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OPEN DAYS 2008 presentation of the event to the regions/cities : 

OPEN DAYS 2008 presentation of the event to the regions/cities 14 December 2007 Committee of the Regions

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General heading Regions and cities in a challenging world Thematic priorities 1) Innovating regions: Promoting research, technological development and innovation 2) Sustainable development: Regional responses to climate change 3) Cooperation and networking: Exchange of best practice in regional development 4) Looking forward: A European cohesion policy for tomorrow

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1 2 0 W o r k i n g s e s s i o n s organised by DG REGIO (40) taking place in Commissions buildings organised within the „Investors´Café“ (40) taking place at the COR organised by conglomerates (40) taking place in regional offices O p e n i n g s e s s i o n C l o s i n g s e s s i o n European Parliament conference(s) COR Plenary Session Shape of the event

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Typology of sessions Workshops Seminars Debates Timeslots for sessions Thursday 9 October Tuesday 7 October Wednesday 8 October Morning: Flexible timing 9:00 – 13:00 Afternoon: Fixed timing 14:30 – 16:15 16:45 – 18:30 2h30 2h30 2h30 1h45 1h45 1h45 1h45

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Conditions for participation Condition 1: Eligibility Condition 2: Conglomerates Condition 3: Quality of proposed Brussels sessions Condition 4: Quality of proposed local events Condition 5: Providing of Technical data

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Most important points: Regions must have a regional office in Brussels As a general rule, cities must have a regional office in Brussels or must be a capital of a country or NUTS I or NUTS II region or must have more than 500.000 inhabitants 8-12 partners within the conglomerate, where 5 different countries are represented One single venue per conglomerate (1 or 2 sessions) One lead office and one deputy office for the conglomerate Each partner has to organise a local event One contact person on behalf of the conglomerate responsible for local events More time for preparation of applications – we expect higher quality

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Deadline for submitting applications: 5 March 2008 12:00 to the Committee of the Regions, rue Belliard 101 1040 Brussels