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.

Shaping responsible healthcare ecosystems in Europe - Focus on the Cyprus case

When: 11/10/2021 11:00 - 12:00 CET
Organiser: EBN on behalf of the CHERRIES Project
Virtual venue: Online via Zoom

Healthcare in the Republic of Cyprus has been improving substantially with the recent long-anticipated implementation of a comprehensive National Healthcare System, which is set to make the sector more streamlined and cost effective. Major challenges face today’s healthcare system, for which health professionals including public and private hospitals and clinics, must be prepared. This session looks at how Cyprus has answered these challenges in the framework of the CHERRIES project.

Format: Local dialogue

Website: https://www.cherries2020.eu/

How to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvfuGvrjgrG9aq9jC6rX84BjIj46S_1naz

Contact: Covadonga Rayón: covadonga.rayon@ebn.eu

Climate-neutral Europe 2050, goals of the EU Green Deal and the Covenant of Mayors

When: 11/10/2021 13:00 - 16:00 CET
Organiser: Rakvere City Council
Virtual venue: City of Rakvere

Climate-neutral Europe 2050, goals of the EU Green Deal  and the Covenant of Mayors.
The battle against climate change and environmental damage is an urgent issue for the European Union and across the globe. To achieve a better world for us all, we need a strategy where Europe can continue to lead the world on a path to sustainability and climate neutrality. The European Green Deal is the plan to make the European Union's economy sustainable in the face of climate and environmental challenges.

Format: Local dialogue

Website: www.rakvere.ee

How to register: facebook event 

Contact: Andres JAADLA - andres.jaadla@gmail.com


EU-A Coruña challenges within the framework of European Week of Regions and Cities 2021

When: 12/10/2021 10:00 - 12:00 CET
Organiser: A Coruña
Virtual venue: Hybrid event from Brussels

The event is part of European Week of Regions and Cities 2021. It aims to outline the challenges A Coruña (A Coruña Challenges) faces and to identify solutions to these issues. These challenges correspond to the UN SDGs, in particular SDG 3, Good Health and Well-being; SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities; and SDG 13, Climate Action.

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: https://form.jotform.com/212442211245340

How to register: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/EURegionsWeek-SIDE-EVENTS-2021

Contact: Moisés Jorge Naranjo - m.jorge@coruna.es




Growing green: nurturing local initiatives in a changing environment

When: 12/10/2021 10:00 - 12:30 CET
Organiser: Sibiu County Council
Virtual venue: Sibiu, Romania

The event is an open dialogue between county authorities and interested stakeholders about the overall vision of what a Path to a more sustainable future means for #SibiuCounty. The guests will discuss interesting topics about growing a green county where the appetite for outdoor exercise, healthy eating, a balanced lifestyle and the interest in a cleaner, greener environment are key for a future in which Sibiu County will be recognised as a good practice for the green transition.

Format: Local dialogue

Website: www.cjsibiu.ro

How to register:  Please join Teams link:    


Contact: Doris Banciu - doris.banciu@cjsibiu.ro


Cohesion Policy 2021-2027: Creating conditions for success

When: 12/10/2021 10:00 - 12:00 CET
Organiser: Interreg Scale Up project
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

The event will feature a CoR representative (TBC) who will talk about the priorities of the old and new cohesion policies related to SME growth. In addition, two Interreg projects funded by the ERDF through cohesion policy (2014-2020) will be presented. Project representatives will connect their projects to the priorities of the old policy and voice their opinions on how the new policy can continue to support the scaling up and internationalisation of SMEs while recovering from the pandemic. 

