Organised by the Directorate-General responsible for the Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and the European Committee of the Regions, this yearly meeting gathered in 2018 more than 6000 participants, 140 local authorities and hosted 170 seminars. This meeting took place within the context of the preparation of the next budget 2021-2027 and for the 30th anniversary of the Cohesion policy untitled “For a strong EU Cohesion Policy beyond 2020”.
The European Week of Regions and Cities not only creates an ideal space for meetings and best practices exchanges but also education opportunities to master the setting-up of European funded projects. Workshops, networking sessions, seminars in the Agora and finally the RegioStar awards punctuated this four-days conference. Besides the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the topic of cultural heritage had the place of honour. Indeed, it was designated as one of the main focus for the future of the cohesion policy, approached by emphasizing the social and citizenship dimension of cultural heritage while including private initiatives and digital practices.
Hence, on the one hand, the AVEC Network met Euro-mediterranean cultural cooperation actors and EU cultural projects experts. On the other hand, the network could anticipate the next budget trends regarding funds for cultural heritage and tourism projects.