European Week of Regions and Cities
7-10 OCTOBER 2019 Brussels

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 Brussels to discuss EU Cohesion Policy. Every year, a number of side events take place around the event in Brussels. Side event organisers are responsible for their event and its organisation.

“Protocollo ITACA” - building a culture of change towards environmental sustainability in construction

When: 09/10/2019 14:00 - 17:00
Organiser: Marche Region and ITACA (Italian institute for innovation and transparency of procurement and the environmental compatibility)
Venue: Marche Region Bruxelles Delegation Office, Rond Point Schuman 14 (7th floor), 1040 Bruxelles

The Protocollo ITACA is a tool for assessing and verifying the level of energy and environmental performances of buildings. In July 2019, the prassi di riferimento UNI/PdR 13:2019 "Environmental sustainability in construction - Operational tools for assessing sustainability“ (Reg EU 1025/2012) updated with the introduction of the Minimum Environmental Criteria stated by the Italian Ministerial Decree of 11 October 2017 was published. The Italian Working Group intends to bring the topics, outcomes and objectives of the process and promote a discussion between experts at international level with the aim of aligning the past results to future prospects for an effective implementation of energy, environmental and climate change policies.

Website: http://www.regione.marche.it/Regione-Utile/Energia/Protocollo-ITACA

How to register: sdvanced registration is not mandatory, maximum capacity 100 seats, for reservations send an e-mail to energia@regione.marche.it

Contact: Lorenzo Federiconi, lorenzo.federiconi@regione.marche.it

Roger Léron Award 2019 Ceremony

When: 09/10/2019 18:00 - 21:00
Organiser: FEDARENE
Venue: Rue Royale 2-4, 1000 Bruxelles

The Roger Léron Award celebrates outstanding contributions to the development of sustainable energy at the EU, local and regional level. The prize, established in 2014 by FEDARENE, is named in memory of Roger Léron, a pioneer of regional energy development in Europe and one of FEDARENE’s founders. The aim is to acknowledge the creativity, motivation, leadership and strategic vision within the wide field of sustainable energy on a local and regional level in Europe. 2019 already marks the 5th anniversary of the Roger Léron Award.

Website: https://www.fedarene.org/events/roger-leron-award-ceremony

How to register: https://www.fedarene.org/events/roger-leron-award-ceremony

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

Turning your Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan into a strategic investment plan

When: 09/10/2019 09:00 - 16:00
Organiser: Covenant of Mayors Office, H2020 PROSPECT, CDC
Venue: bip.Brussels, rue Royale 2-4, Brussels, 1000 Brussels

Having objectives and a sustainable energy and climate action plan is great. Making them happen is more challenging. However, city energy managers still find it difficult to: • Convince politicians that energy and climate measures should be on top of the political agenda, • Translate the SECAP into a strategic investment plan, • Mobilise public and private financial resources and develop innovative financing schemes. Do you face the same challenges? Join us, get trained and network with your peers and financing institutions who will share their own strategies. Agenda: http://bit.ly/2jYtemS

Website: https://www.h2020prospect.eu/about/news-events/93-event-oct-9-turn-your-action-plan-into-a-strategic-investment-plan

How to register: https://secap-investment-plans.eventbrite.co.uk/

Contact: Elodie Bossio, elodie.bossio@fedarene.org

The future of European regions and cities: innovative public-private partnerships for European funding

When: 09/10/2019 10:00 - 12:00
Organiser: Startup Europe Accelerator
Venue: Rue de la Science 14b, 1040 Bruxelles

Workshop about how to access, through a public-private collaboration, European Funding programmes (H2020, Horizon Europe). The workshop will provide the example of the StartUp Europe Awards as a public-private methodology that helps create this type of partnership to access these programmes. For that purpose, it will hold a round table with its success cases in the Best Public Administration category, bringing the winning representants from Budapest, Gaia, Lisbon, Galicia, Malaga and Seville to explain their cases and encourage others.

Website: http://startupeuropeawards.eu/

How to register: search on "Eventbrite" for the information and registration

Contact: Juan Manuel Revuelta, juanmarevuelta@finnova.eu

The good practices of territorial cohesion and prevention of organised crime for a more united and fairer Europe

When: 09/10/2019 17:00 - 19:00
Organiser: Libera.Associations, names and numbers against mafias
Venue: CIA - Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori, RUE PHILIPPE LE BON 46, 1000 Bruxelles

How Regions and Cities can improve their urban and regional policies to create a European space of democratic legality for all citizens? Thanks to the promotion of social economy based on the public re-use of confiscated assets and the implementation of common actions of prevention against organized crime and corruption, the European network CHANCE - Civil Hub Against orgaNised Crime in Europe - promoted by Libera and different European civil society's associations, want to underline the importance to collaborate among Citizens’ and Regions and Cities for social justice.

