Side events

The European Week of Regions and Cities is the biggest event on EU regional and urban policy, open to all stakeholders. It attracts thousands of practitioners and experts to discuss EU Cohesion Policy. Every year, a number of side events take place around the event. Side event organisers are responsible for their event and its organisation.

Valencian Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

When: 05/10/2020 10:00 - 11:30 CET
Organiser: DG European Funds - Generalitat Valenciana
Virtual venue: València, Spain

Event specifically designed to show how cohesion policy contributes to the development of the Comunitat Valenciana through ERDF, ESF and Youth Guarantee Operational Programmes. The event includes an explanation about cohesion policy in the European Union, a brief description of the OP, the communication of good practices and the presentation of a new website for geolocalising cofinanced actions. A debate or Q&A session could be arranged to involve the audience fully.

Website: http://www.hisenda.gva.es/es/web/financiacion-y-fondos-europeos

How to register: Https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MjA5MmI2ZjEtM2QzYy00YmU1LWI0ZTAtYjRmNWVkMmI0M2E3%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2226c4f2b0-d79c-48d8-9b6c-60524a48f128%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2243316626-28d7-4bf1-be59-4d6ef74dfd08%22%7d

Contact: Julio Sanchis Machi, sanchis_jul@gva.es

Introduction to the circular economy

When: 06/10/2020 10:00 - 11:30 CET
Organiser: FEDARENE
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

Circular economy initiatives in Europe are still at an early stage and would benefit from more investments in upscaling innovations. Join FEDARENE‘s webinar and learn how to become a frontrunner in Europe’s transition towards a more sustainable and competitive system! We will touch upon many different aspects of the circular economy, from biogas production to public procurement, waste management and recycling. Get inspired by local and regional initiatives, renowned experts and EU representatives!

Website: https://www.fedarene.org/events/fedarene-webinar-introduction-to-circular-economy

How to register: Registration link available on the event page https://www.fedarene.org/events/fedarene-webinar-introduction-to-circular-economy

Contact: Mélissa Miklos, melissa.miklos@fedarene.org

Catalonia Digital Education Plan

When: 06/10/2020 16:00 - 16:00 CET
Organiser: Direction General of Innovation, Research and Digital Culture of Ministry of Education, Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia)
Virtual venue: Barcelona, Spain

Generalitat de Catalunya’s Departament d’Educació has a long-term, firm commitment to empowering citizens with the use of educational technologies and mobile devices to make digital skills and learning resources more accessible to all in school education.

The 2020-2023 Government of Catalonia Digital Education Plan (DEP-Cat) sets strategic objectives and specific key actions to foster digital skills among teachers, pupils and schools aligned with the EU Digital Education Action Plan and DigComp.

Website: http://ensenyament.gencat.cat/ca/departament/linies-estrategiques/pla-educacio-digital/

How to register: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZjlmMzllNzEtOTFhOC00MDJmLWE4NWUtNDgzMmZjYTZiNzNk%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%223b9427dc-d30e-43bc-8c06-ff7253676fec%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%228724b0bd-a8cb-4102-8e6a-17a61eba30ca%22%7d

Contact: Mar Camacho, mar.camacho@gencat.cat

Servitisation: an opportunity for growth

When: 06/10/2020 10:00 - 12:30 CET
Organiser: Slovenian Business and Research Association and Technology Park Ljubljana
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

With low-cost competition from non-EU countries and competition from high-tech companies, traditional manufacturing SMEs have to introduce servitisation of products through sufficient human capital. The event will focus on good examples from the Interreg Europe Things+ project on how traditional manufacturing SMEs can introduce new services and non-technological innovation with the involvement of wider civil society and, without excessive investments, transform themselves into drivers of regional innovation.

