July 17, 2011

European Week of Cities and Regions (OPEN DAYS) - registrations open

Registration to attend the seminars and workshops of OPEN DAYS 2011 in Brussels from Monday 10 until Thursday 13 October is now open. This year, a total of 111 events are being organised by 206 Brussels-based regional offices and their officials back home according to three broad themes:
• The contribution of Cohesion Policy and the Structural Funds to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth ('Europe 2020 Strategy');
• Improving on the delivery of Cohesion Policy now and beyond 2013; and
• Good practice in the field of urban development and territorial cooperation.

…Irish Regions' Atlantic Strategy event:Among the events planned, the Irish Regions are collaborating with partner regions in Portugal, Spain, France and UK to organise an 11 October seminar entitled 'the Atlantic: a source of opportunities for sustainable growth'. Discussion will centre on the European Commission's forthcoming integrated European Strategy for the Atlantic Region (expected to be published in September) and will include high-level contributions from the Directorates-General for both Regional and Maritime Policy. This will be balanced by observations and reactions from national and regional representatives on how the ambitions as set out in the strategy stack up against ongoing activities and potential for cooperation. Among the issues to be discussed are transport, marine renewable energies, coastal environmental protection, innovation, as well as what forms of governance arrangements are required in order that the strategy should deliver.

The Association of Irish Regions (AIR) formally responded to the original Commission draft on the Atlantic Strategy in October 2010 and held a stakeholder conference on marine spatial planning in Wexford at the end of that month to highlight areas of potential direct significance for the local and regional levels. As a follow-up, and in association with Open Days, this year's AIR conference will be on the theme 'Maximising the Value of our Maritime Resource' and will deal with the evolving policy framework at EU and national levels and best practices examples at local/regional level. Further details will be carried in September's Bulletin.

Registration for OPEN DAYS will remain open until 28 September.

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July 07, 2010

Open Days 2010: 5-7 October, Brussels

Registration for the 'Open Days' annual week of cities and regions in Brussels opened on 5 July. A total of 130 seminars and workshops organised by regional partnerships - mainly Brussels-based regional representations - will take place under the broad daily themes of 'Competitiveness' (innovation, regional development and green economic growth by reference to the Structural Funds - mainly Tuesday); 'Cooperation' (Interreg and related international collaboration initiatives – mainly Wednesday); and 'Cohesion' ('territorial' and 'social' cohesion and on the question of how to better integrate different policies at the local level - mainly Thursday).

This week is always the single best attended annual set of events in Brussels so registrations and hotel bookings should be made well in advance.

As part of the Atlantic Alliance consortium, the Irish Regions Office is co-organising two seminars to take place on Wednesday 6 October: 'Cohesion policy for all - Justification for the future' will look at the case for maintaining Structural Funding for all European regions (morning) while 'An integrated strategy for the Atlantic area - A framework for functional maritime cooperation?' will debate whether or not closer collaboration in maritime spatial planning makes sense (afternoon). Both these issues are timely given high-level negotiations currently underway with the future in mind.

Full programme of events
Register until 22 September

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January 14, 2010

Event: Metropolitan governance across administrative boundaries - Lille, 12 February

The URBACT programme's 'CityLabs' are intended as opportunities for dynamic meetings between participants active in the programme's fields of interest. The latest CityLab - focusing on issues of managing the governance of metropolitan areas across national, regional and local boundaries - will be held on 12 February in Lille and will provide an opportunity for different URBACT projects and other current European projects working on metropolitan challenges to exchange their findings and initial conclusions.

Discussion will focus on the following issues:
* Dealing with the complexity of managing both morphological and functional city regions across administrative boundaries;
* Innovative arrangements to overcome the resulting political, financial, and/or administrative division;
* Maintaining citizen engagement and system legitimacy in increasingly complex governance arrangements.

More information

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October 21, 2009

Opportunity to access 'strategic' Interreg NWE funding: Brussels, 16 & 17 November.

Project development meetings to bring forward applications based on 6 topics especially designated by the programme authorities ('strategic initiatives') will be organised by INTERREG IVB North West Europe in November. The intention is to identify a ''critical mass'' of relevant actors from across the programme area who are clearly interested in developing ambitions into firm project proposals with the programme's assistance. The themes chosen partly reflect gaps in the areas addressed by the programme's approved projects to date and represent a rare opportunity to access an inside track towards EU funding.

The project ideas to be discussed are:
16th November:
1. North West Europe Renewable ''Energy Agency'' - NWE network of centres
2. Biomass Energy Development
3. Energy from Algae/Bio-solar-safe: tapping energy from green cells
17th November:
4. Economic cluster development across North West Europe
5. North West Europe network of centres co-operating on innovation and technology transfer
6. Freight telematics and logistics chains management (including transnational corridors)

Register your interest in being involved at www.nweurope.eu.
Contact: Antoinette Jordan ajordan@seregassembly.ie to discuss your ambitions.

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September 18, 2009

IRO organising a seminar and cultural event for Open Days 2009 - with thanks to Clare County Council and Tourism Ireland

As part of the EU's Week of Regions and Cities ('Open Days'), the Irish Regions Office along with counterparts from eight other Brussels-based regional offices is organising a seminar entitled 'In search of a Framework for Cooperation in the Atlantic Area' on 7 October. This event will examine and look at means of progressing issues of mutual concern among the nations and regions surrounding this maritime space - Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, South-West England, Normany, Brittany, Galicia and Norte Portugal - through a coordianted marine spatial planning focus. A particular emphasis will be placed on the Atlantic Area Interreg programme as a means of formalising cooperation.

Later that evening, five of these partners will be hosting a 'Celtic Connections' cultural concert. IRO is delighted to have secured full Irish involvement thanks to the input of Clare County Council (from whose ranks the traditional music group Re-Seisiun are drawn) and the support of Tourism Ireland. Other performers include Welsh band Taran, the BellonMaceiras quintetofrom Galicia, and Breabach from Scotland. The concert will take place at the La Tentation venue in Central Brussels and is open to the general public. Admission is free but prior registration and confirmation is required via EUevents@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

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