3rd EU Macro-Regional Strategies Week

Meeting topic: 

The 3rd edition will stand under the motto Engage, Empower, Evolve and is centered around three topics: Youth, European Green Deal and Social Innovation.

The purpose of the third edition is to Engage with stakeholders from across the MRS and the EU institutions, to Empower them to take charge of the opportunities MRS offer in order to Evolve their macro-regions towards a smart and sustainable future.

With 2022 being the European Year of Youth, the event will put a special notion on how MRS empower young people to become active citizens and actors of positive change, to promote opportunities provided by EU policies for young people and to include their ideas and visions through MRS.

For the first time, a call for stakeholder sessions has been launched around the three chosen topics to form part of the programme. These sessions will broaden involvement and give various stakeholders from the EU and beyond to possibility to shape the EU MRS Week with the organisers. All stakeholder sessions will be held in digital formats.

More information


[Download program here]

All the details on the implication of EUSALP Action Groups for the stakeholder sessions here

Monday 7 March – Plenary sessions

13:00-13:30 Opening Session

13:30-14:15 Open discussion with 4 EU MRS Presidencies and Marc Lemaitre followed by Q&A

14:30-16:00 Young innovators as drivers of macro-regional development

16:10-17:30 From global to local: How EU macro-regional strategies mobilize people, institutions and funds for the implementation of the European Green Deal *with contributions by AG9. The session aims to raise awareness of how the policies and funding instruments aimed at addressing climate/environmental challenges at a global, European and macro-regional level are interconnected. Concrete EU RMS projects and initiatives will also be presented and discussed to inspire other macro-regions to overcome similar challenges.


Tuesday 8 March

Plenary sessions

09:30-11:00 Social change – how the EU macro-regional strategies can influence the social reality

11:15-12:00 Keynote speech by Commissioner Ferreira followed by Q&A

Parallel sessions [ZOOM]

  • 13:30-15:00 AG4 Sustainable mobility solutions in the Alpine Region – what we can learn from youth engagement. The Alpine region is a perfect use case for improving connectivity by offering public transport solutions, including cheap and integrated tickets, to allow young people to make their mobility sustainable. The recent EC study on cross-border public transport and the ARPAF CrossBorder project, as well as the good practices of the Alpine regions, will provide some concrete solutions, but will also indicate the obstacles to be overcome.
  • 13:30-15:00 Spatial strategies supporting green and just transition in European macro-regions
  • 15:30-17:00 Youth guidance centres - supporting vulnerable groups of young adults to enter the labour market
  • 15:30-17:00 Reducing inequalities on MRS through social infrastructure and innovation

*** In parallel all day: AG2 meeting: the event represents a good opportunity, after two years of pandemic, to get back in touch with the European programs, opportunities and actors of the new programming period. ***

Wednesday 9 March

Parallel sessions [ZOOM]

  • 09:00-10:30 Transformative action for climate resilient and adaptive regions
  • 09:00-10:30 The citizens’ Shadow Report – an alternative positive voice
  • 11:00-12:30 Cities engaging with young people & Implementation of EUSBSR
  • 11:00-12:30 Challenges and opportunities for the Carpathian region in the context of the EU Green Deal

Stakeholder sessions [ZOOM]

13:30-15:00 Fostering the renovation wave in the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian macro-regions

15:30-17:00 Maritime digitalisation - helping the transport chain to become greener, safer and more efficient

*** In parallel all day: EUSALP Youth Council activities: peer to peer training on specific topics (mobility and connectivity, economic development and environment) to formulate proposals to be submitted to the COFE platform - Visit of the European Parliament and meeting with European Youth Foundation and Committee of the Regions representatives (see program below) ***

Thursday 10 March

Stakeholder sessions [ZOOM]

  • 09:00-10:30 AG5 Smart Villages: Smart solutions for innovative rural communities in macro-regions. The session aims to discuss how macro-regional strategies can support policy makers and operators in the development and implementation of the smart village approach. It also offers the opportunity to discuss how exchange between MRSs can increase the capacity to address challenges in rural communities and share ideas for developing smart solutions aimed at making rural communities greener, social and even more attractive.
  • 09:00-10:30 EUSALP financial dialogue networks workshop: taking the embedding process one step further [Find here details on the session]
  • 11:00-12:30 Fit for synchronizing RDI funding programmes: hands-on experiences from Innov. Express and ARDIA-Net
  • 11:00-12:30 S3 interregional cooperation on sustainable blue economy: Cross fertilisation among MRS and SBS
  • 13:30-15:00 AG1 Promoting green transition and sustainable growth through cross-macro-regional smart specialisation. The session is aimed at an in-depth study on how to sensitize and influence macro-regional stakeholders and policy makers on the opportunities offered by the development of a macro-regional and inter-macro-regional strategic approach to smart specialization strategies (S3). The emphasis will be on inclusive sustainability and support for the EU Green Deal.
  • 13:30-15:00 How to promote resilience & digitalisation of bio-based value chains – The Danube alliance approach
  • 15:30-17:00 Environmental success of youth in the European macro regions - What can we learn from them?
  • 15:30-17:00 Women in innovation – promoting a gender equal EU Green Deal

Friday 11 March

09:00-12:00 High-level group meeting

13:00-15:00 Trio Presidencies of the EU MRS and the European Commission