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EURegionsWeek 2024 kick-off meeting

We are busy shaping the 22nd edition of the EURegionsWeek! Under the motto " Empowering communities ", this edition will focus on four themes: " Competitiveness and convergence: two sides of the same coin ", " Regions strengthening European Democracy ", " Smart and sustainable growth for regions ", " Regions got talent ". The kick-off meeting will take place on the 22nd February from 10:00 - 11:30 CET and EURegionsWeek organisers will present this year's edition and novelties. Register here for...

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SUPREME Italia: Tackling labour exploitation through a collaborative approach

Dignity, cooperation, opportunity: these keywords can explain the core of the SUPREME Italia project. At the European Committee of the Regions, during the closing conference of the second funding phase of the programme, many speakers highlighted how it turned out to be a success in the last four years. SUPREME is promoted by the five Southern Italy regions of Sicily, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania and has involved the cooperation of many other entities, such as the Italian Government...

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Discovering the Azores

Discover the Azores' Culinary Delights: A Taste of Paradise the Azores archipelago’s nine islands, located in the center of the Atlantic Ocean, take a voyage by land and by water and discover a hidden jewel for foodies. With its lush landscapes, volcanic soil, and plentiful seafood, this Portuguese paradise provides a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience that will excite your taste senses. The Azores are famous for their tasty and fresh seafood. The inhabitants have perfected the technique of...

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Aiming a gender equal environment in the green transition: the role of micro-credentials

In recent years, micro-credentials have been used often in the labor market to enhance specific skills. However, could they address the digital and green skill gaps to reduce gender discrimination in the labor market? If so, how? ‘’Gender equality always matters, but even more so in going green”, according to the first speaker, Sylvia Liuti, Gender Equality Expert and Italian National Board Coordinator, EfVET. Liuti presented a study of the University of Urbino in five Italian companies, which...

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The first Czech centre for victims of domestic violence: RegioStars Introduces Innovative Projects in Europe

RegioStars is an annual competition organized by the European Commission of Regions (DG Regio) since 2008 for EU-funded projects that demonstrate the impact and inclusiveness of regional development. During European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels the 2023 edition of the competition presented five finalists in all six categories, giving them the platform to introduce themselves to an international public. In total, thirty projects have been picked by the Jury from a record 228 applicants...

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All the knowledge cities need for green transition: a discussion

Providing all the knowledge cities need for green transition: this is the main goal of Portico, the platform developed by the European Urban Initiative (EUI), that was launched on the 10th of October 2023 during the 21st edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities. Portico is a European urban knowledge platform funded by the European Union (EU) to support cities but also managing authorities, who implement the green transition in their territories. Its objective is to collect knowledge...

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Securing the inclusive skills of tomorrow – Forming the green transition

Wednesday morning three representatives met to discuss how they each worked to secure the skills needed for the future and a green transition. In the outskirts of Gothenburg in Sweden a distinct partnership has been made. A car company, a private real estate company and a public real estate company has joined forces to tackle one of the great issues facing several suburbs in Sweden: People, who aren’t taking part in society. Celine Domecq, public affairs director of Volvo Car Corporation, shed...

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A taste of Sicily in Brussels

Visitors of the 21st European Week of Regions and Cities have been taken on a journey from the heart of Brussels all the way to Sicily, an island in center of Mediterranean, as a part of ‘Sicilian food experience’ that was held on Tuesday 10th October. The tasting was put together by Dr. Margherita Caccamo – Macro Area Research and Development CorRFILaC and by Dr. Francesca Cerami – Director of Idimed and Coordinator of the Sicilian Territories’ Supply Chain District Network – C.I.B.O. The stand...

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A more developed and sustainable future for the Peloponnese region

During the European Week of Regions and Cities 2023, the participants had a taste of Peloponnese with food grown in the region and century-old recipes. From gliko tou koutaliou (spoon sweet, traditionally served as an appetiser to guests), to graviera cheese, to a combination of fetta and watermelon—a popular refreshing summer snack— the region presented its rich cuisine and locally produced food. Participants also had the chance to taste Sinastria and Nemea wine, the famous red, white, and rose...

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Interreg, an example of cooperation beyond EU that can make regions thriving and Europe stronger

Regions and cities play a fundamental part in how the EU works. That’s why cohesion amongst each other is essential and why the EU Cohesion Policy is vital in promoting such bonds. The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event promoting regional and local development. The core focus of this week is the EU Cohesion Policy that we mentioned above, and the impact this has on regions and towns across the member states. Interreg Europe is a series of programmes aimed at...

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