Website: www.libera.it

How to register: send an e-mail to international@libera.it

Contact: Giulia Baruzzo, international@libera.it

Themes and peculiarities of the European island territories

When: 09/10/2019 14:30 - 16:30
Organiser: Regione Siciliana
Venue: Rue Belliard, 1040 Bruxelles

European perspective on specific types of territories, territorial cohesion and sustainability, islands' characteristics as permanent obstacles to growth, islands’ policy in order to exploit islands' characteristics.

Website: http://pti.regione.sicilia.it/portal/page/portal/PIR_PORTALE/PIR_LaStrutturaRegionale/PIR_PresidenzadellaRegione/PIR_UfficioBruxelles

How to register: send an e-mail to ufficiodibruxelles@regionesiciliana.be

Contact: Leonardo Di Giovanna, ufficiodibruxelles@regionesiciliana.be

Shift2Rail Workshop on Regional Cooperation

When: 09/10/2019 12:30 - 17:30
Organiser: Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU)
Venue: Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, Avenue de la Toison d’Or 56-60, 1060 Brussels

During the European Week of Regions & Cities, the S2R JU will hold an information workshop to promote cooperation between the S2R JU and European regions. The aim is to encourage participation of regional business with the JU by seeking synergies between the JU funds and the European Structural & Investment (ESI) funds. The targeted participants are S3 coordinators from identified countries/regions (thus far 22 from EU-28 member states); Representatives from regional EU offices in Brussels from 22 identified regions; SRG members or rail transport and innovation contact points from EU-28.

Website: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/WorkshopOnRegionalCooperation

How to register: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/WorkshopOnRegionalCooperation

Contact: Caroline KEARNEY. caroline.kearney@s2r.europa.eu

Portuguese Initiative for the Vitality of Smaller Cities

When: 09/10/2019 09:30 - 12:30
Organiser: Portuguese Intermunicipal Communities
Venue: Rue de Toulouse 47, 1040 Brussels

The post-2020 cohesion policy reform is already the subject of debate among several stakeholders. One issue being discussed is that of the insufficient support for the EU's sparsely populated/underpopulated areas. Considering this, 6 Portuguese Intermunicipal Communities created the ‘VITALITY OF SMALLER EUROPEAN CITIES POLICY PACT’, a document contributing to improving innovation policy making for the benefit of small cities in their territory. As a result, this working session will promote an open discussion about strategies that can be implemented in small cities and sparsely territories.

Website: https://inova.business/en/blog/2019/09/05/inova-in-the-european-week-of-regions-and-cities/

How to register: https://vitality-of-smaller-cities.eventbrite.co.uk

Contact: Chiara Frencia, chiara.frencia@inova.business

What role for regional policies in an unequal Europe?

When: 09/10/2019 08:40 - 13:00
Organiser: European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) / Scotland House Brussels
Venue: Scotland House, Rond Point Schuman 6, 1040 Brussels

The EPRC will mark the European Week of Regions and Cities with the 40th Anniversary Conference of the European Regional Policy Research Consortium (EoRPA) at Scotland House Brussels. Professor John Bachtler, Director of the EPRC, will be joined by Derek Mackay, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Jerzy Kwiecinski, the Polish Minister of Investment and Economic Development and others for a discussion on the role of regional policies in an unequal Europe.

Website: https://portal.scotlandeuropa.com/event-listings/view/102

How to register: https://portal.scotlandeuropa.com/event-listings/view/102

Contact: matthew.broadbent@scotent.co.uk

Greener and Healthier Futures for the European Regions of Gastronomy

When: 09/10/2019 15:00 - 20:30
Organiser: IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism)
Venue: Claridge Events, Chaussée de Louvain 24, 1210 Bruxelles

A moderated discussion with key policy-makers and experts from awarded and candidate European Regions of Gastronomy. Focussing on policies and practices from the European Regions of Gastronomy that support local greener and healthier development and the vital role of local gastronomy in sustainable growth. Discussion topics will include: landscape and local products; good food for everyone; food and well-being; the role of bee populations for our future. The event will highlight the outstanding efforts of the European Regions of Gastronomy to drive forward key environmental action.