Website: www.sbra.be

How to register: https://www.sbra.be/en/events/sbra-events

Contact: Maja Ferlinc, maja.ferlinc@sbra.be

Collaboration in crisis management

When: 06/10/2020 10:00 - 11:00 CET
Organiser: Self-Governing Trnava Region
Virtual venue: Trnava, Slovakia

Challenges brought by climate change often require regional authorities to take the lead when it comes to innovative solutions, including financial participation and engagement of local citizens' organisations. This session aims to present the benefits of the crisis management mechanism led by the regional self-governing authority, provide inspiration and outline specific measures taken by the region to invest in innovative solutions for disaster risk management.

Website: https://www.trnava-vuc.sk/

How to register: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/P1N2W6M7Q9L8V0A8F

Contact: Michaela Palasova, palasova.michaela@trnava-vuc.sk

CitiCAP personal carbon trading

When: 06/10/2020 17:00 - 19:00 CET
Organiser: City of Lahti, CitiCAP-project
Virtual venue: Lahti, Finland

Join our webinar and hear about the world's first city-wide pilot scheme for personal carbon trading on mobility. We will present the model and underlying logic of our CitICAP application and share what we have learned so far in the City of Lahti, European Green Capital 2021. 

Website: https://www.lahti.fi/en/services/transportation-and-streets/citicap

How to register: https://mailchi.mp/helsinki.eu/invitation-lahti-european-green-capital-2021-official-ewrc-side-event-6th-october-1700-1900-cet

Contact: Johanna Kilpi-Koski, johanna.kilpi-koski@ladec.fi

Financing the decarbonisation of regions

When: 06/10/2020 11:00 - 12:30 CET
Organiser: EGEC, European Geothermal Energy Council, on behalf of GEORISK
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

This event, organised in the context of the GEORISK project, aims to identify answers to the following issues: the role of local planning in enabling RES investments, the impact of local authorities in enabling the business model of geothermal projects, and financing geothermal projects. Reducing upfront capital costs for geothermal is central to the speed and efficiency of decarbonising all types of buildings. 

Website: https://www.georisk-project.eu/

How to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/571621111343310094

Contact: Consuelo Serrano, c.serrano@egec.org

Data economy to strengthen cooperation

When: 07/10/2020 10:30 - 12:30 CET
Organiser: Veneto Region
Virtual venue: Venice, Italy

The event will discuss the opportunities linked to the data economy and particularly open data exploitation, with specific reference to one cooperation experience (Interreg MEDITERRANEAN): Project ODEON (https://odeon.interreg-med.eu/). Seven regional Data HUBs promoting cooperation will be presented, together with instruments addressing policy makers, innovation stakeholders and intermediaries to strengthen opportunities for cooperation and economic growth for SMEs. 

Website: https://odeon.interreg-med.eu/

How to register: Eventbrite system will be appointed for registration

Contact: Roberto Sandrini, sandrini@sandriniroberto.it

Brussels pioneering participation

When: 07/10/2020 10:00 - 11:00 CET
Organiser: Magali PLOVIE - President of the Brussels French speaking Parliament
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

In December 2019, the Brussels French-speaking Parliament amended its rules of procedure to allow the formation of "deliberative committees" comprising a mixture of members of the Parliament and randomly selected citizens. This initiative follows innovative experiences in the German-speaking Community of Belgium, known as Ostbelgien. The President of the Parliament will present this major democratic innovation: a world premiere. 

Website: https://www.magaliplovie.be/

How to register: Registration via email jmskovic@parlementfrancophone.brussels. We will send the Webex link 24h before the conference. 

Contact: Jonathan Moskovic, jmskovic@parlementfrancophone.brussels

Right-wing extremism. Not my cup of tea?

When: 07/10/2020 18:00 - 19:30 CET
Organiser: Alliance against Right-Wing Extremism in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region
Virtual venue: Nuremberg, Germany

To fight Right-Wing Extremism (RWE) at national and international level, every democratic European must take a clear stand against group-focused enmity and antidemocracy. Hence, it is in fact your cup of tea! Empowering citizens means empowering democracy. The Alliance against Right-Wing Extremism in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region and Dr Britta Schellenberg will analyse RWE as a European phenomenon and show you how each of us can contribute to one of the major challenges facing modern democracy.

Website: www.allianz-gegen-rechtsextremismus.de

How to register: The side event takes place via Zoom. Please register until 2nd October using the following email address: kontakt@allianz-gegen-rechtsextremismus.de

Contact: Martina Mittenhuber, kontakt@allianz-gegen-rechtsextremismus.de

Reducing loneliness: citizen empowerment

When: 07/10/2020 11:00 - 13:00 CET
Organiser: Centre for empowering patients and communities (CEmPaC)
Virtual venue: Ventnor, United Kingdom

Social isolation and loneliness have been shown to be key indicators of early mortality and poor health outcomes. COVID-19 has further highlighted this vulnerability. The event will focus on an evidence-based model for community mobilisation which leads to improved health outcomes and reduced isolation, utilising a partnership between healthcare, local government and community volunteers. Hear from volunteers, doctors and community leaders. This model is recognised globally for its innovation.

Website: www.cempac.org

How to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reducing-loneliness-citizen-empowerment-expert-panel-tickets-121163819245

Contact: David Somekh, david.somekh@ehff.eu

Empowering older people in regions

When: 08/10/2020 14:00 - 16:30 CET
Organiser: Slovenian Innovation Hub (as Reference Site) with help of SBRA (as their Brussel's Liaison Office)
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

Empowerment aims to increase a healthy lifespan by providing tools (digital and non-digital) and creating more opportunities for managing the health of older adults. Empowered senior citizens are more independent, have more control over their own lives and can influence decision making in their communities and in the organisations they belong to. The panel discussion will feature good practices from seven regions from five countries and projects from the Active and Assisted Living Programme.

Website: www.sbra.be

How to register: https://www.sbra.be/en/events/sbra-events

Contact: Viktor Kovacic, viktor.kovacic@sbra.be

Challenges of digital education

When: 08/10/2020 14:00 - 15:30 CET
Organiser: Harghita County Council
Virtual venue: Miercurea Ciuc, Harghita County, Romania

The unfortunate context of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a digital gap among communities, especially in less developed EU regions, affecting the educational performance of students and teachers. Therefore, there is an urgent need for EU support for long-term investments in educational institutions in order to increase digital educational capacity. LRAs must take a leading role in this matter and be involved in EU programmes in order to manage local challenges as soon as possible.

Website: www.harghitacounty.ro, https://cor.borbolycsaba.ro/

How to register: The event will be promoted online and through email invitations and the registration possibility will be made through an online survey, as well as by invitation replies.

Contact: Csaba Borboly, international@harghitacounty.ro

SDGs - Enabling inclusive, urban change

When: 08/10/2020 11:30 - 13:00 CET
Organiser: Bristol & Bath Brussels Office
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

Bilbao, Bologna, Bordeaux and Bristol are transforming their local sustainable development strategies guided by the SDGs. Supported by EUROCITIES, this interactive session will discuss the cities’ approaches and key enablers for an inclusive, city-wide transformation. It aims to encourage the uptake of integrated actions by other cities, form new partnerships and showcase opportunities to accelerate SDG implementation by mobilising EU funding for sustainable development.   

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sdgs-enabling-inclusive-urban-change-tickets-118268340791

How to register: Via Eventbrite

Contact: Paul Davies, paul.davies@bristol.gov.uk

Empowering citizens: CoE tools

When: 09/10/2020 10:00 - 13:00 CET
Organiser: Council of Europe - Centre of Expertise for Good Governance
Virtual venue: Strasbourg, France

A practical workshop on how to use the Council of Europe tools on civil participation designed specifically for local authorities. The tools are meant to help improve the overall quality of participation in decision making, and can be implemented to strengthen good governance, inter-municipal and cross-border cooperation, and strategic planning. The tools are available at https://www.coe.int/en/web/good-governance/toolkits.

