The European Week of Regions and Cities is the biggest annual Brussels-based event dedicated to cohesion policy. Over the last 18 years, it has done much to promote policy learning and the exchange of good practice. 

This year, European Week was held from the 11th – 14th October 2021. Due to the  pandemic, the 2020 event was the first digital edition ever organised, attracting more than 10.000 participants online. Based on this success, this new advanced event’s platform will ensure in 2021 the opportunity to debate, keeping communities connected, exchanging best practices and ideas between partners and participants on four themes: Cohesion, Green transition, Digital transition, Citizens’ engagement.

Under the heading “Together for recovery”, this year programme is focused on the capacity of the EU and of national and regional governments to support European citizens and their local communities with practical measures and public policies aimed at investing in a fairer, greener and more digital future for recovery. In this respect, the new cohesion policy and new generation of EU programmes for 2021-2027, as well as the EU’s financial instruments for tackling the COVID-19 crisis, will be centre stage in the 2021 event.

The project “Protection observatory for regional area of medicinal plants as lively cross-border infrastructure of sustainable tourism – PORALIST”, implemented within the Cross-border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Montenegro 2014-2020, was presented at the European Week of Regions and Cities as an example of good practice within the “Regional tourism spurs the healing process in the Western Balkans” workshop. The presentation was made by Danijela Jandrić, project manager from the Zlatibor Regional Development Agency.

The overall objective of the project is Contribution to good nature stewardship by enhanced preservation streamlined monitoring, independent reporting and overall better governance for sustainable development through responsible and accountable management and use of natural resources in the cross-border area of Serbia and Montenegro. The project was implemented by the Zlatibor Regional Development Agency in cooperation with the Institute for Medicinal Plants Research “Dr. Josif Pančić“ ,Belgrade and NGO Multimedijal, Bijelo Polje, Montenegro.

Below you can watch a short film that was presented during the workshop.