The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy.

It is the place to discuss common challenges for Europe's regions and cities and examine possible solutions by bringing together different stakeholders; to provide a platform for capacity-building, learning and exchange of experience; and to facilitate cooperation and networking between regions and cities.

The themes for the 2021 edition are the green transition, citizens engagement, cohesion, and digital transformation.

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Given the relevance of this year’s themes for our activities, will participate in several workshops and sessions throughout the week. Have a look at them an register for your favourite ones clicking on the session title!

Main programme

  • The Green Transition and Community Participation – The Hidden Benefits | 13 October 2021, 11h00 – 12h00
    This info session will involve a brief introduction by a moderator followed by the presentation of a number of good practices of how energy communities have successfully supported members of the wider community they are a part of, be it by setting up a community center, supporting vulnerable households, or contributing to a circular economy. Energy communities bring more value to the energy transition and the local economy than "just" greenhouse gas emission reductions!
    Participation of the ECCO project.
  • Islands as leaders towards net zero: from clean energy vision to energy action | 14 October 2021, 9h30 – 10h30
    How can islands become powerful drivers of Europe's clean energy transition? Jointly hosted by the Clean energy for EU islands secretariat and the EU Island facility - NESOI, with the participation of local authorities and EU decision-makers, this session will highlight a number of tools and networks that can support islands in their energy transition ambitions and provide examples and testimonials from island representatives on their experiences in project implementation.
    Organised by the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secreatariat.

Side event

  • How can cities alleviate energy poverty through energy communities and citizen engagement? | 14 October 2021, 9h30 – 12h30
    It is estimated that 50 million households in the European Union are struggling with energy poverty today. Municipalities are already increasingly undertaking tailored actions to engage with and support energy-poor citizens. This session will focus on how cities are already reaching out to vulnerable citizens and support them through energy communities. The session will seek to inspire through concrete examples why renewable energy communities specifically are a powerful tool for citizen engagement and energy poverty alleviation actions.
    Organised by the COME-RES project.