Wednesday 29th November

12:00 - 15:00

Registration (CoR Premises)

15:30 - 16:00

WELCOME SESSION - For guests participants

Presentation of the concept, formula and expectations of the Forum

  • Director INTPA G: Erica Gerretsen
  • Director of CoR Legislative Works 1: Béatrice Taulegne
16:00 - 18:00

PRELIMINARY PLENARY SESSION: Localising Global Gateway - For guests participants

  • What is the EU Global Gateway Strategy and its localizations ? - (DG INTPA)
  • Experience and mechanisms to institutionalise international cooperation between Local and Regional Authorities- (Committee of the Regions)
  • Global Gateway from a local perspective: City-to-City Partnerships' Experiences
  • “Geographisation” of the EU partnerships (how to work with EU Delegations) – (DG INTPA)

Creation of the labs/working groups on sub-topics proposed/chosen by the participants within the framework of the four key main Forum “I” topics, relevant for Localising Global Gateway: “Inclusion”, “Innovation”, “Investment”, “Intermediary Cities”

18:00 - 20:00

Informal Match-Making Open Space: opportunity for informal bilateral contacts

20:00 - 21:00

Welcome Reception - Forum participants and CoR members)

  • Patrick MOLINOZ, Committee of the Regions, Chair of the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX)
  • Marlene HOLZNER, DG INTPA Head of Unit TBC

Thursday 30th November

09:00 - 10:30

PRELIMINARY BREAKOUT SESSION - For guest participants; up to 25 sessions in parallel

10:30 - 11:20

Transfer to European Parliament for Opening Sessions

11:30 - 12:30


Localising Global Gateway:
connecting Intermediary cities and Investing together
for more Inclusive and Innovative sustainable cities and regions”

  • Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships
  • Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the European Committee of the Regions

Debate with CoR members and Forum Participants

12:30 - 14:30

Transfer to the CoR premises

14:30 - 15:30

PLENARY SESSION : Key Priorities to Build Global Gateways at Local Level

Keynote speakers on:

  • Innovative solutions and proposals for sustainable transition of cities and regions
  • Intermediary cities attracting youth to develop and prosper there
  • Inclusive answers for citizens’ participation
  • Investment tools to access finance and connectivity at Local/Regional level

Instruction to participants on the breakout rooms

15:30 - 18:30
(including coffee break)

BREAK OUT SESSIONS (max. 25 sessions in parallel)

Participants will join the “labs” on sub-topics they have proposed/chosen within the framework of the four key main Forum’s “I” topics, relevant for Localising Global Gateway: “Inclusion”,“Innovation”, Investment”, “Intermediary Cities”

18:30 - 19:30

Possible Side Event

Informal Match-Making Open Space: opportunity for informal bilateral contacts

Friday 1st December

08:30 - 09:00

Arrival of participants

09:00 - 09:45

PLENARY SESSION : Presentation of the European Union's available tools to build Glocal Gateways

  • TAIEX , a tool of cooperation and per to peer exchanges – DG NEAR
  • TALD Facility – TALD Team

Questions and Answers

09:45 - 10:45


Consolidation of the breakout discussions into key recommendations of the four key main Forum’s “I”, including relevant EU support tools

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

PLENARY SESSION : High Level Debate between Local and Regional Authorities and EU Institutions building on the participants recommendations

  • Presentation of the Labs discussion by rapporteurs
  • Panel reacting to the Forum discussions'‘ outcomes presented by rapporteurs (DG REGIO, DG INTPA, DG NEAR, DG Research, CoR, EIB, UN-Habitat, Council Presidency)
  • Debate between representatives from LRAs and EU institutions
12:30 - 13:00


  • Jesus GAMALLO ALLER, Political Group Coordinator, CoR CIVEX Commission
  • Koen DOENS, Director General for International Partnerships, European Commission
13:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 17:30


Informal Match-Making Open Space: opportunity for informal bilateral contacts