Program: “The Rise of City Networks and Megaregions”

Megaregions have the potential to enhance European cities and regions’ global competitiveness. This conference will provide ground for discussion about the potentials and challenges with the rise of city networks and megaregions in Europe, based on OECDs territorial review of Western Scandinavia – the first study of a European Megaregion. 

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Date: 26th of June 2018

Time: 12.00-15.15

Venue: Committee of the Regions, room JDE 51.

Adress: Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussel

Organizers: Oslo Region European Office, Småland Blekinge Halland South Sweden, Skåne European Office, City of Gothenburg European Office and Region Västra Götaland



12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-13.05: Welcome

13.05-13.35: Launch of the OECD Territorial Review – Megaregion Western Scandinavia, Soo-Jin Kim (OECD)

13.35-14.00: Reflections on the OECD Territorial Review by peer-reviewer, Xavier Tiana Casablancas (Barcelona Metropolitan Area)

14.00-14.20: Future of Megaregions in Europe, DG Regio

14.20-15.15: Paneldiscussion with regional represtantives/politcians in Western Scandinavia Megaregion

  • Anette Solli, County Mayor in County of Akershus
  • Dag Hultefors, Chair of the Growth Committee of the Regional Executive Board,  Region Halland
  • Conny Brännberg, Chair of the Committee for Culture, Region Västra Götaland
  • Mätta Ivarsson, Chair of the Committee for Regional Development, Skåne region
  • Patrik Andersson, CEO, Business Region Gothenburg

Moderator: Richard Tuffs (Senior Advisor, ERRIN)


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