Attending European Week of Regions and Cities 2019

At the beginning of October, IPoP attended the European Week of Regions and Cities. Maja Simoneti participated in the discussion Territorial Governance as Development Chance for the Western Balkans and she gave a presentation about sustainable urban regeneration.

Between the 7th and 10th October 2019, more than 9,000 participants including over 1,000 speakers from across Europe and beyond gathered in Brussels for a programme of more than 300 working sessions, exhibitions, and networking events on regional and local development. Each year, the programme is adapted to the specific context of the EU agenda. The #EURegionsWeek is an annual Brussels-based four-day event during which officials from regions and cities’ administrations, as well as experts and academics,  can exchange good practices and know-how in the field of regional and urban development. It is also an established platform for political communication concerning the development of the EU cohesion policy, raising decision-makers’ awareness about the fact that regions and cities matter in EU policy-making. The event is the biggest European public event of its kind.

9 October 2019, 09WS396 – Territorial governance as development chance for the Western BalkansrBelgium – Brussels – October 2019r© EU/UE













IPoP participated in the event on Wednesday, October 9th, at the session Territorial governance as development chance for the Western Balkan. The session was organised by Spatial Foresight and the Western Balkan Network for Territorial Governance, one of whose founding member is also IPoP. The first part of the session illustrated the need for better governance and cooperation between players to counterbalance recent trends. Tomaž Miklavčič from the Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning emphasised the remaining challenges related to stability in the region, related to economic growth and protecting the environment. He reached the polemical conclusion that nature conservation in the Western Balkans is one of the developmental advantages of the region. Among others, Maja Simoneti from IPoP presented a specific example: school transport, which involved participation in different sectoral policies. These kinds of specific cases illustrate the benefits of cooperation and coordination and contribute to changing the culture in decision-making to include more players.

On Thursday, October 10th, IPoP participated in the session Experiences of Sustainable Urban Regeneration with a presentation on social dimensions Participation in redevelopment processes in the case of the renovation of the Ljubljana Tobacco Factory. Hers was one of the different cases in the field of private-public partnerships (PPP) presented:

  • management of the micro-climate by green spaces and water (Karen Landuyt, area coordinator urban planning – City of Leuven – Flanders)
  • sustainable treatment of soil contamination will take into account the side effects on the environment e.g. transport, heat treatment, … (Eddy Wille, senior advisor – geologist, OVAM – public agency, management of wastes, materials and soil remediation – Flanders)
  • development charges can be imposed in a public tender, in a plan project permit or an implementation PPP (Francis Charlier, legal advisor – Flanders)


Head photo: 10 October 2019, 10WS377 – Sustainable Urban Regeneration Belgium – Brussels – October 2019 © EU/UE

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