Joint Transnational Conference

13 Programmes - 1 Goal: to Improve Quality of Life in European Regions!

Start date: 15/09/2011  |  End date: 16/09/2011

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On 15 and 16 September 2011, the 13 transnational programmes currently operating in the framework of the European Territorial Cooperation objective organized for the first time a joint conference demonstrating how transnational cooperation helps to improve quality of life in European regions.

The event was a great success for European Transnational Cooperation and reached almost 1000 people (including an online audience participating via live stream). For a taste of what happened in Katowice, watch the conference highlights, see pictures and check written as well as drawn conclusions.

The Joint Transnational Conference 2011 demonstrates a successful kick off: we invite you to check this website regularly to find out about future activities jointly implemented by the 13 transnational programmes!

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Location Map

Katowice location map

    Video message from Commissionar Hahn

    See a video message from Commissionar Hahn

    Polish Presidency Conclusions

    Polish Presidency Conclusions on the territorial dimension of EU policies and the future Cohesion Policy: Towards an integrated, territorially differentiated and institutionally smart response to EU challenges

    The ministers responsible for regional policy, territorial cohesion and urban development of the 27 EU Member States received the conclusionsof the first Joint Transnational Conference in Katowice and its follow up workshop at the last Open Days. Transnational Cooperation was mentioned as “an important instrument of territorial cohesion and integration” in the press release issued by the Polish Presidency of the EU after the Informal Meeting of Ministers responsible for EU Cohesion Policy (Regional Policy), Territorial and Urban Development, held on 24 and 25 November 2011 in Poznań.

    The 13 Transnational Programmes continue their cooperation

    The 13 Transnational Programmes continue their cooperation:

    We are happy to inform you about the continuation of cooperation activities jointly organised by the 13 Transnational Programmes. 

    The OPEN DAYS are upcoming: on 12 October 2011 the transnational team will present the impact of Transnational Cooperation and how it became apparent at Katowice’s conference.  

    The aim of this workshop is twofold:

    1) to show what Transnational Cooperation does and how this level of cooperation can address topics not covered by any level of governance;

    2) to provide a platform for stakeholders to exchange views on the design of Transnational Cooperation beyond 2013 – potentially in the framework of the ‘EU 2020’ strategy.

    Organisational details:

    Workshop title:
    13 programmes – 1 goal: To improve quality of life through transnational cooperation!

    Date: 12/10/2011

    Time: 11:15h-13:00h

    Location: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Room 0D, Brussels, Belgium

    Target audience:

    •    Decision makers in the EU, Member States and Regions 

    •    Current and potential beneficiaries of ERDF funds 

    •    Journalists working for European, national, regional and local media. 

    Register now!  Some few seats are available. The registration deadline for the open days ends on 27 September 2011.



    Event announcement

            Polish Presidency of the EU Council


            First Day Video Montage


            Conference Video Montage

            Watch the video montage of the entire conference. 

            Environment and risks

            Polska Prezydencja w Radzie UE

              Press Release Joint Transnational Conference

              Presse Release published by the Press Office of the Ministry of Regional Development, Poland.  

              Focus on INTERACT

              Press Release First Day

              Key messages during the first day of the conference by Johannes Hahn, Commissionar for Regional Policy and  Elzbieta Bienkowska, Minister of Regional Development, Poland

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              enlargement - 398313_R_K_B_by_Adolf




              Press image 1

              View of the conference exhibition. 15.09.2011

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              Press image 2

              Testing an ageing suit at the Demographic Change exhibition booth. 15.09.2011

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              Press image 3

              Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA - Minister of Regional Development, Poland, gives a speech at the plenary session on 15.09.2011

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              Press image 4

              Normunds POPENS - Deputy Director-General, DG Regional Policy, European Commission and Kai BÖHME - PhD, Spatial Foresight GmbH, Luxembourg, in a panel discussion on 15.09.2011.

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              Press release after Poznan Meeting

              Press release published by the Polish Presidency after the meeting of Ministers for EU Cohesion Policy, Territorial and Urban Development of the 27 EU Member States in Poznan on 25/11/2011

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              • Normunds Popens, at the Open Days workshop: Transnational programmes to contribute to EU 2020, macro-regional strategies.
              • Workshop on transnational cooperation taking place now in Brussels on the occasion of the Open days 2011.

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