„Global Challenges, European Responses" is the general motto of this year's seventh edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities „Open Days" 2009, organised by the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions. Between 5-8 October approx. 7 thousand participants from more than 200 EU and non-EU regions will take part in a programme embracing 125 conferences and seminars on the following four leading themes: Restoring growth: innovation in Europe's regions and cities, Regions and climate change: Europe's way to sustainable regional development, Territorial cooperation: Working together across borders, Achieving results, looking ahead: EU Cohesion Policy's evaluation and future prospects.
The meetings of the Committee of the Regions will also be attended by Mayor Jerzy Kropiwnicki. The official opening of the „Open Days" will be inaugurated with speeches by: Danuta Hübner, President of the Regional Development Commission, European Parliament (REGI), Luc Van Den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions, Paweł Samecki, Commissioner for Regional Policy, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Maud Olofson, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy on behalf of the Swedish Presidency.
Additionally, between 5 - 6 October, Mayor Jerzy Kropiwnicki will participate in the meetings of the EPP group. During the session the group will analyse its members' activities to date and present the results of the competition „Think - Act - Change" for a one-minute film presenting opinions on the European Union and its policies.
As part of the workshop co-organised by Lodz within the conglomerate titled „Networking for Innovation", whose other members include Barcelona (Spain), Dublin (Ireland), Mantova (Italy), and Varna (Bulgaria), the Mayor as one of the key-note speakers will give a speech on „ Territorial Cooperation Drives Innovation - Example of the City of Lodz.
Mayor J. Kropiwnicki will also meet with representatives of information industry companies that have expressed interested in collaborating with Lodz (e.g. Cisco Systems). (pz)