European Week of Regions and Cities

Nikola Benin, PH.D


Participation in the EWRC is free of charge.
 Registration for Brussels-based seminars is open until 30 September.
 Access to the European Week of Regions and Cities 2017 is upon registration only. Note that no
on-site registration will be accepted
 Group registrations are not possible.
 It is not possible to register several persons with the same e-mail address.
Registration Procedure
 Step 1: Selection of workshops
Go to the workshop agenda page .
You are invited to browse through the agenda of the workshops by day or use the online
« Search » tool to identify the events you may be interested in attending: enter key words,
themes, names of speakers, program codes or dates. Click on each day to see the result of your
Click on the workshop number or the text menu box to read the workshop description.
Then select the workshops you wish to attend by ticking the appropriate box.
Please note: By using the search tool, your selection will be cleared. Don’t use the search
function once you have started your selection or it will be lost.
The number of workshops you can apply for is not restricted.
However, you cannot apply for several workshops taking place at the same moment!
The workshops which are fully booked are indicated with the following symbol:
 Step 2: Application
Once you made your choice of workshop(s), please click on « Apply » in the upper left
corner (do not click on My applications). If you have selected workshops taking place at the
same time, you have to click on the reset button and start a new selection.
On the next page please enter your email address and click on « Submit ».
If you have already completed your personal data on this website previously and if you want to
apply to other workshops, your email address will be recognized by the system and you can skip
step 3. We recommend therefore to use only 1 email address per person for
Please note that it is not possible to register several persons with the same email address.
 Step 3: Personal data.
Fill in your personal data. Please note that you will need to indicate your ID/passport details for
security reasons.
Once the form is completed, click on « Submit ».
 Step 4: Acknowledgement of request(s).
You will receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt of your request(s). Please note that
this automatic message is not a confirmation of participation.
 Step 5: Acceptance/rejection email.
Within 2 weeks after application you will be informed on whether or not you can attend the
selected workshop(s). You will receive a separate email for each request either accepting or
rejecting your application.
The decision to accept or to refuse your request(s) is taken by the organisers of each
workshop and depends on different criteria: e.g. number of available seats, target public,
balanced representation of countries and organisations, etc.
Please check your spam folder regularly.
By clicking on « My Applications » you can always check the status of your requests.
 Step 6: Summary of workshops
Beginning of October you will receive an email with the final list of your applications showing
the status (accepted / rejected).
 Step 7: Final confirmation
One week before the event, you will receive a specific email which includes your accreditation
bar code. Please print this email and show it to the welcome desk to receive your badge (see
During the event, you will need a personal badge for identification and registration
purposes, valid throughout the event. Badges will be handed out from Monday 9
October at two welcome desks:
Committee of the Regions
Rue Belliard 101,
Jacques Delors building
Metro station: Maelbeek (lines 1 and
Opening hours:
Monday 09 October: 09:00 – 18:30
Tuesday 10 October: 08:00 – 18:30
Wednesday 11 October: 08:00 –
Thursday 12 October: 08:00 –
European Commission
Rue de la Loi 170,
Charlemagne building
Metro station: Schuman (lines 1 and
More information
For further information, please contact the Secretariat:
Functional mailbox:
Hotline: +32(0)2 502 06 15


European Week of Action for Girls

Author: Nikola Benin


10-16 October 2016

The European Week of Action for Girls is an annual week-long event which aims to ensure that girls’ empowerment is promoted and their rights are protected and fulfilled in the EU’s external action, through adequate policies, funding and programs.

This year’s edition, taking place from 10-16 October 2016 to coincide with and celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), will put the focus on how the EU should maintain and increase its investments in external action towards the mobilisation of resources and specific budgeting to empowering girls and protecting their rights. The Week of Action 2016 will bring attention to funding gaps, and look to solutions for bridging these gaps, in order to ensure that EU policies are delivering on their commitments and what girls really need.

The movie Driving with Selvi will be screened as part of the Week of Action on Tuesday 11 October in association with CINE ONU. The documentary focuses on South India’s first female taxi driver, a young woman named Selvi who had previously escaped a child marriage.


European Week of Sport

Author: Nikola Benin


Organisational Toolbox

The European Week of Sport organisational toolbox is designed to assist any actor in the European Union and beyond organise and participate in the European Week of Sport.The EWoS Organisational Toolbox comes from a project co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + Sport Programme, led by TAFISA.

Full Project Partners Country Project Partner Website Belgium European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) France French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) Think Tank Sport & Citizenship Germany The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) Greece Ministry of Culture, Education and Religion: General Secretariat of Sports Netherlands Kenniscentrum Sport Poland Polish National Federation Sport for All Portugal Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IPDJ)

Purpose of this document This document is aimed at providing local stakeholders such as provinces, local government areas, municipalities, schools and non-profit organisations with the necessary tools and instruments to participate in and organise a programme or event as part of the EWoS. A successful European Week of Sport campaign must cascade both communication elements and inspiration to the citizens in their local territories. This document is therefore designed to help local stakeholders to organise events as part of the EWoS and ultimately make it accessible to a majority of European citizens. It provides generals tips and advice on how to engage communities and how to communicate and spread the word about the first-ever European wide initiative to inspire European citizens to #BeActive.


European Week of Regions and Cities 2016

Nikola Benin

The European Week of Regions and Cities takes place on 10-13 October 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Registration has just been launched, offering a wide variety of workshops. We invite you to register to events related to the Interreg Europe programme.

Policymaking in 21st century

Date: 11/10/2016 [09:00-10:45]
Location: Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Room 52
Code: 11C03

Policymakers face the challenge of designing and implementing regional policy in an increasingly globalised, complex and interdependent environment. Competing demands come from the ‘bottom’, through increased citizen participation in decision-making; and from the ‘top’ through national and European agendas, focus on smart specialisation and results. With competition for resources tight in many contexts where budgets are being squeezed, policymakers are turning to evidence-based policy to demonstrate effectiveness. The need to collaborate in new networks, find and implement proven solutions, and be open and responsive seems primordial. How effective is cooperating and benchmarking with other European regions in better implementing regional policy? This debate with policymakers and researchers will explore interregional cooperation as a tool in the 21st century policymakers’ toolkit.

Policy learning lab: practical approaches for smart and sustainable regions

Date: 11/10/2016 [14:30-17:00]
Location: Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Atrium 5
Code: 11A49

Do you have ideas on how to improve regional policies in Europe? We should talk! Interreg Europe is setting up Policy Learning Platforms: communities of like-minded policymakers, practitioners and experts working to improve structural funds and other policies. This interactive session will provide insight into the topics covered by platforms – Research and innovation, SME competitiveness, Low-carbon economy and Environment & resource efficiency. Be part of this session and contribute with ideas on particular challenges that platforms should prioritise and what services you would like to use.

Pathways to a circular economy in cities and regions

Date: 12/10/2016 [09:00-11:15]
Location: Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Atrium 5
Code: 12A61

The transition to a circular economy is a priority of the European agenda. Policymakers seek to encourage the shift from traditional linear ’take-make-consume-throw away’ economic patterns to a more sustainable closed-loop system of production, distribution and consumption, and at the same time to develop the green economy in their cities and regions.

ESPON, INTERACT, Interreg Europe and URBACT have joined forces to explore and share with participants in an interactive session:

  • The European diversity of challenges and potential for moving to a circular economy
  • The practical meaning of circular economy for cities and regions
  • Good practices in circular economy approaches.

European Week of Regions and Cities on social media

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We look forward to seeing you in Brussels during the European Week of Regions and Cities!