On the occasion of the European Day for People with Disabilities, the European Commission announced the winners of the competition for the most disabled-friendly city. Poznan was awarded third place, while Swedish Göteborg was first and the French City of Grenoble - second . The Access City Award 2014 was received in Brussels by the Mayor of Poznan, Ryszard Grobelny.
The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel kindly invites you for a Policy Forum on "The EU Budget for 2014-2020: Major Reform or Status Quo?". The format will be a lunch seminar with three speakers representing the three budgetary authorities of the European Union:
The fourth edition of EuroPCom will bring together communication managers and senior experts from local, regional, national and European authorities. Over 700 colleagues from all EU member states are expected at this networking event. Lectures, debates and interactive workshops will focus on major challenges in EU communication and public communication.
Once the EU's 2014-2020 budget is confirmed by the European Parliament and EU member states, Cohesion Policy will invest € 325 billion in Europe's regions and cities to deliver the EU-wide goals of growth and jobs, as well as tackling climate change and energy dependence. Taking into account the national contribution of member states, and the leverage effect of financial instruments, the overall impact is likely to be more than 500 billion euros. The reform of Cohesion Policy will ensure maxim impact for the investments, adapted to individual needs of regions and cities. Key elements of the reform are:
The OPEN DAYS - 11th European Week of Regions and Cities will take place in Brussels from 7 to 10 October 2013. The largest annual event devoted entirely to regional policy is being once again jointly organised by the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, in partnership with 200 regions and cities from 30 countries. A hundred workshops and debates will be held in Brussels whilst another 200-300 local events are being organised all over Europe.
The 2013 edition is being organised under the slogan 'Taking off for 2020' focusing on regions' and cities' commitment in preparing and delivering their cohesion policy programmes for the period 2014-2020, worth a total of EUR 345 billion in EU funding.