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European Week of Regions and Cities 2023

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

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

It has grown to become a neutral platform to discuss common challenges for Europe’s regions and cities by bringing together a diverse community of speakers and participants.

With Thriving Regions, Stronger Europe as its motto, the EU Regions Week 2023 will focus on the following six thematic topics:

  • Regions in post-industrial transition
  • Retaining talent for regional growth
  • Small and mid-size urban centres driving growth
  • Breaking barriers to cross-border cooperation
  • Local energy shift for security and sustainability
  • Promoting social innovation

The 21st edition of the EU Regions Week will be an onsite event. Some of the EU sessions will be streamed.

NEB unit is again participating as a session organiser. The NEB session is scheduled for 12 October 2023 between 11:30 and 12:30. The New European Bauhaus: nurturing beauty, sustainability and inclusion for regional development session is open for registration here. Find other NEB-related sessions at the EU Regions Week by exploring the event’s programme.

Purpose of the event

  • To discuss common challenges for Europe’s regions and cities and examine possible solutions by bringing together politicians, decision-makers, experts and practitioners of cohesion policy, as well as stakeholders from business, banking, civil society organisations, academia, the EU institutions and the media.
  • To provide a platform for capacity-building, learning and exchange of experience and good practice for those implementing EU cohesion policy and managing its financial instruments.
  • To facilitate cooperation and networking between regions and cities.
  • To feed into the debate on EU cohesion policy in a wider context, including recent research and views from third countries and international organisations.

Who can participate?

The European Week of Regions and Cities and its events are aimed at:

  • European, national, regional and local government officials and experts in the field of managing and evaluating cohesion policy programmes.
  • Representatives of private companies, financial institutions, European and national associations.
  • Members of the European Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament, national, regional and local politicians, including young elected politicians (YEPs).
  • Academics, researchers, postgraduate students and practitioners in the field of European cohesion policy.
  • Members of the public who want to express their views and contribute to the debate on the future of Europe and their regions and cities.
  • Journalists from European, national, regional and local media.

Registration Deadline: 30 September 2023
Full Programme and Registration:

The EU Regions Week is co-organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy and the European Committee of the Regions.

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