This year, the Cross-Border Cooperation Congress Lublin 2020 (formerly known as Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress) will focus on COVID-19 and the challenges faced by local communities across Europe during the pandemic. The Congress will be held on 6-9 October 2020 and its predominant theme is ‘Local Government of Tomorrow. Between openness and responsibility’. Due to the current situation, the event will be held in virtual space only, with simultaneous translation into Polish, English and Russian.
I invite you to participate in the Cross-Border Cooperation Congress Lublin 2020. When, at the beginning of this year, we started to prepare for the next edition of Congress and think about its formula, nobody at that time had imagined that our lives would change so drastically. Covid-19 pandemic has not only fundamentally changed the way we live, work and spend free time but it has also revealed, and sometimes accelerated, numerous processes and changes in the socio-economic situation around us. We decided that this year edition will be held entirely online. During virtual meetings, panels and workshops we will discuss the most important challenges posed by the current situation to local communities across Europe. We will consider how to maintain the path of development with shrinking resources and a changing climate, how to take into account new conditions for key sectors of city development: business, tourism and culture - says Krzysztof Żuk, Mayor of Lublin.
As ever, the Congress will be accompanied by Partners' Forum in order to facilitate more effective communication and exchange of experiences between organisations seeking international partners. Grants’ Fair will showcase opportunities to obtain funds from selected grant programmes. Best Practice Contest will feature solutions that work best when undertaking initiatives to the benefit of local communities and cross-border cooperation in Europe and Eastern Partnership countries amid pandemic.
All Congress events are free of charge after registration that will be available on the Congress on-line platform. Cultural events will be livestreamed on Congress partners websites.