5-7 October 2010, Brussels


During the Open Days 2010 (5-7 October) in Brussels, once again manifold activities (workshops, seminars, presentations) gathered thousands of European local and regional representatives coming from every part of our continent. The future cohesion policy, the way how the Territorial Agenda will look like after the publication of the 5th Cohesion Report, how the new budgetary lines will affect territorial cooperation, … all of these topics where flying overt this years Open Days in official and unofficial meetings. In any case, the answer should come very soon, whenever the new Cohesion Report is approved, and the debates on the future EU budget will be closed.

The AEBR was quite active, as usual, during the Open Days. Many members presented their best practices in workshops and exhibitions. There were many stands from European border regions in the areas prepared at the building of the Committee of the Regions. Many representatives from AEBR members were speakers and/or participants in a wide range of activities, and direct representatives of the Association took part in some relevant events. It is worth mentioning that AEBR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz intervened at a Workshop organized by the Committee of the Regions on the “Revision of the Legislative Framework for EGTC”, where the conclusions of the Joint Consultation on EGTCs launched during the Spanish Presidency in Cáceres by the CoR, the Trio of Presidencies, the European Commission and Interact was presented, as well as the debates within the CoR in order to prepare an own opinion on this regards and the efforts to establish an EGTC Network. On the other hand, the Secretary General of the AEBR took part in a workshop organized by DG Regio with representatives of the  Government of Brazil and the Argentinean sub-national level in order to check current statues of regional innovation and cross-border cooperation policies in South America. The AEBR presented main conclusions of the study made for the European Commission regarding CBC in Latin America, with an analysis of main factors of interest for CBC, as well as some recommendations and practical examples of intervention.


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