Kicking off from the 11th of October 2021 to the 14th of October 2021, the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities is back and will take place virtually. Conceived as the biggest annual Brussels-based 4-day event, the long-awaited Week of Regions and Cities represents the opportunity for Cities and Regions to showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. 

Due to well-known issues, the EU Week of Regions and Cities last year took place online for the first time. Yet, this did not stop the interest in participating, as shown by the record attendance, with more than 12,000 participants and 510 sessions occurring during the 4 days. 

Bringing together politicians, administrators, experts, and academics from all over Europe, the event in the last 18 years has shown the power it has to promote policy learning and the exchange of good practice. The purpose of the EU Regions Week is to discuss common challenges that the European Regions face, provide a platform for capacity-building, learning, and exchange of experience, to facilitate cooperation and networking, and feed into the debate on EU cohesion policy.

This year, the event will consist of an exciting agenda with over 300 sessions and networking events orbiting around: cohesion, green transition, digital transition for people, citizens’ engagement for an inclusive, participative, and fair recovery. Veltha is honoured to participate in the Week of Regions and Cities with 4 events across the week, all related to the green transition. Under the spotlight, our current projects, respectively funded by the Horizon2020 program and Interreg Europe: DigiPrime and REPLACE

Here’s a short introduction for you to what the sessions will be about: 

Digital Platform for the circular economy: a tool for regional public authorities

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (CEST)

https://eu.app.swapcard.com/event/eu-regions-week/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfNjMxMjM4

The session will showcase the incredible innovation that is being produced by the H2020 DigiPrime project in the field of circular economy. 

In partnership with the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) and Idea Strategische Economische Consulting, Veltha will co-host the session specifically dedicated to public authorities in order to support them in the transition to a circular economy. Shifting to a more resilient economic system is not really a piece of cake. We believe that each Region should be equally equipped with the right tools, policy instruments, and knowledge to move towards the economy of the future, not only to fully recover from the COVID-19 crisis but to relieve the pressure on our ecosystem. In this regard, during the #EURegionsWeek session we will shed light on the avant-garde newly designed digital platform that will offer a wide range of services aimed at supporting public authorities in the adoption of a circular economy system. In other words, we will provide you with an overview of how the platform will work, the kind of data needed, and their submission to the platform. 

You want to know why you should participate? 

The digital platform for circular economy event represents a great opportunity for you to become aware of all the benefits that it could bring to your Region in terms of natural resource management and circular economy implementation. Becoming familiar with the tool and trying it out would not only facilitate networking and mutual support between Regions, but it would also help you identify value-chain stakeholders in your Region and enhance collaboration between them in order to unlock new circular business models based on data recovery and reuse of functions and materials. 

Join us to get a glimpse of the DigiPrime tool and the platform services! 

The following events aim to display the results and objectives achieved by the InterregEurope REPLACE project for the transition toward a circular economy that empowers regional administrations.

Regional Policy Action for the Circular Economy Transition

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM (CEST)

https://eu.app.swapcard.com/event/eu-regions-week/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfNjMxMzAy

In partnership with LAZIO Region, Centro Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDRC), Provincie Fryslân and Województwo Łódzkie / Lodzkie Region, Veltha will co-host the Regional Policy Action for the Circular Economy Transition

During the session, REPLACE aims to shed light on the role that Regions can play in the transition, demonstrating the importance of interregional cooperation.

Launching the Circular Benchmark Tool – by Regional Policy Action for Circular Economy

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (CEST)

https://eu.app.swapcard.com/event/eu-regions-week/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfNjMxMjk4

Alongside our partners Agenţia pentru Dezvoltare Regională Nord-Est / North-East Regional Development Agency, Centro Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDRC), Provincie Fryslân and Województwo Łódzkie / Lodzkie Region, Veltha will introduce you to the Circular Benchmark Tool, a practical instrument allowing regions to apply circular economy principles, to evaluate their own current performance and to look at what other regions are doing.

The Circular Economy has certainly gained momentum as an extremely important asset in battling climate change by reducing the pressure society places on ecosystems. Furthermore, the prices of raw materials are skyrocketing, which demonstrates the fragility of the current wasteful global supply chain.

Take part in the official launch of the tool by asking questions and speaking in the debate. 

Participants will have an exclusive opportunity to test the Circular Benchmark Tool first-hand, getting access to this highly useful resource for assessing the state of play of the circular economy in their regions. 

A four-step approach to building a regional strategy for the circular economy transition

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM (CEST)

https://eu.app.swapcard.com/event/eu-regions-week/planning/UGxhbm5pbmdfNjMxMzE0

Starting from the following projects and partners – Policy Lab, Regional Policy Action for Circular Economy (REPLACE), Synergic Circular Economy across European RegioNs (SCREEN), Veltha invites you to discover the four-step methodology developed to build a regional strategy for the circular economy transition: from a local analysis to enhancement of circular value chains. 

This approach is the result of collaboration among 17 European regions as part of the SCREEN project (www.screen-lab.eu) aimed at enhancing cooperation and exchanging opportunities between peer professionals working in regional policies dealing with circular economy; the methodology is now being tested in eight regions as part of the REPLACE project (www.interregeurope.eu/replace). It is a unique opportunity for you to understand the starting points that are necessary to develop an effective strategy that will take you to the pragmatic achievement of a circular economy system. 

The steps to register are the following: 

Step 1: click on the link of the event 

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Step 3: enter your email 

Step 4: fill in your details 

Step 5: add the event to your schedule 

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We are looking forward to welcoming you! This is a great chance to do something and start changing the world!