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Conference “The future of the European Union and the role of regions “

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The future of European Union and the role of the regionsA wide debate on the future of Europe is taking place, at a time of multiple challenges for the European integration. Regions play a central role in promoting and engaging in partnerships and in supporting European co-operation in all its different forms: economic, social, cultural and political. It illustrates the need to discuss what role the regions could and should play in the future EU27. But the question remains How regions can feed the debate about the future of the EU?”

In the conference “The future of the European Union and the role of regions” that happened on the 10th of April 2018, several themes have been discussed, as the risks of a multiple-speed Europe, the legitimacy of the principle of subsidiarity, the heart of European architecture or the future of the social Europe and of the Cohesion Policy. Regions seem to be closer to the citizens and they are seen as important actors to rebuild trust in the EU.  They are the links that bring Europe closer together, and it is essential that the EU gives high priority in the future to supporting and reinforcing regional co-operation activities, particularly given the instability facing Europe. The opinion, coming out of the conference, is planned for adoption in the CoR plenary on 8-10 October 2018.

The main conclusions are as following:

  • Consider that the debate on the future of Europe can be an opportunity to reintegrate citizens into the heart of European project, while re-vitalizing the European project;
  • Are in favour of reforming the current EU institutional set-up through strengthened multi-level governance rather than new treaties or new EU ministerial positions;
  • Consider that cohesion should be the number one policy priority for the EU and that having cohesion available in all regions is of great important for EU future.

For more information, please check, the agenda here and the online streaming of each workshop here.

High-level conference: Financing sustainable growth

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High-level conference Financing sustainable growth“High-level conference Financing sustainable growth”, will take place on the 22nd of March at 9:00 am Brussels time. This conference will present the EU strategy on the basis of the Commission Action Plan but also to agree on concrete follow-up for further development of sustainable finance. Furthermore, it will provide the momentum and a shared vision on sustainable finance to feed the European Council debate and conclusions of 22-23 March 2018.

Action Plan on sustainable finance is part of the Capital Markets Union’s (CMU) efforts to connect finance with the specific needs of the European economy to the benefit of the planet and our society. It is also one of the key steps towards implementing the historic Paris Agreement and the EU’s agenda for sustainable development. The EU needs a strategy to unlock the full potential of sustainable finance and investment in the low-carbon, circular and resource-efficient economy.

The conference will be webstreamed. The link for web streaming will be available soon. You can also register here. Further information about the conference and the agenda here.

Startup Europe Week 2018 'European Regions as key players'

Startup Europe Week 2018 – ‘European Regions as Key Players’

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Startup Europe Week 2018 is an initiative launched in 2016 and promoted by the European Commission and Startup Europe. Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups. From helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks, European regions are key players. Taking a local perspective is crucial to supporting entrepreneurs and startups in Europe.

Startup Europe Week has several aims:

  • Showcase best initiatives promoted by regions to support entrepreneurs.
  • Inform the local ecosystem about what already exists to help them now.
  • Provide live consulting sessions on how to open a company, apply for a grant etc.
  • Share among regional officers what other regions in Europe are doing and what can be leveraged locally.
  • Connect regional officers, investors and corporates to create stronger local ecosystems.

Why participate in Startup Europe Week 2018?

This is an awesome opportunity for you to learn and get the regional resources already available at an European level. This event is perfect for entrepreneurs, studentspolicy makers, journalists and anyone who works in the startup world. You can also find several events:

  • Information sessions on local specific actions to support entrepreneurs.
  • Regional authorities’ meetings.
  • Information sessions about Startup Europe projects and European Commission funds Office hours and workshops with regional representatives.
  • Great talks with local entrepreneurs and investors.

You can find the closest Startup Europe Week events here. You are also invited to join the official launch of Startup Europe Week 2018 (5th- 9th March) in Brussels. Further information and how to participate here.