PESCARA, OCTOBER 6 – IPA Adriatic is also taking part in the eighth edition of OPEN DAYS – European Week for Regions and Cities in Brussels, which is set to run until October 7: the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Programme is present with a stand at the event sponsored every year by the European Commission and the EU Regions Committee. On the first day, the exhibition space was visited by Apulia regional president Nichi Vendola. In the 2010 edition of OPEN DAYS, over 6,000 representatives of regional and local bodies have taken part. Under the slogan ”Europe 2010: competitiveness, cooperation and cohesion for all regions”, OPEN DAYS will act as a forum in which to exchange ideas on the role of European regions and cities as part of the Europe 2010 strategy. The managing authority of IPA Adriatic wanted to take part since the values and aims of the Community programme are in line with the principles of OPEN DAYS. IPA, which has a total endowment of about 280 million euros, aims to harmonise the social level of a large Adriatic cross-border area in the name of economic, institutional, cultural, touristic, environmental and infrastructural cooperation, and involved eight States: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia and Greece, as well as seven regions – Abruzzo first of all, followed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Puglia and Molise regions. However, the event underway in Brussels will also see a number of other correlated events: all across Europe, as part of OPEN DAYS, about 260 other local events will be taking place, including a round table discussion on the role of football in bringing peace to divided communities. In the ”meeting place” of the Regions Committee building, projects and programmes will be presented and a fair will be held with over 50 stands on such themes as the ”Green Economy” and ”Territorial Cooperation”, alongside 36 seminars. However, OPEN DAYS does not just revolve around Brussels. As part of ”Europe in my region/Europe in my city”, between September and November 35 countries will see about 260 local events held by partner regions and cities. In addition to raising awareness on how the EU invests in projects with wide-ranging effects on the daily lives of EU citizens, the initiative will also spread future cohesion policy themes among the public.
Source: Vecchio sito IPA