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.

Post-industrial cities & the green economy

When: 20/10/2020 14:30 - 16:00 CET
Organiser: Municipality of Baia Mare
Virtual venue: Baia Mare, Romania

This event explores how small and medium-sized post-industrial cities can successfully cope with the emerging environmental and economic realities. Presentations will provide three advanced best practices on nature-based solutions and sustainable land-use for local economies and brownfield redevelopment, including Baia Mare’s Urban Innovative Actions project SPIRE – Smart Post-Industrial Regenerative Ecosystem. A moderated panel discussion and interactive session with the audience will follow.

Website: www.spire.city

How to register: Zoom Registration Form https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtcOyuqTwiGdGro1T6XTVs0Zw9KREuNFR_

Contact: Dorin Miclaus, dorin.miclaus@baiamare.ro

Carbon neutral Scenarios and the role of Hydrogen

When: 20/10/2020 16:00 - 17:30 CET
Organiser: Berenschot
Virtual venue: Utrecht, The Netherlands / Brussels, Belgium

The energy transition involves large changes for the energy system. Berenschot calculated climate-neutral energy scenarios for the Netherlands in 2050, with different pathways to achieve carbon neutrality. During this webinar, Bert den Ouden will explore these scenarios and especially the role of Hydrogen in the context of EU regions. Next, a high-level panel will reflect upon the four scenarios, the role of hydrogen and key challenges of the energy transition for the Benelux region.

Website: https://www.berenschot.com/news/2020/webinar-carbon-neutral/

How to register: https://www.berenschot.com/general/registration-form-seminar/?reload=true

Contact: Julie Alderding, j.alderding@berenschot.nl

LOW-CARB pilot schemes and innovations

When: 21/10/2020 10:00 - 10:00 CET
Organiser: Wolfgang Backhaus
Virtual venue: Cologne, Germany

LOW-CARB presents its pilot schemes that advance low-carbon cities, mobility and sustainable mobility planning in Central European regions. They are: Reachie – How to plan for company-based mobility management in the Leipzig North Area (LVB); Finding ways to make the hybrid bus line permanent (City of Skáwina); [Cargo] Bike-Sharing in Kraków (ZTP); Smart bus station (City of Koprivnica); Selected measures for company-based mobility management in Szeged (SZKT). 

Website: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/LOW-CARB-eventsbulletin.html

How to register: Please register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3419147320181181968

Contact: Saydrina Govender, s.govender@rupprecht-consult.eu

SmarTomorrow - codesign greener future

When: 21/10/2020 12:00 - 14:30 CET
Organiser: IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

Beyond showcasing best practices, the event will provide a unique meeting opportunity for innovators in the energy sustainability and digital innovation field to gather, exchange and co-design creative solutions in the regions. The event will disseminate ideas for Smart Villages in Europe and ultimately contribute to balancing urban and rural possibilities for all Europeans. Participants will exploit the potential of ICT technologies for economic and social opportunities in rural areas.

Website: http://www.irradiare.com/

How to register: http://go.irradiare.com/20201021-EWRC-SmarTomorrow

Contact: Kamila Olchowicz, kamila.olchowicz@irradiare.com

European cohesion for local businesses

When: 21/10/2020 11:00 - 12:30 CET
Organiser: Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency
Virtual venue: Bucharest, Romania

In these uncertain times, The Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency (ADRBI) invites you to join this session for a discussion on future funding opportunities in Romania, including for SMEs in Bucharest-Ilfov Region. ADRBI will be a managing authority for the next Regional Operational Programme 2021-27 in Bucharest-Ilfov and plans to prioritise also SMEs, research, innovation and digitalisation domains. We invite representatives of European institutions, regional practitioners, and SMEs from Bucharest-Ilfov Region to understand this better.

