European Congress of Local Governments
Krakow 4th -5th May 2015,
Europe of Regions – Starting A New Chapter
The European Congress of Local Governments will be a platform of exchange of views, knowledge and experience for local governments’ leaders and regional elites with the representatives of state administration, NGOs and business. The formula of the European Congress of Local Governments will be modeled on that of the Economic Forum in Krynica. The guest of the Congress will be BronislawKomorowski, President of the Republic of Poland
The regional dimension of European integration is getting increasingly important. Europe consists of its regions and for many European citizens it is shaped by them. The new financial perspective of the European Union poses an exceptional challenge before local authorities as the financial means are reallocated from national projects and programmes to the regional ones. To successfully apply for EU funds in 2014-2020 you will need to cooperate with external partners, jointly identify common priorities, as well as share tasks and responsibilities. The European Congress of Local Governments will be a perfect place to discuss new rules of implementation of the EU funds thanks to broader contacts and interregional cooperation both with the closest neighbours as well as partners from all over Europe.
Strong regional government is the government of involved residents, open and transparent administration, thriving scientific and academic centers as well as local and international business. – says Jacek Majchrowski, City Hall of Krakow, which is hosted by the City of Congress. European Congress of Local Governments is a great opportunity to rise a discussion about cooperation between those sectors. I hope that the event will not only teach us new and interesting solutions used in other countries, but also allow us, the capital of the Lesser Poland, to inspire others.
Mr MarkkuMarkkula, President of the Committee of the Regions – the official partner of the Congress, has confirmed his presence in Krakow. The mission and the ambition of European Committee of the Regions is to make the voice of local and regional authorities heard and taken into consideration in the process of shaping European policies. We are all striving to live up to the expectations of local communities. We want the measures taken at European level correspond to their actual needs. That is why we actively support the European Congress of Local Governments and we see it as a great opportunity to learn about new experiences and hear opinions on the future of the EU.
The conference will be held from 4th -5th May 2015, at ICE Kraków Congress Centre. More than 60 events will be held around 4 thematic paths, each consisting of: thematic blocks, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, presentations. The Congress will give an opportunity for regional leaders to discuss ways of increasing the effectiveness in using EU structural funds, share experience and make contacts.
The organizer of the European Congress of Local Governments is Institute for Eastern Studies – the organizer of the Economic Forum in Krynica.