European Emerging Regions

Panel event on impacting pilot projects

October 11th, 2019 in Brussels


Alentejo Europe Initiative, invites all European Emerging Region’s local and regional authorities, committed businesses, technologists, researchers and academicians to contribute for debating priorities, ideas and projects that make regions to better target opportunities to growth, integrate, cohere, balance, and emerge as leaders on addressing global, European and local common challenges of the future.


On October 11th, 2019, the European Week of Regions and Cities’ Friday, in Brussels, European Emerging Regions will get together open for debate, dialog, partnering and co-creation of innovative and impactful common projects.

Science, knowledge, data-driven innovation, innovative governance are critical to build-up climate friendly, environmentally responsible, socially valuable, citizen-centric smart solutions to unlock all European regions potential to address European challenges of the future.

Innovative investment, governance and entrepreneurship are crucial factors for European Emerging Regions to succeed and deliver integrated responses to challenges of the future. Innovative pilot projects have sustained impacts that helped these regions to address common challenges. During the event, inspiring projects will be presented and new concepts for the upcoming financial framework will be discussed.


Strategic networking is the event’s objective. The event will bring together regions and cities on one hand, projects and innovation on the other. This event is a call for long term partnering for upcoming opportunities and missions.

During the event, invited speakers will have an intervention and presentations about projects that shown as decisive for regions to emerge as European front-runners for innovation. As result, growth and inbound investment flows at a recognizable rate occurred to create jobs, attract professionals and generate innovation generating mobility. Well balanced strategies, in which the investment mechanisms and the funding sources are optimised, succeeded in generating a notable case study among the European Emerging Regions which are the primary focus of the event.

The event is a unique opportunity to network with emerging players, to share emerging ideas and to get involved with emerging regions.


The event is open to all interested publics, notably:

Members of local, regional or urban public authorities

Investors looking for insights on emerging regions’ strategies

Strategists looking for inspirational cross-exchange experiences

Planners, looking for references and examples of case-studies

Local or regional elected officials, or candidates, open to share visions

Researchers and students looking for recent advancements and new ideas

Entrepreneurs looking for emerging opportunities


Alentejo Europe Initiative represents the Portuguese region of Alentejo. Alentejo is a leading emerging region. Alentejo is one of largest European regions, increasingly a hub of culture, modernity and sustainability, and a climate, nature and biodiversity friendly region open to future, Europe and innovation.

IrRADIARE, Science for Evolution’s supports from Brussels and Lisbon the development of projects, initiatives, concepts and programmes that at European-level add innovation value to cities, regions, clusters and networks.


This event is free of charge but the registration is required.


October 11th, 2019

Avenue de Cortenbergh 12, 1000 Brussels
Embassy of Portugal

09:00 Welcome coffee and registration of participants

09:30 Opening address
Pedro Lourtie, Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the European Union

09:45 Welcome addresses
Roberto Grilo, CCDRAlentejo, President
José Calixto, ADRAL - Alentejo Development Agency, President

10:00 Moderation introductory address
Marcos António Nogueira, IrRADIARE, Head of EU Office

10:10 Region of Extremadura - project to be defined,
César Morcillo, Office of Extremadura in Brussels (tbc)

10:20 Győr, Hungary - DIFASS project
Robert Nemeth, PBN

10:30 Kaunas, Lithuania - InCompass project
Tomas Černevičius, Kaunas Science and Technology Park

10:40 Kharkiv, Ukraine- SUCSID project
Iryna Zolotaryova, Kharkiv National University of Economics / Paula Peiro, ISG

10:50 Brno, Czech Republic- project to be defined,
Jiří Marek , Manager of Events and Projects of Smart City

11:00 Region of Emilia Romagna, Italy
Clementina Piani, RICC Network- Regional Initiative for Culture and Creativity

11:10 South Denmark, AQUACOMBINE Project
Mette Hedegaard Thomsend

11:20 Coffee break

11:50 Aims, history and current rules of the common agricultural policy- how to support EU emerging regions
Michael Pielke, European Commission, DG Agriculture and rural development, Commissioner

12:00 Supporting the competitiveness, sustainability and quality of life at regional and local levels
Miglena Dobreva, Financial Instruments Advisor, European Investment Bank

12:10 Strengthens EU policy development via the promotion of a regional innovation ecosystems approach and Smart Specialization
Pirita Lindholm, ERRIN, Director

12:20 Science and innovation impact on emerging regions
Maria da Graca, Member of European Parliament

12:30 Debate

13:00 Closing address


Permanent Representation of Portugal to the European Union

Avenue de Cortenbergh 12, 1000 Brussels
Embassy of Portugal

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