#EURegionsWeek

A safer and more secure EU

Wed 14, October 2020
09:30 - 11:00 CET

The EU is currently facing an increasing number of global challenges (globalisation, climate change), political developments (arrival of asylum seekers to the EU, migration flows, emergence of nationalist and populist reactions/regimes in several Member States, etc.) and fast increasing threats of human and natural origin (pandemics, epizootics, invasive species), as well as serious and organised crime, trafficking of illicit drugs, cybercrime, terrorism, natural and man-made disasters, which all have a significant impact on economic, social and territorial cohesion in Europe. After several exchanges and updates on the matter, it is now time to meet again and go deeper into the role that Interreg programmes could play in this respect. Tentative agenda: 1. Keynote by the EC; 2. Moderated panel discussion. For each panelist, we will prepare two questions; 3. Q&A (involving the EC and the panelists including civil society and politicians) and 4. Concluding remarks by the EC.

Klaudia Feurle, Policy Officer, European Commission, REGIO.D1, Belgium.
Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit D1, European Commission, REGIO.D1, Belgium.
Denitsa Nikolova, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria, Bulgaria.
Thomas Renard, Senior Research Fellow, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium.
Gilles KITTEL, IPA/EUSAIR/Accession negotiations Team Leader, European Commission, REGIO.D1, Belgium.
Denitsa Nikolova, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria, Bulgaria.
Thomas Renard, Senior Research Fellow, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium.
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Workshop
Cohesion and Cooperation
European Commission - DG REGIO
English (EN)

Session summary

"Peace, security and development are all mutually dependent. We need an integrated and comprehensive approach to its security." President Ursula von der Leyen in her Agenda for Europe.

Take away message

  • Through ISO2, the future external Interreg programmes can multiply the expected beneficial effects of other EU funds, instruments, actions and policy objectives and provide innovative solutions to today's migration, integration, security and safety challenges
  • Interreg specific objective (ISO)1 'A Better Interreg Cooperation' can enhance the required strong corodination mechanisms