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The theme of this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities OPEN DAYS 2013 was the new programming period and local governments’ preparations for the new financial perspective. During this incredibly intense week over a hundred seminars and workshops, attended by representatives of European regions, took place in Brussels. The representatives of Pomerania, including the marshal, Mieczyslaw Struk and the deputy marshal, Wieslaw Byczkowski, could not have been missed out.

At the conference entitled “Microsoft CityNext – Opportunities the Latest Technology Creates for the Cities of Central and Eastern Europe”, the marshal, Mieczyslaw Struk presented the achievements of the Pomorskie region, that is the implementation of ICT projects and the expansion of the broadband network. Marshal focused in particular on projects concerning the support of health services and the development of tourism. The presented projects included: Regional Medical Information System for the Pomorskie Region, Interactive Tourist Information System and the scientific research project carried out jointly by Microsoft and the Pomorskie region. The marshal also took part in the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions , during which he actively participated in the debate on the future exploration and exploitation of the shale gas. The marshal managed to create a broad coalition of support for the amendments that he himself proposed, and which were later supported the members of the British, Lithuanian, Polish, Spanish, and Portuguese delegations.

Another Pomeranian accent at this year’s OPEN DAYS took place during the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions, when the mayor of Gdańsk, Pawel Adamowicz’s views on the developing entrepreneurship in Europe were accepted. His speech, which was a respond to the European Commission’s “European Agenda for Entrepreneurship 2020”, was approved unanimously by the plenary.

As usually, the Pomorskie was also represented at the seminar organised by a conglomerate of the European regions. This year, the vice president of Sopot, Joanna Cichocka-Gula, shed more light on the investments co-financed by the EU, which had contributed to the development of cultural infrastructure of the city. The presentation took place during the seminar “Business? Culture? Tourism? – Take your pick! Brainstorm Ideas to Boost More Growth and Jobs”, which was prepared and coordinated by the Pomorskie in the European Union Association.       

The Pomorskie in the European Union Association also launched a meeting for the representatives of the Pomeranian non-governmental organisations; the event blended perfectly with the OPEN DAYS 2013 programme. During the meeting, the participants were able to learn more about the functioning of the Association, under which operates the Pomorskie Regional EU Office in Brussels, as well as about the opportunities to promote the organisation and to develop the co-operation within the framework of the international projects.

Presentations included in the “Business? Culture? Tourism? – Take your pick! Brainstorm Ideas to Boost More Growth and Jobs” seminar are available below:

Mr Maciej Szymanowicz – Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Education and Culture – original presentation

Projects, partnerships and innovative solutions for regional growth: the case of Silivri  – Mr Ozcan ISIKLAR – Mayor, Silivri Municipality (Turkey)

Cultural Infrastructure Development Supported by EU Structural Funds –  Ms Joanna CICHOCKA-GULA – Deputy Mayor, city of Sopot, Pomorskie Region (Poland)

The European Capital of Culture initiative potential: the Sofia Case  – Dr Todor CHOBANOV – Deputy Mayor, City of Sofia (Bulgaria)

The Tourism of Tomorrow: European Regions as Drivers of Sustainable Change – Ms Cristina NUñEZ – Coordinator, European network of regions for sustainable and competitive tourism (NECSTouR)

Tourism at hand – cooperation to success – Ms Ivana KOLAR – General Manager, Krapina-Zagorje County (Croatia)

Culture and nature = business – Ms Dorota SKWAREK – Deputy Director, Lubelskie Region (Poland)

Cultural policy, a strategy of integrated development and inclusive growth – Ms Morgane VANDERNOTTE – Region Nord-Pas de Calais (France)

Seminar programme