Format:Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: https://www.interregeurope.eu/scaleup/events/event/4730/creating-conditions-for-success/

How to register: https://site.evenium.net/cohesion-policy-2021-2027-creating-conditions-for-success/registration 

Contact: Ivana Rae Almora - irae.almora@eurada.org


Social Impact Bonds - a tool for involving private capital in social actions

When: 12/10/2021 14:00 - 15:00 CET
Organiser: Baia Mare Municipality
Virtual venue: Baia Mare, Romania

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a novel tool involving private capital in social service delivery to provide better outcomes, thus generating cost savings. Repayment of these upfront costs depends on savings in future public spending. As such, SIBs stimulate collaboration among social service providers, encourage prevention and strengthen innovation.

This info session explains the concept of SIBs and showcases two examples from two cities participating in the SIBdev Urbact Network.

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: https://urbact.eu/sibdev

How to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87385701972?pwd=eTFyZVJ2MkFJL0ZVNjhVZVI2MUpDZz09

Contact: Dorin Miclaus - miclaus.dorin@gmail.com


Euronews debates: Is it time for healthcare leaders to think outside the hospital?

When: 12/10/2021 15:00 - 15:30 CET
Organiser: Euronews
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium & Paris

euronews debates aim to bring the conversations that matter to the people of Europe. We gather policy makers, business and academics to talk about real issues and real solutions to the challenges faced by all Europeans. The debate will be moderated by a euronews journalist and last for 60 minutes with 15 minutes reserved at the end for questions from the general public. This debate will focus on the issue of transforming healthcare provision to be patient-centric via digital transformation. 

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: https://www.euronews.com/programs/euronews-debates

How to register: https://bit.ly/3iCXSxk 

Youtube streaming link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC0FALfHk2E 

Contact: Niaz Samadizadeh - niaz.samadizadeh@euronews.com


Europe in the making: exercising forms of engagement at local and EU level

When: 13/10/2021 09:30 - 17:00 CET
Organiser: ECIT Foundation
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

The event will focus on opportunities for towns and local authorities in EU cohesion policy and the recovery plan. The objective is to provide European local and regional policy makers, associations and citizens with tools to support their informed participation at EU level. The needs of these target groups will be investigated through a survey prior to the event. The aim is to mobilise citizens across Europe and to serve as a basis for future initiatives between the municipalities involved.

Format: Local dialogue.

Website: https://ecit-foundation.eu/

How to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/europe-in-the-making-exercising-forms-of-engagement-at-local-and-eu-level-tickets-177830715457?fbclid=IwAR2jhKuqDk6-q5uxfKCNw_XH6YFb-Bl5i1IuG1Nbz7uUl_ilQStGRvBcwHg

Contact: Giulia Finotti - info@ecit-foundation.eu


Interreg Europe CYBER: Paving the way to Europe’s digital future

When: 13/10/2021 10:00 - 16:00 CET
Organiser: European Cyber Security Organisation
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

This event aims to celebrate the Interreg Cyber project's achievements and give visibility to the project partners’ regional cybersecurity initiatives. They will be invited to share their good practices and policy experiences with external stakeholders via a matchmaking event. This would serve to inspire audiences to replicate and adapt good practices. Ultimately, communicating the CYBER project’s achievements contributes to the consolidation of the fragmented European cybersecurity market.

Format: Local dialogue

Website: https://www.interregeurope.eu/cyber/

How to register: use the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interreg-europe-cyber-paving-europes-digital-future-tickets-163977544249

Contact: Danilo D'Elia - Danilo.delia@ecs-org.eu


Long-term vision for the EU's rural areas - rural perspectives for sustainable recovery

When: 13/10/2021 10:00 - 12:00 CET
Organiser: European Commission - DG Agriculture and Rural Development
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

Presentation of the Commission Communication on a Long-term Vision for the EU's rural areas, with particular focus on sustainable recovery, rural opportunities and the Rural Action Plan and the role of rural stakeholders in delivering the vision.