Website: www.adrbi.ro

How to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuduivqDkjGNek-NR1lk7F7Hxf4gO5Icyh

Contact: Liviu Rancioaga, liviu.rancioaga@adrbi.ro

Crafts in fashion for a greener Europe

When: 21/10/2020 15:00 - 16:30 CET
Organiser: Budapest Enterprise Agency
Virtual venue: Budapest, Hungary

Traditional crafts support the fashion industry for a greener Europe! Why are crafts inherently sustainable and why could they be a stable basis for the circular economy? Participants will learn the answers and get an insight into good practices from different regions through this free online event. The ongoing Interreg Europe CRAFTS CODE project will be introduced and speakers at EU, city, stakeholder and crafts level will contribute. The event will end with a networking session.

Website: http://bvk.hu/budapest-enterprise-agency/

How to register: By e-mail

Contact: Mónika Alíz Mészáros, meszaros.monika@bvk.hu

Urban manufacturing for the 21st century

When: 21/10/2020 11:00 - 13:00 CET
Organiser: Cities of Making
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

Manufacturing is still a vital aspect of urban life in Europe. Many cities are attracted to it for innovation, to address the circular economy or provide a diversity of jobs. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how cities depended on local manufacturers. Yet the sector is weak, affected by the likes of real estate prices and friction with other land uses, like housing. This workshop will present a tool developed to facilitate urban manufacturing, developed in the (JPI) Cities of Making project.

Website: www.citiesofmaking.com

How to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-manufacturing-for-the-21st-century-tickets-119340816595

Contact: Adrian Hill, hello@citiesofmaking.com

Local governments' biodiversity action

When: 21/10/2020 12:30 - 13:00 CET
Organiser: South African Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries & European Committee of the Regions & ICLEI & Expertise France
Virtual venue: online

The event will present the project "Catalysing Local Government Action Post 2020 for Global Biodiversity Framework" as part of the EU-SA Strategic Partnership. The project includes a dialogue that will enable the participating South African district municipalities and eights metros to engage with their EU counterparts on the role and contributions of local governments in achieving national and global biodiversity targets, and strategies for raising ambition and advancing uptake/implementation.

Website: tbc

How to register: tbc

Contact: Roberto RINALDI, roberto.rinaldi@cor.europa.eu

Five years of the Under2 Coalition

When: 21/10/2020 14:00 - 15:00 CET
Organiser: The Climate Group
Virtual venue: London, United Kingdom

The Under2 Coalition brings together more than 220 governments which represent over 1.3 billion people and 43% of the global economy. Its projects are designed for state and regional governments, to support them in keeping global temperature rises to well below 2°C with efforts to achieve 1.5°C, from climate transparency to transport, industry and diplomacy. Tune in to listen to its latest global projects and find out how regions can join.

How to register: A registration link will be shared in due course

Contact: Virginia Bagnoli, vbagnoli@theclimategroup.org

S3 key to achieving a European Green Deal

When: 21/10/2020 10:00 - 11:30 CET
Organiser: Regional Ministry for Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society
Virtual venue: Alicante, Spain

S3 is a powerful tool for promoting changes in economic model and provides a smart governance system which will succesfully implement the Green Deal objectives.

The event will bring together high-level speakers from the public sector, as well as expert stakeholders from universities, technological centres and private companies, who will share practical experiences and advances in the application and development of policies to foster decarbonisation related to S3. For programme please see https://bit.ly/3k5qiyK.

Website: http://www.innova.gva.es

How to register: http://www.europedirect.gva.es/es/formulari-activitats-on-line

Contact: Sonia Tirado, tirado_son@gva.es

Greening EU-Ukraine integration

When: 21/10/2020 14:30 - 16:00 CET
Organiser: East European Association for the Development of the Hydrogen Economy, HydrogenBridge
Virtual venue: Kiyv / Ukraine, with livestream

The event theme is Sustainability as a vehicle for EU-Ukraine Integration. Speakers will include the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and a high-profile EU representative; we will present best practice in Ukrainian cross-border economic innovations in sustainable agriculture, energy, advanced manufacturing and transport. We will close with an expert discussion including AEBR/AGEG on cross-border cooperation and sustainability as cornerstones of EU integration.

