OPEN DAYS 2013 is accompanied by an exhibition '100 EUrban solutions' showcasing transferable good practices in the area of smart, sustainable and inclusive urban development. Spread over several venues in the Brussels' EU quarter including the Committee of the Regions and regional offices nearby, the different exhibition components form the '100 EUrban solutions' route.
Commissioner Hahn invites all participants to the launch event of the outdoor exhibition in Place Jean Rey, Tuesday 8th of October, at 17.30 sharp!
Networking activities are organised in the evening of 8 October in the different locations of the exhibition.
Before you attend any seminar, you will have to pick up your personalised OPEN DAYS badge at the European Commission - Charlemagne building or at the Committee of the Regions (locations and opening time on our website's practical information).
The badge will give you access to all workshop venues. Beware that no badges will be delivered at the European Parliament, and that registered participants without access badges will not be able to access European institution buildings. Moreover, we advise you to be at your workshop venue at least 30 minutes ahead to allow for the necessary security checks. Access to the European Parliament for the Opening session might even take longer
On-site registration is still possible for the workshops having some remaining free places. For the on-site registration, you can use one of the two OPEN DAYS registration points in the Committee of the Regions building and the European Commission Charlemagne building.
In almost all OPEN DAYS premises you'll find the latest issues of some external publications focused on the OPEN DAYS and this year's themes.
From the European Parliament Magazine's Regional Review, to European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, Government Gazette and Europolitics, all these publications include many articles and contributions from Commissionner Hahn and other Commissioners, but also from President Valcárcel and other members of the Committee of the Regions
Some 12 events are taking place this week all over Europe, including a high-level conference on Urbanisation, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services organised in Brussels by the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with video messages by Mr. Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment and Mr. Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Environment Committee.
A second event will take place in Saarbrücken (Germany) on 11 October. This congress and workshop on Transborder cooperation in the Greater Region will gather high-level French and German professors of private law.
Skedsmo municipality outside of Oslo has taken a lead in using and testing new zero emission technologies. Skedsmo is the first public authority in Norway to have purchased a fuel cell hydrogen car (Hyundai ix35).
For OPEN DAYS, they decided to drive all the way to Brussels using only existing refueling infrastructure. The hydrogen trip will take the same amount of time as a car trip with a conventional car. Deputy Mayor Boye Bjerkholt is taking part in this road trip.
During OPEN DAYS several seminars will focus on zero emission solutions for vehicles, where the Oslo Municipality and Akershus County has taken a lead by providing the most extensive infrastructure for both electric and fuel-cell cars.