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Open Days 2009: European Week of Regions and Cities


The seventh OPEN DAYS took place between 5 and 8 October 2009 in Brussels with 125 seminars, workshops, debates and exhibitions for around 7,000 participants. More than 250 event partners have joined forces, among which 213 regions and cities from 33 European countries, and more than 600 speakers were actively involved.

The event’ s key objective is to facilitate exchange, debate and networking among Europe’ s experts and decision-makers in regional and local development from the public, private and financial sector. Under the overall headline “Global challenges, European responses’, all events were organised around four themes:

  • Restoring growth: Innovation in Europe’ s regions and cities
  • Regions and climate change: Europe’ s way to sustainable regional development
  • Territorial cooperation: Working together across borders
  • Achieving results, looking ahead: EU Cohesion Policy’ s evaluation and future prospects

The event’ s website

Presentations for each of the theme groups are available here

Videos of the event are available here