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7th Conference of European Regions and Cities (CERC) 18 - 20 September 2011, Linz, Austria

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© Institut der Regionen Europas (IRE)

5. August 2011

The Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE) invites for the seventh time to the Conference of the European Regions and Cities, which will take place in Linz this year. The focus will be on the Europe 2020 Strategy and its implementation on the regional and local level.

The 7th Conference of European Regions and Cities, organized by the Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE) , will be held from 18-20 September 2011 in Linz (Upper-Austria) and will focus on the Europe 2020 Strategy and its implementation on the regional and local level. The conference will kick off on 18th September with the IRE Export Forum on the topic „The Digital Agenda for Europe as a Chance for Less Developed Regions“ presenting speakers/experts from Austria and the European Union (EU).

The official opening of the conference will take place on 19th September with the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn being present. This will be followed by a panel-discussion on “Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Regions and Cities”.
The topics of the four working groups offered are:

  • Restoration of regional and local public budgets
  • Intelligent Smart Grid-Solutions – E-mobility
  • Modernisation of traffic systems for a resource-preserving Europe – financing of infrastructure
  • Energy efficiency in cities and energy performance contracting


The IRE Scientific Symposium on „How to find Additional Financial Resources for Regional Universities“ on 20th September will conclude the three-day event, with high-level representatives of regional universities from all over Europe introducing their best-practice examples.

Participation in Linz is free for representatives of regions or cities and students. For company representatives applies a participation fee of EUR 350. About 300 participants are expected to come.

More information on the conference including registration, programme and hotel reservation can be found on the IRE-Website: http://www.institut-ire.eu/en/veranstaltung.htm

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