Hi guys, does anyone know if speaking at this EC event worthwhile doing/anything that can be useful to any of the work we/you are doing?
Hello Mr. Appel,
thank you for your kind invitation. It would be good to have a quick call if possible to better understand the context and how we might make a meaningful contribution to the discussion? I can be reached at +32485079163
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On Friday, 4 October 2019 11:33, <REGIO-CITIZENS-CONFERENCEfirstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Dear Ms. El-Imam,
In her political guidelines for the future Commission, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen expressed her will for European citizens to play a leading and active part in building the future of our Union. The importance of more citizen engagement has been recognised and strengthened in the Lisbon Treaty with the European citizens’ initiative and in a number of documents and political declarations, such as the Commission contribution to the Sibiu Declaration for a “new strategic agenda for the EU 2019-2024”.
EU Cohesion Policy provides financial support for sustainable growth to all EU regions. Partnerships are essential for successful implementation of the policy. After 30 years of Cohesion Policy, we have seen good examples of active participations of citizens, local communities and civil society. The start of a new programming period in 2021 is an opportunity to consider how to make the most of the partnership principle for the future.
Against this background, the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission (DG REGIO) is organising a high-level conference on “Engaging Citizens for Good Governance in Cohesion Policy”. The conference will take place on 6 February 2020 in Brussels (The Square conference centre). We will look at how to ensure closer cooperation with citizens and civil society in the governance and implementation of Cohesion Policy and dedicated EU funds. Our aim is to bring together a variety of decision makers and stakeholders.
By way of this letter, I would like to warmly invite you to join me at this event and participate as a speaker in a breakout session on open data and tech to engage citizens. We would be honoured if you could share your views and insights with us.
The session is planned for the afternoon. Please find enclosed a draft agenda. Travel and accommodation will be offered and organised by us, if needed. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me and my team via e-mail: REGIO-CITIZENS-CONFERENCEemail@example.com. A webpage dedicated to the event provides the latest information for speakers and participants https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/conferences/citizens_good_governance.
Head of Unit
Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
Unit E1 – Administrative Capacity Building and European Solidarity Fund