Website: www.igcat.org, www.europeanregionofgastronomy.org

How to register: send an e-mail to f.toccoli@igcat.org

Contact: Fabrizia Toccoli, f.toccoli@igcat.org

El turismo cultural: una oportunidad para el desarrollo sostenible de las zonas rurales y la lucha contra la despoblación

When: 09/10/2019 10:00 - 12:00
Organiser: Finnova Foundation
Venue: Rue de la Science, 14b, 1040 Bruxelles

During the event, members of NAPOCTEP and EU officials will explain how cultural tourism linked to the historic heritage of central Portugal and the region of Castilla y León can provide an opportunity for sustainable economic development, job creation and population fixation. These areas have a serious problem of depopulation and ageing, yet they also have a very rich heritage due to the French invasion. This heritage cannot be relocated and allows the supply to be deseasonalised and the monoculture of sun and beach to be broken.

Website: http://napoctep.eu/

How to register: Search on "Eventbrite" for the information and registration

Contact: Juan Manuel Revuelta Pérez, juanmarevuelta@finnova.eu

Energy Storage & Management Solutions - A greener Europe

When: 09/10/2019 09:00 - 13:30
Organiser: Think East Netherlands
Venue: Kortenberglaan 4, 1000 Brussels

Energy storage will play an increasingly important role in the transformation to a fully sustainable and clean supply of energy. This seminar brings together EU officials with regional and national stakeholders to share views, policy, innovations and best practices. Eight companies from the East Netherlands Region will present their solutions for energy storage and management.

The themes of the seminar are: 1) mobility-related solutions; 2) hydrogen; 3) batteries.

Website: https://thinkeast.nl/energy-storage-management-solutions/

How to register: https://thinkeast.nl/energy-storage-management-solutions/

Contact: Karolien de Bruine, ahern@icoda.eu

Fostering Sustainable Tourism in the Mediterranean Region

When: 09/10/2019 09:00 - 13:00
Organiser: Adriatic Ionian Euroregion
Venue: Brussels Office of Tuscany Region, Rond Point Schuman 14, 1040 Brussels

The event has the objective of triggering the discussion on the importance of a sustainable approach in European tourism, with a special focus on the Mediterranean area and the next programming period. The MED Sustainable Tourism Community will showcase the achievements of its ETC projects in fostering sustainable tourism, as well as to present policy paper and factsheets. The event will have a debate among speakers representing EU institutions, public authorities, tourism public actors and will gather representatives of the MED Sustainable Tourism Community.

Website: https://sustainable-tourism.interreg-med.eu/news-events/events/detail/actualites/fostering-sustainable-tourism-in-the-mediterranean-region/

How to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkQbcBD23LYCY62G0cNdJOGPmC4HOkOX0o77IYAdCrQRXhpg/viewform

Contact: Andrea DI GIROLAMO, a.digirolamo@adriaticionianeuroregion.eu

Equitable and resilient access to the benefits of green and blue infrastructure

When: 09/10/2019 09:30 - 18:00
Organiser: ENABLE project with the support of ICLEI ES and IUCN Europe
Venue: Palais des Académies, rue Ducale 1, Brussels

Cities and researchers will investigate how the benefits of green and blue infrastructure can help in tackling urban socio-ecological challenges. Together they will look at how cities can ensure that all urban dwellers have just and equitable access to these benefits, that they are distributed fairly across urban landscapes, and that they contribute to human well-being and improve quality of life. Speakers from the cities of Barcelona (tbc), Oslo, Stockholm (tbc), Lodz and Halle, ENABLE researchers and other external speakers will share experiences and insights at this interactive conference.

Website: http://projectenable.eu/

How to register: https://form.jotformeu.com/91811701051344

Contact: Shreya Utkarsh, shreyautkarsh@iclei.org

Hubs for Circularity (H4C) - Process Industries, Regions and Cities Deploying Circular Economy at Scale

When: 09/10/2019 09:30 - 13:00
Organiser: A.SPIRE aisbl, Climate KIC and EIT Raw Materials
Venue: EIT House, Rue Guimard 7, 1040 Brussels

This session will present SPIRE’s H4C to a broader audience that includes representatives of regional authorities, clusters, regional initiatives and so on. Through a set of guided questions, we will facilitate a discussion about the concept and modelling of H4C, the scope and common characteristics for existing and new hubs, conditions for implementation, co-investment framework that needs to be put in place, impact monitoring and success criteria. Synergies between the H4C model and the EIT KICs activity will be explored in terms of the existing portfolio of action and further opportunities.

