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Policy Day

In a world of rapid economic and technological change, resilient regions with sustainable socio-economic structures and institutions are more important for social progress and development than ever. This central theme is leading for the policy sessions during the ERSA2017 Policy Day on August 31st. This is a one day event, organized as a special programme within the main congress programme, with the specific aim of enhancing the interaction between scientists and policymakers. To make this possible, the Local Organising Committee invites public representatives and policymakers, professionals in public or private organisations and consultants working in the field of regional policy to participate on a one day Policy Day ticket. Download the programme here

Keynote Speakers Policy Day

The Policy Day starts with a plenary session for all congress participants with keynotes and a roundtable discussion in which EU DG REGIO, the OECD and the EIB will participate. The prominent keynote speakers who have high level strategic impact on regional policy for the next decade are Marc Lemaître, Joaquim Oliveira Martins and Pim van Ballekom. They will discuss themes like: - The future of cohesion policy in relation with the urban agend; and - Government challenges related to inclusiveness in regions. Prof. dr. Barbara Baarsma will chair the plenary session and also present in one of the workshops.

Marc Lemaître, Director-General of the department for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), European Commission

Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Special Advisor, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship

Pim van Ballekom, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank


Prof. dr. Barbara Baarsma
, Director of Knowledge Development at Rabobank; Professor of Market Forces and Competition Issues at the University of Amsterdam;  Crown member of the SER (The Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands); and member of the Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Commission.


Policy Sessions

After the plenary meeting several Policy sessions are organized in a parallel programme. The topics are:
- What works for competitiveness?
- How to use a crisis as an accelerator for regional change and regional policy

- Growing inequalities and their regional implications
- Local Policy and Happiness
- Smart regions and circular economies
- How to govern next economy initiatives

OECD Wrap-up Session ‘Growth and Well-being for all through better policies and governance’

The Policy Day ends with a high level panel discussion chaired by Dr. Rüdiger Ahrend (Head of Urban Programme, OECD). The panel will consist of around five high-level academics and policymakers with Prof. dr. Mark Partridge (C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy, Ohio State University), Prof. dr. Roberta Capello (Full professor of Regional Economics at Politecnico of Milan), Jozias van Aartsen (Interim King’s Commissioner Province of Drenthe and Chairman of the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance), Tony Lloyd (MP for Rochdale and former Mayor of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority) and Mark Frequin (Director-General of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) already confirmed.

Policy oriented and focused on direct interaction

The policy sessions are prepared by the LOC, in close cooperation with the OECD and the stakeholder partners: the Municipality of Groningen, the Province of Groningen, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance, the NAM, the Waddenacademie, GasTerra and the Rabobank. The ERSA Policy Day is therefore policy-oriented and focused on direct interaction between academic congress participants and local, regional and (inter)national politicians, policymakers, professionals and consultants.

Who can register?

ERSA2017 offers a special one day ticket of € 125 for the Policy Day if registration takes place before June 30, 2017. After this date, the price for a one day ticket will be € 150. This ticket is exclusively intended for public representatives and policymakers, professionals in public or private organisations and consultants working in the field of Regional policy. Attendants of the Policy Day are also free to visit sessions of the main congress programme on 31st August 2017. Simultaneously, regular congress participants also have access to the Policy Sessions. More details on registration for the Policy Day here.