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Regional Growth Conference 2021
The Regional Growth Conference (RGC) serves as a public platform for dialogue between governmental, regional, academic and business representatives. Its main goal is to address challenges, best practices and policies promoted by European Institutions that need to be implemented in the Regional Development in an effort to bring forward the necessary regional governance model for Greece. Since its inception in 2013, the Regional Growth Conference takes place annually in Patras, Greece and is organized by PELOPONNISOS newspaper, which is the oldest and most historic newspaper in Greece.
Achaia Clauss, Patras, Greece, 265 00
Event reportEURO-MEDITERRANEAN COOPERATION — STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES — PROPOSALS 1. Europe is invited to put greater emphasis on the Mediterranean dimension of the Neighbourhood Policy. This is because: — The Mediterranean is of enormous geostrategic importance, it is essential for the strategic autonomy and the global role that the United Europe seeks: birthplace of cultures and religions, crossroads of continents, peoples and cultures, hub of transport and transport, and energy source. — Cooperation with partners on the other side of the Mediterranean and the promotion of Regional Integration, in addition to the obvious mutual economic benefit, are essential for regional stability, security and peace. In this context, it is also important to improve connectivity, in particular transport networks and investments in state-of-the-art technologies, which are expected to contribute to increased jobs, especially for young people. — Major challenges of our times cannot be effectively addressed without this cooperation: climate change-environmental protection, terrorism, migration. — The discovery of energy resources in East. The Mediterranean and the prospect of contributing to the objective of diversifying energy sources and routes for Europe opens up another area of cooperation. The establishment and operation of the East Med Gas Forum works in this direction. — The Mediterranean is a meeting point for cultures, so it can be a point of reference for intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The people who live around the Mediterranean basin have a centuries-long tradition of coexistence and cooperation. The signs of this long-lasting cooperation are everywhere. Cooperation in culture and education can therefore be further promoted. 2. In this context, it is proposed to support cooperation not only at national level, but also at the level of Parliaments, Regions and Local Governments in general. It is proposed, in particular, to hold a permanent meeting of the regions of the countries of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in Patras, in the framework of the annual Regional Development Conference held there. 3. It is also proposed to promote investment and employment and environmental protection programmes. 4. The establishment of an Erasmus-type student exchange programme between the UfM partners, as well as stimulating cultural exchanges and routes would also be important. 5. Moreover, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchates of the region (Istanbul, Alexandria and Jerusalem), with their long history and accumulated experience of coexistence in culturally different environments, can creatively contribute to mutual understanding and dialogue at civil society level.
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