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European Week of Regions and Cities

The Joint Research Centre brings science to EU territories during this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities.

Ten insightful sessions, co-organised by the Joint Research Centre and prominent partners, will provide a unique window into the science behind territorial policies. Distinguished speakers will delve into topics ranging from demographic change to Artificial Intelligence for regional innovation and the local future of the EU Green Deal.

The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy.

  • cross-border cooperation | regional policy | regional statistics | regional government | economic and social cohesion | regional and local authorities | local government | regional integration | rural development | regional cooperation | regional development | European territorial cooperation | cross-border dimension
  • Monday 7 October 2024, 09:00 - Thursday 10 October 2024, 19:00 (CEST)
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • External event


  1. 9 Oct 2024, 09:30 - 11:00 (CEST)
    Regional Innovation Valleys – What’s in it for my region?

    In this session, the progress of the Regional Innovation Valleys initiative towards stronger regional ecosystems and cross-border collaborations will be presented, alongside feedback from the territories.

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  2. 09:30 - 10:30 (CEST)
    How to reconcile growth and convergence. Exploring the neglected dilemma of Cohesion Policy

    Can Cohesion Policy promote overall growth while also delivering regional convergence? Where should the balance between the two objectives lie? Hear the views of scholars and experts during this workshop.

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  3. 11:30 - 12:30 (CEST)
    Empowering rural areas through innovation and entrepreneurship

    Innovation and entrepreneurship are key for economic growth – yet not all regions have equal access to them. This workshop will focus on how to foster these opportunities in rural areas of EU and OECD countries.

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  4. 16:30 - 17:30 (CEST)
    Catalysing Sustainable Development: regional Implementation of the SDGs

    This session will offer actionable policy recommendations for the effective monitoring and implementation of the SDGs, and enhance EU regions’ progress towards the achievement of the Global Goals.

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  5. 16:30 - 17:30 (CEST)
    Charting the course: navigating competitiveness and convergence for regions of Europe

    OECD, Eurostat and the JRC will outline global and European trends in competitiveness and economic convergence, zooming in on the interaction between economic and demographic change.

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  6. 10 Oct 2024, 09:30 - 10:30 (CEST)
    The future of the Green Deal is local! Moving from theory to practice

    Cities are responsible for the majority of the European Green Deal policies. This session will offer a suit of practical tools to support cities in identifying priorities in local development plans.

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  7. 09:30 - 11:00 (CEST)
    Unlocking potential: LEADER & EU financial initiatives – bridging divides and empowering communities

    A workshop on how EU and community-led local development initiatives can foster sustainability and well-being in rural areas. The Rural toolkit will also be presented.

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  8. 09:30 - 11:00 (CEST)
    AI - challenges and opportunities for regional innovation and the digital transition

    Artificial Intelligence can be a catalyst for place-based solutions, offering opportunities to boost regional innovation and the digital transition.

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  9. 11:30 - 12:30 (CEST)
    Mapping cross-border interactions along borders: towards a novel Data Hub for EU border regions

    Get a sneak peek of an upcoming Data Hub for border regions, offering comprehensive information on areas including transport, public services, energy, healthcare, and contributing to more competitive and attractive cross-border regions.

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  10. 14:30 - 14:45 (CEST)
    Landscapes of change: the territorial dimension of demographic change and Cohesion Policy

    How can place-based policies help territories address depopulation and adapt to the demographic transition? Learn more in this 15-minute session!

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Practical information

Monday 7 October 2024, 09:00 - Thursday 10 October 2024, 19:00 (CEST)
European Commission, European Committee of the Regions
Brussels, Belgium
Who should attend
Practitioners and policy makers in local governments and EU regions; academia.
European Week of Regions and Cities