From 19th – 23rd October, Ukraine is participating in the European Week of Regions and Cities via ‘Sustainable Ukraine’- a virtual exhibition and livestreamed discussion series exploring the innovation potential and intellectual capital which Ukraine can offer as a partner to Europe’s Green Transformation. Sustainable Ukraine is a collaborative initiative of civil society and industry associations drawn from across Ukraine, which are active in the areas of co-operative development in green agriculture, green energy, environmental protection and conservation, and sustainable transportation. The aim of Sustainable Ukraine is to demonstrate that there is a high level of interest across Ukraine, not only for general co-operation with the EU, but also specific co-operation towards the solutions required for the EU to deliver the outcomes of the EU Green Deal.
The European week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) (#EURegionsWeek) is the single biggest event held by the European Union on the key role that regions and cities play in European Cohesion. EWRC is an expert platform for communication and exchange of ideas that brings together European regions and cities, including their political representatives, officials, experts and scientists. The event is organized by the European Committee of Regions (CoR) together with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO).
EWRC this year consists of 500+ (exhibitions, workshops, etc.) running as virtual events over a three week period: on the themes of a Social Europe (5th-9th October), European Cohesion (12th-16th October), and Green Europe (19th-23rd October). The Programme can be found at this link: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions_en
Discussions and events include a focus on the implementation of strategic responses to shared EU challenges including Green Transformation, Post-Covid Recovery, the role of Cities and Regions in Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 and beyond to 2050. Key participants across all events include parliamentarians, local governments, metropolitan/city administrations, heads of industry commissions of the European Parliament, business associations and NGOs, heads of EU investment funds, financial institutions, etc.