Our colleagues held two sessions in the European Week of Regions and Cities (EURegionsWeek) between 7-10 October 2019 in Brussels.

The Youth&SPA project under Key Action 3 of the Erasmus+ Programme is running with the professional support of HETFA. During the session “Boosting the attractiveness of rural towns for young people” we focused on the main challenges of rural towns, such as youth migration, lack of community building opportunities, and lack of interest of youngsters towards decision-making processes. All participants were involved into an interactive online voting and then brainstorming on the future of rural towns. Our colleagues at the Division for International Cooperation participated actively in the preparation, dissemination and realization of the workshop in Brussels. The outcomes of the workshop are available on the Youth&SPA project website.

Our colleagues from the Division for Policy Evaluation and Impact Assessment participated at the meeting of the project called „Measuring What Matters to EU Citizens: Social Progress in the European Region” financed by DG Regio (Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy). HETFA is involved as consortium partner among other international organisations. This meeting focused mainly on the empirically test of  Social Progress Index (SPI) with special regard to the question of comparability.