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OPEN DAYS European week of Regions and Cities

Sep 8th, 2009 |

In the space of just six years the OPEN DAYS have become a key event at which cities and regions have provided practical evidence of their capacity for creating growth and jobs, implementing European Union cohesion policy in such a way as to achieve the best results.

Conceived and developed by the EU Committee of the Regions and the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional Policy, this communication platform has enlisted loyal support from over 7,000 local, regional, national and European decision-makers success and social integration, cooperation between regions, fruitful partnerships between local and regional authorities and businesses, and centres of excellence with research centres and universities.

The OPEN DAYS 2009 will be held between 5 and 8 October 2009 in Brussels and – throughout the month of October – in the form of local events in places all over Europe. While the Brussels programme will consist of about 100 high-level conferences, seminars and meetings under the responsibility of the organisers and the event partners, the local events offer the opportunity to discuss the OPEN DAYS themes among local organisations and citizens. In October, the European agenda will be particularly suitable for an event of this kind: a new European Parliament will have been elected and a new Commission will be due to take up office. Discussion on the EU’s political priorities, the review of its budget after 2013 and the future of EU cohesion policy will be underway as. Regions and cities will play a major role in the discussions, and the OPEN DAYS will present an ideal framework for them to convey the importance of maintaining forceful, effective cohesion policy which will ensure sustainable development, present research and innovation projects, develop human capital and yield projects for cooperation between regions.

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