Registration open for offshoring events in the framework of the European Week of Cities and Regions 2020 (#EURegionsWeek 2020)

08/07/2020 The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual event where cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement EU cohesion policy and demonstrate the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

A side event is linked to the European Week of Regions and Cities 2020 because of its thematic, temporal (5-9 October 2020, 12-16 October 2020, 19-22 October 2020) and (digital) proximity. However, it is not part of the official programme of the European Week of Regions and Cities.

This year, the side events will be divided into three time slots according to the thematic priorities:

  • 5-9 October 2020: Empowering Citizens
  • 12-16 October 2020: Cohesion and cooperation
  • 19-22 October 2020: Green Europe, in cooperation with the Green Week

Due to the global pandemic (COVID-19), most of the 500 sessions planned will be online, and only the most important events will be developed in online/presential format.

Important: Side events must be related to the thematic priorities of #EURegionsWeek 2020 and must be organized digitally between 5-9 October 2020, 12-16 October 2020 or 19-22 October 2020. The organizers of the side events are fully responsible for the content and organization of their event.

How to apply?

You must submit your completed online application within the deadline. In your application you should specify to what extent the event relates to one of the thematic priorities of 2020, thus demonstrating its attractiveness for participants in the European Week of Regions and Cities 2020. Applications submitted will be assessed and only a limited number of side events will be selected.

Applications must be completed by 2 September 2020.

For further information, please contact the Finnova Foundation (


The Committee of the Regions launches the Local Green Deal Going Group to continue to include EU cities and regions in the decision-making process

• The Iberian Centre for Research and the Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) reports that the EU’s Green Pact is leading to further progress towards a Europe of the regions.

23.06.2020. The European Union has several initiatives that aim to include regions and cities directly in the decision-making process and, specifically, in those processes related to development (environmental, economic, social etc). In this case, the Committee of the Regions has launched the “Green Deal Going Local” group, in order to promote direct contact between the European Union and the various European regions in the areas of the environment, the circular economy and innovation, among others.


The Committee of the Regions has recently set up the Green Deal Going Local group with the aim of empowering European regions and cities to implement the Green Deal in a more efficient and appropriate way. The working group created has thirteen members representing European cities and regions, including Juan Espadas (Mayor of Seville) as chairman of the group. This group will work directly with the European Union (through the Committee of the Regions) to define, implement and evaluate the various measures needed to meet the objectives of the Green Pact.

The presentation of the long-term European budgets for the period 2021-2027 shows the environmental commitment of the European Union. Even in circumstances such as the current one, with the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequent economic crisis, the EU is still committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly economic growth.

According to the website of the European Committee of the Regions (, the three main objectives of this group are

– To provide a cross-cutting vision of the many policy areas within the European Green Agreement and to ensure policy coherence and consistency between archives and related opinions.

– To strengthen the institutional scope of the European Committee of the Regions on the Green Agreement in order to put cities and regions at the centre of the path towards climate neutrality.

– To channel the challenges faced by local and regional authorities in implementing the green transition locally and communicate their achievements and best practices to facilitate replication across the European Union.


On 11 December 2020, the European Commission reported in a communication on the launch of a new project to be called Green Deal (hereafter referred to as the Green Pact).

The Green Deal is a response by the European Union to the challenge of ensuring a healthy environment for all European citizens. With this project, the EU wants to direct its growth towards a greener future with the environment at the centre of the European agenda.

Challenges and objectives
In order to promote a society based on the values of equality and justice, it is essential to defend the environment for all European citizens. To this end, the prosperity and competitiveness of the European economy must be promoted, and this environmental ethic must not be abandoned either.

All these objectives cannot be achieved without a concrete challenge on which the various European bodies can focus. That is why the Commission is proposing to put an end to all greenhouse gas emissions throughout Europe by 2050. A challenge to be met in 30 years’ time, in which states and regions will have to work hand in hand with the EU.

Image made by the European Commission in its Communication to the other European bodies on the establishment of the Green Pact:

For more information on the Green Deal, you can find here the direct link to the document presented by the European Commission:


Beatriz Martínez Muñoz (European Projects and Communication Technician at Finnova)
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