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Press Release - Interior Minister of Cyprus addresses the 10th European Week of Regions and Cities
05.10.2012, 12:06 (CET)
Minister of Interior, Ms Eleni Mavrou, will give a keynote address, on behalf of the Cyprus Presidency, in the European Parliament at the opening of the OPEN DAYS 2012, which celebrates the European Week of Regions and Cities. The week will include more than 100 events and is expected to attract an audience of 6,000 local and regional stakeholders.

The events will begin on Monday October 8 2012, with the Opening Session of the 10th European Week of Regions and Cities in the European Parliament (EP). The events, which are jointly organized by the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional Policy and the Committee of the Regions, are expected to attract an audience of 6,000 local and regional stakeholders and over 200 regions and cities from 33 countries.

“Europe’s regions and cities: Making a difference”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event and is entitled “Europe’s regions and cities: Making a difference”. The event will be held amidst discussions in the EP regarding the legislative framework for cohesion policy 2014-2020 and on-going negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework. This key annual event provides the opportunity for cities and regions to demonstrate their capacity to create growth and job opportunities, as well as to show they are successfully implementing the EU cohesion policy and the Europe 2020 strategy by producing the desired results.

Over 100 seminars and workshops will take place in which stakeholders will discuss Europe’s growth and jobs strategy and the future of the EU budget at this crucial time. During the Opening Session of OPEN DAYS 2012, keynote speeches will be given by Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and Mr Josè Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. Ms Mavrou will also give a keynote address on behalf of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Demetris Christofias. The Opening Session will address aspects from a regional point of view in an aim to demonstrate that cohesion policy has an added value in spurring Europe’s economic recovery, encouraging ownership of the 2020 strategy and increasing economic, social and territorial cohesion.

Communications Officer
Dina Kapardis

Ministry of Interior
EU Affairs Unit
Email: ckapardis@moi.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22867721