Website: www.hydrogenbridge.org, www.sustainable-ukraine.eu

How to register: Registration will be via a bespoke link to the Sustainable Ukraine virtual platform which we will use for all (virtual) activities during EWRC Green Week.

Contact: Yevgen Mykhalchenko, ym@hydrogenbridge.org

Mega-regions - old concept, new role?

When: 21/10/2020 13:00 - 15:30 CET
Organiser: Deltametropolis Association
Virtual venue: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

How can the mega-regions contribute towards fundamental changes in urban transitions and sustainable green recovery? A number of cross-border mega-regions (like Eurodelta) have emerged, along with cross-border institutions addressing their situations, dimensions and factors. This event focuses on emergencies and opportunities for addressing the European Green Deal, encouraging strong collaboration between cities. Partners: ISOCARP, METREX and WRI.

Website: https://deltametropool.nl/

How to register: Registration Link https://mailing.deltametropool.nl/newsubscriber?event_id=810

Contact: Alankrita Sarkar, alankrita.sarkar@deltametropool.nl

CILIFO project - firefighting solutions

When: 21/10/2020 17:00 - 19:00 CET
Organiser: Fundación Delegación Fundación Finnova
Virtual venue: Córdoba, Spain

The event is a training day on financial opportunities for environmental projects, innovation in the forest fire sector, circular economy and promotion of innovative solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change in the Alentejo – Algarve – Andalusia Euroregion. The focus is on biodiversity and how it can help to protect, restore and sustainably manage nature, leaving space for it to recover from forest fire and prosper.

Website: www.cilifo.eu

How to register: An online event (Zoom) with all the information will be created for registration

Contact: Beatriz Martínez, beatriz.martinez@finnova.eu

A social future for the best Europe

When: 22/10/2020 09:00 - 10:30 CET
Virtual venue: Valencia, Spain

After the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU Member States will need a stronger social protection system, where social rights should be a key factor in recovery and a main subject of the debate on the Future of Europe. Promoting and safeguarding the European Pillar has to be a key tool for ensuring economic recovery and reconstruction at all levels. The debate will be supported by Europe Direct Comunitat Valenciana and organisations such as trade unions will be invited.

Website: http://www.presidencia.gva.es/es/web/dg-relaciones-ue

How to register: The on-line link to the debate will be provided after receiving the registration form.

Contact: Ana Enguídanos, enguidanos_ana@gva.es

Future cooperation building on results

When: 22/10/2020 10:30 - 12:00 CET
Organiser: Interreg IPA CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro programme
Virtual venue: Bari, Italy

The main objective of the working session is to promote examples of results achieved during the 2014-20 period, which the 2021-27 Interreg IPA CBC Italy-Albania-Montenegro programme may capitalise on. Using an interactive methodology, participants will discuss 2014-20 achievements, to be capitalised on to meet the Specific Objectives of the 2021-27 period.

By the end of the session, participants will have a joint understanding of cooperation achievements to be used for the 2021-2027 programming period.

Website: www.italy-albania-montenegro.eu

How to register: https://forms.gle/BvxR7w1QZ7iMeVJv9

Contact: Ileana Inglese, i.inglese.js@regione.puglia.it

Green urban actions

When: 22/10/2020 10:00 - 16:00 CET
Organiser: Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia, IPoP – Institute for Spatial Policy and the Community of Municipalities of Slovenia.
Virtual venue: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Let's strengthen our knowledge about green partnerships of the Urban agenda for the EU among European cities and municipalities. Together with representatives of municipalities across Europe, we will discuss solutions for cities on how they can successfully adapt and respond to climate change. This will be one of the preparatory events for Slovenia in the run-up to its Presidency in 2021. The event is organised for representatives of municipalities, cities, professionals, ministries, NGOs, etc.

Website: https://ipop.si/en/green-urban-actions/

How to register: Registrations will be open soon on the event website.

Contact: Petra Očkerl, petra.ockerl@ipop.si