From October 13th to October 15th 2015, the 13th annual Open Days European Week of Regions and Cities will take place in Brussels. This year’s event has been titled: “Europe’s regions and cities: partners for investment and growth” and will concentrate on three main themes: modernising Europe through the energy union and the European single digital market, regions open for business through SME development, innovation and job creation, and finally places and spaces: urban and rural development and urban-rural integration. The team in Brussels will attend events related to urban development, sustainable and smart city growth, as well as city regeneration and social inclusion events. If there is any event your town might display a particular interest in, the Brussel’s team will be more than happy to report for you. A complete list of the events together with a description of each one, can be found here.

Registrations close on September 28th.

For more information, visit the Open-Days website.

Les Rencontre is hosting an event titled "Virtual Culture, Real Responsibilities: which concrete applications today?" in Mons, one of the two cultural capitals for 2015. It will take place form the 18th to the 20th of June with the purpose of bringing together experts and officials to brainstorm on Eueopean cultural policy. It will consist of debates and conferences, in which you are invited to participate and interact with the speakers. 

To register for the event please click here.

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EAST newsletter 5 latestGet the latest updates on the EAST project via the newsletter:

the last issue has been published and is now available on the project website.

Labour Plus logoLabour plus project is now almost concluded. The final conference took place in Antwerp on the 11th of December, where the Policy Reccommendation were presented.

Last newsletter is now available for download, together with many other documents that you can find directly on the project website (the Policy Recommendation, videos from the transfer of good practices, and other news from the partners).

Autumn Newsletter 2014 is available online!

Autumn Newsletter 2014

The minutes from the General Assembly and Board Meeting of 27th of June, took place in Brussels, Belgium are available online.

To read the full text please click here.

Check as well the presentation given by Director Pascaline Gaborit, providing useful background information.


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On 2 July 2014, the European Commission adopted new proposals to improve the environmental performance of buildings throughout their life cycle, from design, construction, through operation, to demolition and recycling of their materials.

The type of building we live or work in can affect our health – think of the ʻsick building syndromeʼ – and our wallet, as resource-efficient buildings are cheaper to run. But buildings also have a huge impact on the environment: almost half of the EU’s energy consumption and use of materials, as well as one-third of its water consumption are linked to building construction and use.

Read more about EU's actions here and check our Greenov project.

European and Asian Sustainable Towns, the publication related to EAST project is available.

The publication was edited by Pascaline Gaborit and published by P.I.E Peter Lang International Academic Publishers in June 2014.



AWARD publication

The Strength of Culture for Development

On the global scale, the challenges surrounding development are massive and complex, as inequalities in living conditions between the richest and poorest countries become greater. Development is a global challenge on a par with the financial crisis and environmental concerns. The participation of local communities and towns in development programmes may result from a desire for in uence at an international level, rather than the idea that they can bring some measure of stability, like the large NGOs.


Barcelona hosted the first ever Mayoral Forum on Migration, Mobility and Development on 19 June.