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Save the date - European Regions and Cities: Engines for Growth and Social Development?

19 September 2019

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Date: 5 December 2019
Time: 10:30-18:30

Venue: CDC Headquarters, 15 quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris

European Regions and Cities: Engines for Growth and Social Development?

As Europe’s economic recovery remains uncertain, regions and cities alike are already at the front line facing widening inequalities, spatial justice issues and climate emergency. While they have the main responsibility of implementing social and economic policy on the path to 2030, they often do that with constrained fiscal powers and inability to access resources. 

This conference will discuss the nature and scope of the growing challenges facing European regions and cities and how they could work together to cope with them. It will gather local authorities, policy makers, academics and investors to debate policy tools and innovative financial solutions. With the new European Commission just starting off its mandate, the moment is right to discuss effective policies to strengthen regions and cities as major engines of inclusive growth and social development.

Draft programme

How to participate

The conference will be held in English. The programme and information on how to register will be available in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact 

Follow the discussions online with #CEB2019 and @COEbanknews. 

Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 41 member states. Twenty-two Central, Eastern and South Eastern European countries, forming the Bank's target countries, are listed among the member states. As a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, the Bank finances social projects by making available resources raised in conditions reflecting the quality of its rating (AAA with Standard & Poor's, outlook stable, AA+ with Fitch Ratings, outlook stable and Aa1 with Moody's, outlook stable). It thus grants loans to its member states, and to financial institutions and local authorities in its member states for the financing of projects in the social sector, in accordance with its Articles of Agreement.