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

How to register: https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/long-term-vision-eus-rural-areas-rural-perspectives-sustainable-recovery-2021-oct-13_en 

Contact: Kai Heikkila - kai.heikkila@ec.europa.eu


Boosting the green transition in our provinces

When: 13/10/2021 11:30 - 13:00 CET
Organiser: Partenalia
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

The workshop will look at the commitment of Local Intermediate Authorities to the transition towards sustainable administrations, economies and societies: development and promotion of multimodal sustainable transport (inter-urban and urban-rural/semi-rural areas travel), sustainable management of roads, renovation of buildings to achieve greater energy efficiency, and use of renewables in provincial infrastructure. It will promote inspiring good practices during the new 2021-27 financing period. 

Format: Local dialogue

Website: www.partenalia.eu

How to register: https://partenalia.eu/register/

Contact: Nicolas Reynès - coordination@partenalia.eu


Connectivity to spark rural innovation: Building the Future for Remote Areas

When: 13/10/2021 11:30 - 12:30 CET
Organiser: Vodafone
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

As a follow-up to the virtual event being held on July 6 with European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, organised to discuss the results of the European Commission Long Term Vision for Rural Areas, this follow-up is aimed at giving a closer look at connectivity of remote areas as a crucial tool for the development and well-being of the citizens of Europe.  Strong innovation ecosystems and widespread reliable connectivity are the starting point to build smart villages with public and private players: this is the only opportunity to allow the rural communities to thrive again.

Format: Local dialogue.

How to register: https://www.eu40.eu/events/connectivity-to-spark-rural-innovation/

Rural development: Discussing the future challenges and opportunities for rural areas in the EU

When: 13/10/2021 12:30 - 14:00 CET
Organiser: P10 (Dutch Network of Rural Municipalities)
Virtual venue: Beetsterzwaag - The Netherlands

On 30 June, the European Commission published a new long-term vision for rural areas in the EU. During this event, we will examine the future challenges and opportunities for rural areas in the EU alongside the new vision together with the Dutch network of Rural Municipalities (P10). Issues such as the farm-to-fork strategy and an area-oriented approach to spatial planning and agriculture will also be discussed. 

Theme: Green Transition

Language: english

Virtual platform: tbc

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: www.p-10.nl

How to register: Send an e-mail to ilse.kramer@opsterland.nl

Contact: Ilse Kramer - ilse.kramer@opsterland.nl



Top regional challenges in European higher education

When: 13/10/2021 17:00 - 18:30 CET
Organiser: 4 Motors for Europe
Virtual venue: Barcelona

The last turbulent months have accelerated the need to transform European higher education, and universities across the EU are undergoing significant reforms, looking ahead to define priorities for the next challenges.

The regions of the 4 ME, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Baden-Württemberg, Lombardy and Catalonia have given priority to playing an important role in the reconstruction following the crisis caused by COVID-19 as well as in the further development of higher education institutions.

Format: Local dialogue

Website: https://www.4motors.eu/en/

How to register: events_eu@gencat.cat

Contact: Mireia Solé Llort - msole.llort@gencat.cat



How can cities alleviate energy poverty through renewable energy communities and citizen engagement?

When: 14/10/2021 09:30 - 12:30 CET
Organiser: ICLEI European Secretariat / COME RES / DECIDE / POWERPOOR Projects
Virtual venue: online

Renewable energy communities (RECs) can be the solution for reducing energy bills and including those affected by energy poverty in a just energy transition. This session will focus on how cities are already reaching out to vulnerable citizens and can support them through energy communities. It will seek to explain, through specific examples, why RECs specifically are a powerful tool for citizen engagement and energy poverty alleviation actions. 

Format: Local dialogue

Website: https://iclei-europe.org/

Contact: Arthur Hinsch - arthur.hinsch@iclei.org


BID – The future of urban development

When: 14/10/2021 10:00 - 11:00 CET
Organiser: Gothenburg European Office
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) are making urban development more efficient, green and inclusive across European cities. As systems for collective action, BIDs mobilise resources and key actors operating in local areas to address multi-stakeholder issues. The BID model is a useful tool in the post-covid era, as a tried and true method with wide applicability. This session will showcase the work of European BIDs, and discuss the possibilities, challenges and implementation process.

