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EUROCITIES EDF Autumn meeting 2018 in Grenoble

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Urban societies are more and more facing global challenges which have a strong impact on management of local economic development.

This internationalisation is challenging for the local development strategies, which have to face new issues (migrants, security, climate change, digitalization, economic competition) or to look further for new opportunities (markets, investments, scientific partnerships) and solutions (projects and case studies).

In this context international, European and national frameworks tend to give to cities greater capacities to act at international level (eg: Sustainable Development Goals, European calls of projects, metropoles in France, etc.), especially as a support for local stakeholders (companies, universities, associations) but also to develop its own attractiveness and resilience capacity to global changes. In this framework some of them have adopted explicit strategies, others not.

This Forum proposes to debate on the way to act on internationalisation at local level: how are city working on international policies and strategies?

Economic internationalisation, matchmaking, networking, cross-border cooperation, commitment of cities in EU innovation policies and international city branding are issues to be discussed.

http://www.opencities.eu/download/internatocs.pdf

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Discussing the meanings and the ways, directions to develop internationalisation strategies at local level.Adopt a broad approach supporting European & international cooperation (NSA-LA, Interreg Europe, etc.) and programs for innovation & economic development (horizon 2020, etc.).

Themes:

  • Measures of internationalisation;

  • SMEs internationalisation, matchmaking, networking, cross border cooperation, EU programs for SMEs & innovation;

  • Cities in EU programs, interclustering, twin cities, thematic networks;

  • International promotion & marketing;

  • International investments;

  • Observation and evaluation.

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