EU Regions Week 2018

The 16th EU Regions Week coincided with the 30th anniversary of the cohesion policy and was full of energy and creativity. Representatives from more than 140 regions and cities have shown their determination to influence the debate on future cooperation challenges and to call for a strong cohesion policy.

We were there too and informed the more than 6 000 participants why #cooperationiscentral for stronger and better Europe.

EU Regions Week in numbers




Regions and cities





EU Regions Talk

For more than 20 years we have been supporting cities and regions in central Europe to become stronger. With our funding they work together on shared challenges and needs. Listen here to our EU Regions Talk from 9 October and learn why #cooperationiscentral at the heart of Europe.

Idea Lab on the Future of Transnational Cooperation

We have jointly brainstormed with other transnational programmes about the future shape of transnational cooperation. The niche and added value of transnational cooperation was presented on 10 October and the audience had an opportunity to actively contribute to the discussion by sharing their ideas. Outcomes of this session will feed into the policy debate on the future shape of transnational cooperation. Listen here to the keynote speech of Thomas Wobben from the Committee of Regions.

Interreg Transnational Exhibition Stand and Agora Talks

Throughout the whole week we welcomed visitors at our #MadewithInterreg stand, where we took them on a journey into European transnational cooperation. The joint exhibition featured 10 good reasons why transnational and interregional cooperation is necessary for a stronger Europe. More concretely, our projects ECRR and FabLabNET presented their first results and helped to make the stand an interesting experience for all visitors.

“The European Week of Regions and Cities is already the most important cohesion policy event in Europe, but this edition has managed to surpass its status. We have witnessed amazing, engaging debates and an overwhelming statement of support for cohesion policy. The European Parliament and the Council need to take this into account and speed up the negotiations on the Commission’s policy proposal" 

– Corina Crețu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy –