
  • RegioStars Awards Ceremony and Official Reception on 9 October.
  • A media programme.
  • Networking facilities.

All events are free of charge to participants, but upon prior registration only. Registration to all events opens on 9 July and closes on 28 September 2018.

The background

In 2018, Cohesion Policy will reach its 30th anniversary, and the European Week of Regions and Cities will be anchored to the key moments of the policy cycle:

  • The proposal for the next Multiannual financial framework.
  • Its underlying legislative instruments.
  • The European Parliament elections.

Moreover, the #EURegionsWeek should also witness the adoption of the European Committee of the Regions' (CoR) opinion on the Future of Europe and the CoR President’s address on the State of the Union.

Cohesion policy is the main European investment policy to achieve the EU Treaty objective of economic, social and territorial cohesion. It also enables cooperation between regions, cities and municipalities from different Members States, as well as cooperation with the private sector, knowledge institutions and social partners at regional level. Currently worth one third of the EU budget, the EU's cohesion policy reduces regional disparities, creates jobs, opens new business opportunities and addresses major global issues such as climate change and migration. EU cohesion policy must continue to be a pillar of the EU's future, as called for by the #CohesionAlliance.

The University

The University workshops present new research on regional and urban development. It fosters an exchange of views and testing of new academic concepts in the field of regional and urban policies between academics, practitioners, EU officials and other interested participants. The University facilitates the creation of networking links between students, academics, EU institutions and regional partners and raises awareness of EU cohesion policy among students and young researchers.

The workshops focus on new research on regional and urban development, with renowned academics and researchers in the field of EU cohesion policy and related policies from different European countries.

Master Class

The University also hosts a Master Class for PhD students and early career researchers in the field of regional and urban policy. Its purpose is to improve the understanding of EU Cohesion Policy and its research potential among a selection of European PhD students and early-career researchers.

See more about the programme: Thematic clusters, Exhibition, Local events, Side events.