Rethinking local policies

The Policy Learning Platform of Interreg Europe is organizing an event in Ghent, Belgium, on 31 May and 1 June to “Rethink Local Policies”

From the 31 May 2023 to the 01 June 2023 Ghent, East Flanders Belgium

On 31 May and 1 June, the Policy Learning Platform is excited to invite you to ‘Rethinking local policies’ event in Ghent, Belgium! 

What will it be about?

Cities face many economic and societal challenges, such as climate change and the collapse of biodiversity, resource scarcity and building sustainable models for tomorrow, digital transition and smart solutions for businesses, among others.

Given that more than 70% of Europeans currently live in cities and that the figure is expected to rise to 83.7% by 2050, there is a pressing need to address those challenges. 

In this light, policymakers have an important role to support the transition to greener, smarter and more social cities by developing integrated local policies. 

During the event in Ghent, they will tackle the topic of building integrated policies from different angles, up to you to choose the one that is most relevant to you:

  • Modern green districts
  • Bringing back nature to the city
  • Spaces for innovation  
  • Spaces for entrepreneurship

What you can expect

Throughout guest lectures, interactive sessions and study visits you will learn everything about integrated policies for local development. 

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in discussions and network with peers
  • Share good practices and submit your challenges to find answers
  • Discover examples and experiences on integrated policies from Ghent, our host city, but equally from other parts of Europe

‘Rethinking local policies’ brings together four thematic workshops. Upon registration, you will need to select the topic of your choice. Beyond your attendance at a particular workshop, common plenaries and networking possibilities are organised. More details will be available in the agenda.


‘Rethinking local policies’ is primarily dedicated to people involved in Interreg Europe projects (up to two participants per project). The event is also open to those who work and are interested in integrated local policies, subject to validation and relevance to the programme. 

Participation in this event is free of charge. 

To register, you must be part of the Interreg Europe community. Create a community account or log into your account before filling in the registration form. 

We will review all registrations. Please wait for a confirmation before proceeding with any travel arrangements.