OPEN DAYS - 12- 15 October 2015 - BRUSSELS
Organisers: DG REGIO - EC, CoR
Venue: European Commission, Charlemagne, Room Mansholt (listening room) + Room Jenkins (listening room)
Speakers and chair(s): Mrs. Cretu Corina (Chair), Mr. Markkula Markku (Chair), Mr. Capello Roberta , Mr. Coleman Karen , Mr. McCann Philip ,
Mr. Moedas Carlos , Mr. Radosevic Slavo
The opening session of the 13th edition of the OPEN DAYS - European Week of Regions and Cities will mark the beginning of
a week of more than 100 events on regional and urban development. A panel of EU representatives at the highest level will
analyse challenges and opportunities related to the reformed cohesion policy, the EU’s principle investment tool which will make
available up to EUR 351,8 billion to invest in Europe’s regions and cities. The session will be built around local aspects of
investment, innovation and implementation of the EU Structural and Investment Funds. The event will be followed by a
Please note that only places in the listening rooms are available.
Target audience: EU, national, regional and local policy/decision makers
Moderator: Karen Coleman
AESOP 2015 – Annual Congress 13-16 July 2015
Congress Theme: Definite space – fuzzy responsibility
While many of the initiatives and powers moved outside public control, the sense of responsibility for spatial change and sustainable development of cities and regions hardly overstepped the domain of city halls and ministries, and planners as their experts. The gap between sprawled powers / potency and blurred sense of responsibility should be the focus of the Congress debates. Our cities are spreading, the distances that most of us have to travel for jobs, shopping, entertainment, etc. are steadily increasing, and money available for maintenance and improvement of roads, utilities and public services is shrinking. Rich people are retiring to gated communities while some others may remain trapped in social and ethnic ghettoes.
All these problems are expected to be tackled by planning as an instrument for urban and regional management. But planning itself was affected by drift from hierarchic control by state and local governments, through public-private partnership projects, to governance where the actual field of municipalities´ and states´ action is dissolved and shared with business. Also many services formerly provided by public domain have been outsourced.