Website: www.spire2030.eu/news

How to register: search on "Eventbrite" for the information and registration

Contact: Evelina Paunksnyte, epa@spire2030.eu

A Smart Regions Agenda for Europe: A networked university's perspective

When: 09/10/2019 14:00 - 16:00
Organiser: European Consortium of Innovative Universities
Venue: Rue d'Arlon 22, 1050 Brussels

Many European regions are characterised by a mixture of some tens of municipalities dispersed across a rural environment: “rurban regions”. The differences between the rurban and urban regions can be significant, yet we see that digitalisation plays an important role in the space of solutions for a myriad of problems, generally leading to the notion of "smartness". This agenda is meant to be a starting point for rurban-oriented policies driven by digitalisation, motivated by the many opportunities provided by European rurban regions and their importance for European competitiveness.

Website: https://www.eciu.org/news/a-smart-regions-agenda-for-europe-a-networked-universitys-perspective

How to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf98JZNPjuP2W4QMGDwAvGD-MzDrLOx-ufCyQRaweQto-BfIQ/viewform

Contact: Olga Wessels, olga.wessels@eciu.org

Circular Innovations for household Waste: Stimulating the Circular Economy for Textiles and Organic waste

When: 09/10/2019 09:00 - 12:00
Organiser: Cleantech Region, Region of Twente and ACR+
Venue: Renaissance Hotel, Parnassusstraat 19, 1050 Brussels

Cities and regions play a crucial role in the transition towards a Circular Economy. The Eastern Netherlands regions Twente and Cleantech Region have ambitious programmes aimed at reducing and reusing household waste. How does Europe facilitate and stimulate these projects and how can regions across Europe work together to close the loop and upscale textiles and organic waste?

Website: http://acrplus.org/en/events/upcoming-events/event/425-circular-innovations-for-household-waste-stimulating-the-circular-economy-for-textiles-electronics-and-organic-waste

How to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OmBkXM_KeE6BN5FSknQ1Dfec_HauxN1l6y8aoleUhUs/edit

Contact: Matthijs Peters, mn.peters@apeldoorn.nl

Linking the European level with the regional and local

When: 09/10/2019 10:00 - 11:00
Organiser: Linking the Levels Unit of the EPRS, European Parliament
Venue: The Square

In the multilevel European Union, connecting the various levels has become crucial. European Parliament is active in outreach and two-way communication with the regional and local level governmental organisations in the EU. Come find out how you too can be in regular contact with the European Parliament!

Website: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/at-your-service/en/stay-informed/research-and-analysis

How to register: send an e-mail to EPRS-LinkingLevels@europarl.europa.eu

Contact: Jivka GANEVA, Jivka.GANEVA@ep.europa.eu

Hydrogen 4 Climate Change

When: 09/10/2019 14:00 - 19:00
Organiser: EC DG GROW together with Hydrogen Europe
Venue: Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Bruxelles

Significant conference to kick-start Hydrogen Economy to support Climate Action.

Website: www.hydrogen4climateaction.eu

How to register: https://scic.ec.europa.eu/ew/register/dgscic/Hydrogen_Action_Day_9_October_2019_Brussels/

Contact: Christian WEINBERGER, christian.weinberger@ec.europa.eu

CIRCuIT - CIRcular CIties Transition needs - stakeholder workshop

When: 10/10/2019 10:00 - 16:00
Organiser: VITO
Venue: EIT House, rue Guimard 7, 1000 Brussels

The CIRCuIT project, funded by EIT RawMaterials, assesses the needs of cities in their transition to circularity. In this stakeholder workshop, the needs analysis will be discussed with key stakeholder organisations, cities and researchers. Lessons learned from previous projects will be gathered to establish a set of priority issues that are essential in the implementation of circularity at city level. The results will provide strategic guidance to EIT RawMaterials in the development of its ambition to support innovation.

