Call for Event Partners: 18th European Week of Regions and Cities 2020

Publication date
October 12, 2020
October 15, 2020
Short description

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 unique communication and networking platform, bringing together regions and cities from all over Europe, including politicians, administrators, experts and academics. Over the last 17 years, it has done much to promote policy learning and the exchange of good practice.In 2019, the #EURegionsWeek reached a record high of more than 9000 participants and more than 330 sessions–proof of the event's relevance and potential as a platform for discussing and showcasing the development of EU cohesion policy and making decision-makers more aware of the importance of regions and cities in EU policy-making.

Who can apply to become a EURegionsWeekpartner?

  • Applicants must be from/or have an established residence in:

- an EU Member State as at30/1/2020(date of the launch of EURegionsWeek 2020 applications)

-an European Economic Area (EEA) country

-a country benefiting from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA)

-a neighbouring country benefiting from the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)

  • Regional and national authorities in charge of managing programmes co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (European Regional Development Fund /ERDF/, Cohesion Fund /CF/, European Social Fund /ESF/, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development /EAFRD/and European Maritime Fisheries Fund /EMFF/).For the 18thedition in 2020 (Interreg 30thAnniversary), in addition, Interreg projects are also eligible.
  • EU institutions (institutional partners): directorates-general of the European Commission and EU agencies; legislative work and political groups of the European Committee of the Regions; the European Parliament (especially its Committee on Regional Development /REGI/and the European Parliamentary Research Service /EPRS/); the rotating EU presidency; and the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Local and regional authorities
  • European and national associations of local and regional authorities, or representing a local and regional angle
  • Civil society associations
  • European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTCs)
  • Pan-European networking programmes financed by the ERDF
  • Companies involved in public-private partnerships·European associations representing the business sector
  • Financial institutions and European associations in the banking sector.

Organisers encourage regions and cities who want to become partners of the European Week of Regions and Cities to submit their application in partnership with other eligible local and regional authorities across Europe by setting up a "regional partnership". These partners are invited to carefully read the section on the criteria for creating a regional partnership and their composition.

What is a Regional Partnership and who can apply?

A "Regional Partnership" is a group of regions and cities (minimum three, maximum twelve partners)organising a session at the European Week of Regions and Cities between 12-15 October 2020 aimed at exchanging experience and good practice and facilitating cooperation and networking. The Regional Partnerships will contribute to the event programme by holding their session. In accordance with the rules in this guide, they will be fully responsible for the session in terms of its topics, timing, publicity and the obligations of partners.

Composition of a Regional Partnership

Regions and cities are invited to establish Regional Partnerships and become partners of the EuropeanWeek of Regions and Cities. In addition to the general conditions and organisational aspects set out for all event partners, the following criteria should be met:

  • Regional Partnerships must be composed of at least three and not more than twelve regions or cities from at least three countries, with at least one partner from an EU Member State. Please note that in the evaluation process priority will be given to regional partnerships made up of more than three partners;
  • Regions and cities from the same country should not account for more than one third of the partners of a Regional Partnership;
  • Regional Partnerships must be headed by a lead partner (session organiser). The lead partner is responsible for
  1. managing the tasks within the Regional Partnership and
  2. acting as a contact point with the event organisers(CoR/DG REGIO);
  • Regions and cities can only be part of one Regional Partnership in a given year;
  • Regions and cities are encouraged to work with other regions or cities with whom they have not previously formed a partnership;
  • Regional partnerships can hold their session in their own regional offices in Brussels (with a minimum capacity of 50 seats), at the European Committee of the Regions or at the Square, subject to availability. Please note that for sessions held at the CoR's premises, priority will be given to those that involve CoR members and political representatives.

How to apply?

If you are a region or city, we encourage you to submit your application to become an event partner by setting up a partnership with other local and regional authorities across Europe.

Regional Partnership Aplication Form:

Please use the online application form for Regional Partnerships and submit the requested information by the deadline of 27 March 2020.

Regions and cities looking for partners to work with can use the partner search tool. The survey should be completed by 19 February at the latest. An overview with the results will be published on the event website.

Each region or city in a Regional Partnership may also apply individually as an event partner to hold a separate session (EURegions Talks,Q&A sessions, workshops, participatory labs) or activity (exhibition or tasting).In this case, a separate application form should be filled in, using the application for event partners.

Partner Application Form:

Original Source: 

  • Horizon Europe / H2020
  • IPA
Geographical focus
  • Europe
  • European Union (EU 27)
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Entry created by Admin on March 1, 2020
Modified on March 1, 2020