13 Programmes one goal: to improve the quality of life in European regions!

On 15 and 16 September 2011, the 13 transnational programmes currently operating in the framework of the European Territorial Cooperation objective organized for the first time a joint conference demonstrating how transnational cooperation helps to improve quality of life in European regions.

The event was a great success for European Transnational Cooperation and reached almost 1000 people (including an online audience participating via live stream). For a taste of what happened in Katowice, watch the conference highlights, see pictures and check written as well as drawn conclusions on:


Conference conclusions



On 12 October 2011, the 13 programmes went a step further with the organisation of a joint workshop at the Open Days (European Week of Regions and Cities).

The aim of this workshop was twofold:

1) to show what Transnational Cooperation does and how this level of cooperation can address topics not covered by any level of governance;

2) to provide a platform for stakeholders to exchange views on the design of Transnational Cooperation beyond 2013 – potentially in the framework of the ‘EU 2020’ strategy.

Find proceedings and presentations here (Theme B Geography matters – session 11B20).