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: www.goteborg.se/wps/portal/enhetssida/gothenburg-european-office/ 

How to register: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=xVxF35EMJUiRaH-d59KKBeZXDKZrp0dFrLghKnKioH9URTNRWUxOVlJZMTZFMU84VzBHVUUxNEhRVC4u

Contact: Saga Barnard - saga.barnard@gshab.goteborg.se


Good practices and recovery of the craft industry

When: 14/10/2021 10:00 - 11:30 CET
Organiser: Budapest Enterprise Agency
Virtual venue: Budapest, Hungary

Traditional crafts support the fashion industry for a greener Europe but were hit extremely hard by COVID-19. Participants will learn how successful crafts have survived the difficult period 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.

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: www.bvk.hu

How to register: by e-mail: meszaros.monika@bvk.hu

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


Mapping the evolution of active, healthy lifestyles from S3 and beyond

When: 14/10/2021 13:00 - 15:00 CET
Organiser: The Sport & Vitality partnership (ClusSport)
Virtual venue: Rovaniemi, Finland

The side event will provide an overview of the inter-regional achievements in advancing S3 regional policies, and present a virtual tour of European excellences in sport, health and active lifestyles. As Europe embarks on a more sustainable approach to S3 moving to S4, let us discuss the future and the prevalence of I3 in achieving our combined goals and objectives. 

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: https://epsi.eu/clussport/

How to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnuib5hC1JFqVKFSJT_iMJLFe8b0_YfXub6Pv1Q8O-8xXSKA/viewform

Contact: Ben Taylor - ben.taylor@lapinamk.fi


What can Regions and Cities do for up and reskilling with the Pact for Skills?

When: 14/10/2021 14:30 - 16:00 CET
Organiser: European Committee of the Regions - European Commission DG EMPL
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

The event will focus on the Pact for Skills, the latest EU initiative that calls on stakeholders in ecosystems, regions and cities to take action for upskilling and reskilling and reflects the growing interest in skills, as demonstrated in the European Skills Agenda and the action plan on the European Pillar of Social Rights. It also aims to build a shared understanding of the possibilities and challenges of the role of regions and cities in upskilling and reskilling. 

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: What can Regions and Cities do for up and reskilling with the Pact for Skills? (europa.eu)

How to register: cdweb.cor.europa.eu/cn/a8mvl/pactforskills

Contact: Alexandra Bozini - Alexandra.Bozini@cor.europa.eu


COMPET’plus – Smart specialisation strategies and clusters in cross-border regions

When: 15/10/2021 09:30 - 11:00 CET
Organiser: EGTC Euroregion Nouvelle-Aquitaine Euskadi Navarra
Virtual venue: Hendaye, France

How could border regions boost business competitiveness and innovation? The INTERREG POCTEFA Compet’plus project aims to improve business competitiveness & innovation platforms for the strengthening of activities in the cross-border area, the creation of reinforced value chains, and the cooperation between SMEs and driving companies in converging RIS3 areas. The event aims to present and discuss the method and results, with a focus on how it can be used to advance cross-border cooperation. 

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: https://competplus.eu/en/ 

How to register: https://competplus.eu/en/events/registration-for-the-side-event-of-the-european-regions-and-cities-2021/  Participants will receive an e-mail confirmation after successfully completing the registration. At the same time, they will be informed when the link for the zoom meeting will be available.– online translation into Spanish, English, and French will be assured during the side event.

Contact:Leyre Azcona - leyre.azcona@euroregion-naen.eu



Navigating the EU maze to finance recovery: 2021-27 funding for the ecological transition

When: 15/10/2021 14:30 - 16:00 CET
Organiser: UDITE
Virtual venue: Metz

Local authorities are confronted by a maze of EU & national funding opportunities now as part of the recovery programmes. The European Structural & Investment Funds are also being launched for the 2021-27 period. Join local authority Chief Executives in their European and French annual congress online, along with industrial leaders from VEOLIA, to discuss how local authorities across the European Union can make the most of these financing opportunities to deliver the ecological transition.

