What is the European Week of Regions and Cities?

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event (7-10 October 2019) during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

The event was created in 2003 when the European Committee of the Regions invited Brussels-based local and regional representations to the European Union to open their doors to visitors simultaneously. One year later the European Commission’s DG for Regional Policy also joined the adventure.

Developing from the initial concept, the event has become a European networking platform for experts in regional and local development. Exchange of good practice in economic development and social inclusion, cross-border cooperation, public-private partnerships, regional innovation and community-led local development have become some of its many topics.

To read more about this, go to: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/_en

Meet the first European country to legalise cannabis: Luxembourg

Calling on its EU neighbours to relax their drug laws, Luxembourg’s health minister confirmed plans to become the first European country to legalise cannabis production and consumption.

Residents over the age of 18 are expected to be able to buy cannabis for recreational use legally within two years. Nevertheless, the state will regulate production and distribution through a cannabis agency. Draft legislation is expected to be unveiled later this year providing further detail on the types of cannabis that will be on sale and the level of tax that will be imposed.

To read more about this, go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/first-european-country-legalise-cannabis-luxembourg/92793/

2019 EU Health Award: the Commission unveils shortlisted initiatives

The European Commission selected the shortlisted initiatives of the 2019 EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools seeking to prevent and reduce obesity in children and young people (6-18 years old).
The nine shortlisted per category, in alphabetical order by organisation, are:

CITY category

  • Amsterdam Health Weight Programme (AHWP) by Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Weighty Friends (Ik heb een maatje) by Genk (Belgium)
  • Sintra Grows Healthy (Sintra Cresce Saudável) by Sintra (Portugal)

NGO category

  • FitforKids by FitforKids (Denmark)
  • CROKY MOVE Programme by RéPPOP BFC (France)
  • Healthy And Tasty (Zdravo I Fino) by Society “Our Children” Zabok (Croatia)

SCHOOL category

  • Active School Break by Antsla Gümnaasium (Estonia)
  • #Be Active @IES Guadalquivir by IES Guadalquivir (Spain)
  • Schools scheme for fruit and vegetables, milk and diary products by Primary School Podturen (Croatia)

The winners will be announced on 17 October 2019 at the Award Ceremony during the annual meeting of the EU Health Policy Platform in Brussels. The event will be live-streamed, with the link shared on the EU Health Award website and the EU Health Policy Platform.