October 13th-15th, 2013 – Conference of European Regions and Cities: Cross-border Cooperation Thrives on Boundless Thinking
“Cross-border Cooperation as a Future Strategy for the Economy and Politics” was the title of this year’s Conference of European Regions and Cities (CERC), which was organized for the ninth time by the IRE.
“Regional networking strengthens competitiveness, also internationally. Common solutions are lasting for the entire region, cooperative deals create synergies and can contribute to: cost savings, increased efficiency, quality assurance and quality improvement, transfer of know-how as well as innovation,” explained Chairman of the Board of the IRE Dr. Franz Schausberger in his opening address.
Cross-border means crossing borders for cooperative deals, doing so both over one’s own borders within one’s own national state and over national borders to neighboring countries. The European Union encourages and promotes cross-border cooperation. Because cross-regional and local cooperation is crucial to facilitate the achievement of the European Union’s political and economic goals.
In the course of the 9th CERC (Oct 13th-15th,2013) various subject areas were therefore taken up in panel discussions under this motto of cross-border cooperation: health and nursing care policy, tourism, transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy as well as administrative cooperation. 220 participants from 16 countries convened to debate the development of Europe’s regions in the Seewinkel Assembly Hall at the Vila Vita Resort in the town of Pamhagen in Burgenland.
In the spirit of cross-border cooperation, the 9th CERC also led by example and on the last day of the conference invited the conference participants to Sopron, Hungary, which is located in close proximity to Pamhagen. The topic of cooperation in regional and local administrations was discussed at the city hall there. Qualysoft was represented by CEO Peter Oros.