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

How to register: https://www.udite.eu/eu-regions-and-cities-week Participants will receive an e-mail confirmation after successfully completing the registration. At the same time, they will be informed when the link for the zoom meeting will be available - online translation into English, and French will be assured during the side event.

Contact: Simon Pascoe - simon@udite.eu


Shaping responsible healthcare ecosystems in Europe - Focus on the Murcia case

When: 18/10/2021 11:00 - 12:00 CET
Organiser: EBN on behalf of the CHERRIES Project
Virtual venue: Online via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclc-6tpzktE9XUCnP_u36wPC77Mdi0ftXt

The webinar series involves the three CHERRIES regions. We invite a region to present how it is implementing the CHERRIES methodology and to highlight the stakeholders involved, policies they are looking at and considering influencing, the needs assessment, and the ongoing co-creation phase. This 20-minute presentation will  be followed by an exchange with the other CHERRIES regions and other regions interested in the methodology.

Format: Local dialogue

Website: https://www.cherries2020.eu/

How to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclc-6tpzktE9XUCnP_u36wPC77Mdi0ftXt

Contact: Covadonga Rayón: covadonga.rayon@ebn.eu


A new way to boost the sustainable mobility of the regions: Punch Green Power

When: 19/10/2021 09:00 - 18:00 CET
Organiser: Finnova
Virtual venue: Virtual event; Barcelona, Spain; Brussels, Belgium; Strasbourg, France

Divided into six sessions, the event shows how with cooperation between two EU regions - Catalonia and Flanders - we have developed sustainable solutions on mobility. In Barcelona, Strasbourg and Brussels, we will introduce a new technology that uses hydrogen as a fuel for pickup vehicles, moving a step forward toward achieving climate neutrality. By holding these sessions, we aim to promote the importance of public-private partnerships within EU regions for the economic recovery and green transition.

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: https://finnova.eu/

How to register:  Resgister on this link: punch.finnova.eu

Contact:  Natalia Cediel - natalia.cediel@finnova.eu


How can European cities achieve the green transition through digital twins technologies

When: 19/10/2021 12:30 - 14:30 CET
Organiser: ARPA Consulting
Virtual venue: Brussels, Belgium

European cities use data to make better-informed decisions and speed up the recovery process, adapting socio-economic aid to environmental sustainability. To achieve a more competitive, inclusive and green Europe it is useful to monitor, control and manage the physical side of the city: The City of Things. It could be done by creating a virtual replica of the whole city, a "Digital Twin", to run simulations and allow citizens to visualise alternatives and contribute to the city's green co-creation.

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

Website: https://arpa-eu.com/

How to register: https://arpa-eu.com/en/evento-how-can-european-cities-achieve-the-green-transition-through-digital-twins-technologies/ 

Contact: Rossina  Funes - comm@arpa-eu.com


Sustainable tourism: cohesion and green jobs in Europe’s mountains

When: 19/10/2021 14:00 - 17:00 CET
Organiser: National Delegation of Romania to the European Committee of the Regions
Virtual venue: Cugir, Romania

This conference, hopefully a first in a series, aims at understanding the common challenges and opportunities at grassroots level of the tourism business and its potential for green development and cohesion in mountain areas. The event focuses on the tourism development facet of the Recovery and Resilience Facility and its impact on small mountain towns (with small hospitality businesses, pastoral communities, etc.) on one hand, and consumers/citizens on the other.

Format: Info session (followed by Q&A)

How to register: Registration consists of a short email stating the will to participate addressed to the organiser of the event, Raul Cazan, at rcazan@gmail.com.

Contact: Raul Cazan - rcazan@gmail.com