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

There are 11 Frequently Asked Questions for this event.
  1. 1.What is transnational cooperation?
  2. 2.How many transnational cooperation programmes are involved?
  3. 3.What is the aim of the conference?
  4. 4.When will the conference take place?
  5. 5.Where will the conference take place?
  6. 6.What is the setup of the conference?
  7. 7.Who will host the event?
  8. 8.Who is the target audience?
  9. 9.Is participation open to everybody?
  10. 10.Which topics will the conference address?
  11. 11.What expenses will be covered by the organisers and what expenses will delegates be resposible for?

  1. 1. What is transnational cooperation?
    Cohesion policy encourages regions and cities from different EU Member States to work together and learn from each other through joint programmes, projects and networks. In the period 2007-13 the European Territorial Co-operation objective (formerly the INTERREG Community Initiative) covers three types of programmes, one of which are the transnational cooperation programmes.
    In practical terms, being transnational means involving project partners from at least three countries (in most programmes). However, transnationality means much more than this: Making a joint effort to achieve something that the project partners would not be able to achieve on their own. The transnational setup allows the programmes and projects to tackle challenges beyond boundaries, such as flood management, energy issues or transport corridors.
    The current ERDF funding period runs from 2007 to 2013. Project partners are usually public authorities, administrations and development agencies at local, regional and national level as well as public equivalent bodies (e.g. regional development associations, innovation and development agencies and foundations, universities) and non profit organisations. On certain conditions also private bodies can be involved in transnational projects. Back to Top
  2. 2. How many transnational cooperation programmes are involved?
    The event is jointly organised by all 13 transnational cooperation programmes under the European Regional Development Fund. Back to Top
  3. 3. What is the aim of the conference?
    At the conference, the programmes aim to showcase the added value and discuss the future perspectives of transnational cooperation in Europe.
    The conference will provide a platform for stakeholders to exchange views on the design of transnational cooperation beyond 2013 in the light of the EU 2020 strategy. Back to Top
  4. 4. When will the conference take place?
    On 15th and 16th September 2011 (lunch to lunch). Back to Top
  5. 5. Where will the conference take place?
    The conference will take place in Katowice (Poland). The venue will be the Music Academy. Please see venue details here. Back to Top
  6. 6. What is the setup of the conference?
    The conference will include panel discussions and thematic workshop sessions along with an exhibition composed around six centres of experience. The event can be followed online via a live stream.  See draft agenda. Back to Top
  7. 7. Who will host the event?
    The Polish Ministry of Regional Development will be hosting the event. The event has been announced in the official calendar of the Polish EU presidency. Back to Top
  8. 8. Who is the target audience?
    The conference is targeted at decision makers on EU cohesion policy from all European countries and regions and at EU level. Back to Top
  9. 9. Is participation open to everybody?
    Due to a limited number of seats, attendance at the event in Katowice will be by invitation only. However, to encourage the active involvement of a wider audience, it will be possible to follow and comment on the event online. Live streaming and postings of questions will be available on this website. Back to Top
  10. 10. Which topics will the conference address?
    Smart growth:
    - Innovation
    - Transport
    Sustainable growth:
    - Environment
    - Energy
    Inclusive growth:
    - Demographic Change
    - Enlargement and external cooperation Back to Top
  11. 11. What expenses will be covered by the organisers and what expenses will delegates be resposible for?
    Admission to the conference is free of charge. The organisers will cover the expenses for lunches on both days of the conference, as well as for the dinner on 15 September. All other expenses will have to be covered by the participants. Back to Top


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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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