Website: https://www.coe.int/en/web/good-governance/centre-of-expertise

How to register: Send an email with contact details to good.governance@coe.int, indicating "side event registration" in the subject. We will send a connection link several days before the event.

Contact: Alina Tatarenko, alina.tatarenko@coe.int

Design-enabled innovation in EU cities

When: 12/10/2020 09:30 - 12:30 CET
Organiser: ANCI Toscana, on behalf of the H2020 Designscapes CSA in collaboration with EASME
Virtual venue: Florence, Italy

This is the second Designscapes international policy forum, following on from the successful event held in Valencia, World Design Capital 2022 (https://tinyurl.com/y46sas5v) in March this year (https://tinyurl.com/y6rqhxr9) and the mid-term conference held in Brussels, May 2019 (https://tinyurl.com/yxe72wpw). A keynote and panel discussion on which EU, regional and local policies should ignite the transformative power of design for sustainable and responsible innovation in European cities.

Website: http://designscapes.eu/

How to register: https://forms.gle/yRPdBrddEatsPsko6 (beta)

Contact: Besnik Mehmeti, besnik.mehmeti@ancitoscana.it

4 motors for Europe

When: 12/10/2020 17:00 - 19:00 CET
Organiser: 4 MOTORS FOR EUROPE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Badden-Wurttemberg, Lombardia, Catalunya)
Virtual venue: Barcelona, Brussels, Milan, Lyon, Stuttgart

The COVID-19 crisis has hit regions across Europe. Regional governments have developed various measures to cope with the crisis. The EU is working on an ambitious recovery plan, and the regions have to be at the center of it. The European institutions have to take into account the role and capacity of the regions in facing the crisis and its aftermath, because they know their own ecosystems and the needs of the different sectors.  4ME Regions will present their strategies for recovery.

Website: eu.gencat.cat

How to register: Via mail activitats.ue.exi@gencat.cat

Contact: Mireia Solé LLort, msole.llort@gencat.cat

UAEU Partnerships in the spotlight

When: 13/10/2020 14:00 - 17:00 CET
Organiser: European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) EGTC on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) EGTC in cooperation with the URBAN Intergroup at the European Parliament are pleased to announce a Policy Lab that will focus on the Urban Agenda for the EU (UAEU) Partnerships while contributing to all three EWRC thematic priorities. The key objective is to promote the UAEU Partnerships' achievements among a broader audience and to foster an action-oriented exchange.

Website: https://www.eukn.eu/news/detail/eukn-event-urban-agenda-for-the-eu-partnerships-in-the-spotlight/

How to register: Use the following link https://eveeno.com/UAEU-Partnerships

Contact: Lea Scheurer, lea.scheurer@eukn.eu

Healthcare: Let's become partners!

When: 13/10/2020 14:00 - 17:00 CET
Organiser: Liège University and the APPS Consortium
Virtual venue: Liège, Belgium

The "Patient-as-Partner approach to healthcare" project provided a better understanding of how the transition to a more participatory approach to healthcare could take place in the Greater Region (involvement and active participation of patients at different levels of the healthcare system + training of healthcare professionals + research). The presentation of the APPS White Paper, a collective popularisation work resulting from this research, will be followed by a debate with the audience.

Website: www.patientpartner.org

How to register: Please register via this link www.patientpartner.org/colloquium - Virtual session is planned (spoken languages: French / German)

Contact: Claire Lepere, claire.lepere@uliege.be

Making the circular transition happen

When: 13/10/2020 09:00 - 17:10 CET
Organiser: Delft University of Technology and the H2020 REPAiR Consortium
Virtual venue: Netherlands, Delft

100 eco-innovative solutions supporting the transition towards the CE, remarkably detailed mapping of waste flows and wastescapes, a multi-dimensional and multiscalar LCA-based sustainable assessment, a transdisciplinary knowledge generation methodology, all developed in co-creational peri-urban living labs with stakeholders in Amsterdam, Naples, Ghent, Hamburg, Łodz and Pécs and supported by an online geodesign-decision-support-environment (GDSE).

