Every year, the European Commission awards those EU-funded projects, which demonstrate excellence and new approaches in regional development. With the goal of inspiring other regions and project managers across Europe, participating projects are in the spotlight of communication activities at European level.

This year's winners are promoting digital transformation, connecting the green, blue and grey, combatting inequalities and poverty, building

For municipalities climate change becomes a greater risk, every day. Some form of climate-resistant planning is needed. At the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019, CLARITY and BEACON presented solutions in adaption and mitigation to tackle climate change risks.

Their interactive session hosted almost 100 people from urban and infrastructure planning and development, municipal decision-makers, energy and climate policy

The cities Agios Dimitrios in Greece and Bottrop in Germany could not be more different for urban planners. Here a pulsating suburb of Athens with 200 days of sunshine, there a small Westphalian town in the Ruhr area. Nevertheless, Ilias Savvakis, secretary-general of Agios Dimitrios, is full of enthusiasm when he talks about joint projects in the fight against climate

A US-study reveals in July 2018 that the rising sea level is unexpectedly dangerous for the fiberglass cables buried on the US coastlines. The cables are water-repellent, but not necessarily water-proof for the long-term. New York, Miami and Seattle will be affected firstly, but the damages probably exist worldwide.

Brazil's Salvador has always been a hot city - but the number of rain days has increased during the last decade. Several neighbourhoods get flooded and the water doesn't go away for weeks. That's why people call the Bahian capital "the city made of sugar."