Website: https://info.vito.be/circuit-stakeholder-workshop

How to register: https://info.vito.be/circuit-stakeholder-workshop

Contact: Karl Vrancken, karl.vrancken@vito.be

Building Climate Neutral Cities

When: 10/10/2019 08:30 - 11:00
Organiser: Cities for Climate Neutrality
Venue: Bristol and Bath Brussels Office, Rue du Trone 108, 1050 Brussels

The Commission’s communication Clean Planet for All presents a long-term vision for a climate neutral economy by 2050. Many of the environmental challenges are often visible in our cities, but it is also here that solutions are often developed. Cities are therefore key in meeting EU's environmental challenges. The seminar will highlight how cities in different ways can contribute to the goal of a climate neutral EU. During the session the five cities: Bristol, Gothenburg, Lyon, Oslo and Utrecht will present their ambitious work in the field of climate adaptation.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-climate-neutral-cities-tickets-64668714867

How to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-climate-neutral-cities-tickets-64668714867

Contact: Caroline Eriksson, caroline.eriksson@cityhall.goteborg.se

2027 FIREFIGHTING AND CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE: EU FUNDING for PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

When: 10/10/2019 10:00 - 12:00
Organiser: Finnova Foundation
Venue: Rue de la Science, 14b, 1040 Bruxelles

During the event, members of CILIFO and EU officials will introduce the Tractor project, which aims to explain how, through the economic valorization of agricultural, livestock and forest waste, fires can be prevented at provincial and regional levels. Also, during the side event, the Firefighting Startup Europe Awards will be awarded. These are a tool for innovation open to public-private partnerships and aim to reward startups (in both research and implementation phases) that offer solutions for prevention, extinction and recovery from forest fires through  European Union funds.

Website: http://www.poctep.eu/es/2014-2020/cilifo-centro-ib%C3%A9rico-para-la-investigaci%C3%B3n-y-lucha-contra-incendios-forestales

How to register: Search on "Eventbrite" for the information and registration

Contact: Juan Manuel Revuelta Pérez, juanmarevuelta@finnova.eu

Connecting fortification heritage to regional development, target groups and storytelling

When: 10/10/2019 14:00 - 17:00
Organiser: EFFORTS Europe
Venue: Trierstraat / Rue de Trèves 67, 1000 Brussels

Fortified sites, being precious testimony to the collective memory, represent a unique expression of Europe’s connected cultural heritage. They are being discovered as a means of improving region’s and cities’ economic performance and living environments. One of the angles is tourism. How do we present fortified heritage closer to the public? With the collaboration of the Dutch city of Oost-Gelre (Ms Bernou Wagenaar) and others, EFFORTS wants to invite stakeholders to discuss best practices and European collaboration in the fields like target group research and storytelling systems.

Website: www.efforts-europe.eu

How to register: send an e-mail to Rafaël Deroo on info@efforts-europe.eu

Contact: Rafaël Deroo, rafderoo@gmail.cominfo@efforts-europe.eu

URBAN REGENERATION: BEST PRACTICES FOR VITAL EUROPEAN CITY CENTRES

When: 10/10/2019 08:30 - 11:00
Organiser: Confcommercio-Imprese per l'Italia
Venue: EU Parliament - Room A3H1

This event will focus on urban regeneration through public-private partnerships. The promoter is Confcommercio-Imprese per l'Italia, the Italian Confederation of enterprises, professionals and self-employment. The results of the "National Laboratory for Urban Regeneration" in Italy and those of other European urban promotion projects will be presented. The central role of the service sector in urban development will be highlighted and new approaches and methods of public and private collaboration for a social, cultural and economic revival of European urban centres will be discussed.

Website: www.confcommercio.it

How to register: send an e-mail to delegazione@confcommercio.eu

Contact: Veronica Favalli, veronica.favalli@confcommercio.eu

Ensuring Civil Society Participation in Rural Development 2021-2027

When: 10/10/2019 12:30 - 14:30
Organiser: Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) / European LEADER Association for Rural Development (ELARD) / German National Working Group of Local Action Groups (BAG LAG)
Venue: Rue Joseph II 166, 1000 Brussels

The Common Agricultural Policy will face major reforms within the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027. Critics fear that the reform will focus on agricultural measures and could result in a silent loss of funds reserved for rural development. This would mean that important non-agricultural aspects of rural development, such as social infrastructure and grassroots initiatives, would be marginalised. What does the reform really mean for rural development? And what will be the role of civil society and other players, such as church communities, in the delivery of rural development?

Website: www.ekd.eu

How to register: send an e-mail to ulrike.truderung@ekd.eu

Contact: Ulrike Truderung, ulrike.truderung@ekd.eu