Website: http://h2020repair.eu/

How to register: Please register via https://beyondrepair.konfeo.com

Contact: Alexander Wandl, A.Wandl@tudelft.nl

Measuring the circular economy in cities

When: 13/10/2020 13:00 - 14:00 CET
Organiser: Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the OECD
Virtual venue: Cowes, United Kingdom

A circular economy brings numerous opportunities to build thriving cities fit for the 21st century, and indeed, is key to develop frameworks that allow us to establish goals and measure progress.

Based on one of the latest reports by the OECD, this event will look at how cities are measuring their progress towards a circular economy. We will also explore the different drivers and obstacles that cities face, and how they are overcoming them. The event will have two guest speakers, Oriana Romano, OECD Head of Unit for Water Governance and Circular Economy, and Janet Ågren, the Deputy Mayor of the City Umea in Sweden, one of the cities that was a case study for the OECD’s report.


Website: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/live-online-events

How to register: There is no need to register for this event. This event will be an episode in season 2 of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's weekly Explore the Circular Economy Show. The event is streamed live on Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. The various links can be posted on the event website. 

Contact: pressoffice@emf.org

Green innovation, public procurement

When: 13/10/2020 10:00 - 12:00 CET
Organiser: Ayuntamiento de Las Rozas de Madrid
Virtual venue: Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain

The promotion of green innovation public procurement is part of Las Rozas City Council's commitment to make innovation the basis of the municipality's development strategy. The aim is to present in a webinar the identified environmental challenges to the market: urban waste, wildlife, pollution and water management. This will enable us to create an early demand map within the framework of the actions set out in the sustainability strategy, promoting eco-innovation in the business ecosystem.

Website: https://www.lasrozas.es/urbanismo-conservacion-y-medio-ambiente

How to register: Web form

Contact: JAIME SANTAMARTA, jsantamarta@lasrozas.es

New support programs for Food & Gastronomy SME’s

When: 14/10/2020 16:00 - 18:00 CET
Organiser: Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch
Virtual venue: s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

Gastronomy, European local and regional food heritage, contributes to economic development, cultural heritage, tourism and sustainability. Gastronomy contributes to the EU Food to Fork approach and boosts regional food supply chains. The specificity of the regional gastronomy and food production/supply sector requires dedicated and proactive local and regional policies. Action plans are thus produced in close cooperation with stakeholders. These plans will be presented and can be discussed.

Website: www.interregeurope.eu/eurega

How to register: https://zoom.us/j/92185990909

Contact: J.H. (Sjef) de Pont, s.depont@s-hertogenbosch.nl

Green Deal opportunities for rural areas

When: 14/10/2020 12:30 - 14:00 CET
Organiser: P10 (Dutch Network of Rural Municipalities)
Virtual venue: Beetsterzwaag - The Netherlands

This session focuses on the opportunities the European Green Deal measures offer to the liveability and attraction of rural areas. Two or three key note speeches will be followed by a plenary discussion.

Website: www.p-10.nl

How to register: Send an e-mail to piet.brouwer@opsterland.nl

Contact: Piet Brouwer, piet.brouwer@opsterland.nl

Minority languages in the digital age

When: 14/10/2020 13:00 - 14:00 CET
Organiser: Mid-Norway European Office
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

The event will promote the development and use of minority languages in Europe. It will build on a submitted Erasmus+ project application, which seeks to empower teachers and community members in leading the enhancement of curricula so as to make use of local resources and digital methods to create arenas where the language can be actively used. Our intention is to start a European dialogue about available digital teaching materials to keep endangered languages alive.

Website: https://mid-norway.no/

How to register: Please register here.

Contact: Randi Johanne Hoseth, randi.hoseth@mid-norway.no