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Compete In @ European Week of Regions and Cities

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. The event was created in 2003 when the European Committee of the Regions invited Brussels-based local and regional representations to the European Union to open their doors to visitors simultaneously. One year later the European Commission's DG for Regional Policy also joined the adventure. Developing from the initial concept, the event has become a European networking platform for experts in regional and local development. Exchange of good practice in economic development and social inclusion, cross-border cooperation, public-private partnerships, regional innovation and community-led local development have become some of its many topics.

During the next European Week of Regions and Cities in program from 8th to 11th of October in Bruxelles, our Compete In project will be present inside the event Internationalisation of SMEs - Interreg Europe projects highlight their impact by Serena Foracchia, Reggio Emilia Deputy Mayor For International Affairs.

The Interreg Europe programme funds several projects supporting European SMEs to internationalise. This workshop provides a platform for four of these projects to detail their findings, and share their experiences about what has worked well and what could work better. Each project approaches the subject of internationalisation of SMEs from a different perspective. Projects will implement action plans to embed the findings of the interregional learning process. How will each project make a difference and what is the end user/target group experience? The workshop intends to provide valuable messages for future ERDF programming post 2020.

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