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Register for the experience "The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities" on 9 October 2019 from 14:30 to 16:00. This will take place at the Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre and will feature the presence of Anna Lisa Boni, Mercedes Bresso, Jure Brizic, Andrea Gnassi, Agnès RAMPAL, Xavier Tiana.

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THEME: The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities

Local and regional authorities play a pivotal role in making citizens and EU Institutions shaping and implementing together innovative policies for a greener and smarter future. As the closest political institutions to citizens, they can trigger a positive change at local level and scale up its impact via European territorial cooperation projects. Policy makers and private actors will engage the audience in an open debate on the role of regions and cities in designing and implementing policies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, blue economy and inclusive growth.

Objective

The workshop takes stock of the achievements of the Interreg MED Programme, involving almost 900 public and private organisations from 13 Euro-Mediterranean countries, to engage the audience in an open debate on the role of the regions and cities should play on three cross-cutting topics: climate change, blue economy and inclusive growth. The feedback from the participants will feed the design of the implementation strategies of the Interreg MED Programme’s new generation of projects, 2019-2022. Concept Territorial cooperation, as a crucial component of European Cohesion Policy implementation, enables regions and cities to play a pivotal role in making citizens and EU Institutions shaping and implementing together innovative policies for a greener and smarter future. As the closest political institutions to citizens, local authorities can actually trigger a positive change at local level and scale up its impact via European territorial cooperation projects, as the Interreg MED Programme.

Format

In a 10 minutes introduction the Interreg MED Programme cooperation architecture and approaches will be presented by focusing on blue economy, climate change and inclusive growth. This introduction will reflect the type of actions undertaken by projects: innovation, capacity building, Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Research & Development transfer. The second part will dedicate 45 minutes to expose the testimony of local authorities involved in pilot projects of Interreg MED Communities. In the third part, citizens, students, public authorities and private organisations representatives will have 40 minutes to suggest ideas on the strategic role regions and cities should play to implement more effective policies on these topics. In order to dynamize the session there will be a professional facilitator to stimulate constructive exchanges while a graphic facilitator will draw a visual summary of the exchanges, which will be disseminated live during the event and afterward it will be edited and integrated into the report.

Speakers

For the introductory presentation, the speakers will be representatives from Interreg Med Communities. In the case of testimonies, three majors from municipalities that took place on pilot projects will be invited. For the debate, it is proposed a professional facilitator and a visual facilitator.

Practical Information

Wed 9, October 2019 // 14:30 - 16:00

Venue: Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room 206.

Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

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Speakers: Anna Lisa Boni, Mercedes Bresso, Jure Brizic, Andrea Gnassi, Agnès RAMPAL, Xavier Tiana

Theme: The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities

Partner/s: INTERREG MED, UNIMED