European Economic and Social Committee: Public Hearing Cohesion Policy 2021-2027

06 September 2018

The EESC is preparing several opinions and will hold a public hearing on Regional Development and Cohesion Policy for the period 2021-2027, bringing together officials, experts and civil society representatives to engage in the necessary consensus-building on the way ahead, which would also serve as an input to the EU leaders' decisions expected in the coming years.

More information can be found on the EESC website.

How to make museums more accessible: COME-IN! project visit

06 September 2018

COME-IN! brings together partners from six central European countries to make small-and medium-sized museums more accessible for people with different kinds of disabilities. Museums are places where everyone should be able to see and learn about our cultural heritage. But many museums in central Europe encounter difficulties to become more accessible. Reasons reach from a lack of organisational knowledge and limited financial resources all the way to a lack of investment and adequate promotion. The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE project helps museums operators to overcome the difficulties through COME-IN! guidelines, a training handbook which is followed up by pilot actions and training sessions.

Inclusiveness is a strategic topic for Europe and the rather small-scale investments of this transnational Interreg cooperation project will save a lot of financial resources and efforts across borders. Museums located in other central European regions and cities will benefit from effective, tested solutions and guidelines.

Simulating disabilities to experience the value of accessibility

COME-IN! will present its achievements in Vienna to a closed group of policy makers from the Ministries of Finance of EU Member States. The presentation will include a tour of an accessible museum, in which participants can experience the museum as visitors in a wheelchair or with visual impairments. The tools and inclusive exhibition design developed thanks to cooperation between museums, public authorities and interest groups beyond borders will highlight the effects of small investments transferable to many other cities and regions. 

To achieve such results #cooperationiscentral – today and in the future.

European Committee of the Regions: Stakeholder Consultation on Common Provisions Regulation

12 September 2018

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has decided to prepare an opinion on the proposal for the Common Provisions Regulation, which was presented by the European Commission on 29 May 2018.

Ms Catiuscia MARINI (IT/PES) and Mr Michael SCHNEIDER (DE/EPP), the two co-rapporteurs for the CoR opinion on the matter, will meet with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on the relevant topic of this opinion.

The consultation meeting will take place on 12 September 2018 from 11:00 to 12:30 in the European Committee of the Regions building (Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels), room JDE 51. In addition, if you have any position papers relevant to the subject, you are invited to send them by email to coter@cor.europa.eu.

Registration to the consultation is open until 11 September.

Viennese cross-border Interreg  projects celebrate cooperation day

27 September, Vienna

Celebrate European Cooperation Day 2018 and join project presentations by cross-border Interreg programmes Austria-Czech Republic, Austria-Hungary, Slovakia-Austria and the City of Vienna.

This year’s motto: "Skills without Borders"

Running projects with Viennese partners focusing on cooperation in the field of education and research will be presented in an interactive way. Thanks to another cooperation project Bilateral Design Networks, you can visit the Post - Otto - Wagner exhibition after the event.

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Admission is free of charge.

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