3rd European Congress of Local Governments
Krakow, 27 – 28 March 2017

Local governments in the face of the challenges of the twenty-first century

Multilateral and direct cooperation between European regions and cities has been extremely intense in recent years. It affects not only politics and the economies of individual countries but also of the entire continent. The European Congress of Local Governments is a meeting platform for local leaders and regional elites to exchange views ace with public administration, NGOs and business. The Congress will be an opportunity for Polish and Central European local governments to discuss ways of increasing efficiency in using EU structural funds. It will also be an occasion to share experiences and make new contacts. The programme will consist of 6 thematic tracks, more than 60 events: thematic blocks, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, presentations and receptions.


The main points of the program:

The programme of the European Congress of Local Governments will consist of six thematic tracks: Finances, Economy, Innovations, Society, Environment, Business & the City:

  • Europe Facing Global Changes vs. Local Government of the 21st Century
  • A Mayor or a Manager? Management in Practice          
  • Revenue Bonds – (Under)appreciated Way of Financing Local Government Units        
  • PPP in Infrastructure Development – a Recipe for Success         
  • The Central Government Supports Using Public-Private Partnerships by Local Administration
  • The Influence of FDIs on Regional Development            
  • Increasing Financial Independence of Local Governments. Is It Necessary?
  • Design Thinking in Creative Industry     
  • Bringing Railways Into The Future          
  • Small Town – Huge Potential    
  • Unexpoited Potential of Silver Economy            
  • Region in the EU – Profits and Challenges          
  • Cross-border Economic Areas – from the Periphery to a Growth Engine             
  • Forging Weakness into Strength. Untapped Potential of Less Developed Regions         
  • Known Globally Useful Locally. What Can Global Brands Do for Local Communities?     
  • Intelligent Regions and Cities – from Vision to Strategy
  • Modern Transport Infrastructure in Regions – a Way to Improve the Quality of Life for the Citizens?
  • The Paradox of the Smart Cities: How Smart Is Your City and How Can We Make It Smarter in Time of Financial and Social Crisis?
  • Future on 4 Wheels – Electric Vehicles
  • „Smart Living”
  • The Integration of Immigrants at the Local Level – Challenges and Good Practices         
  • How to Build a Viable Regional Development Strategy?              
  • Migration Crisis and its Influence on Labor Market        
  • From Urban Renewal to Gentrification – Contemporary Changes in European Metropolises
  • Rationally = Patriotically? Does Local Patriotism Pay?    
  • Middle School Reform – a Return to the Past or a Turn Towards the Future?
  • Equal Opportunities – Local Action for Youth Employment        
  • Local Government and History. How National Heritage Shapes Local Community          
  • Municipalities in the Face of the Challenges of Migration Policy in Europe         
  • Sports Sponsorship in Local Government, is It Worth It?
  • "Success in High Heels" – Women in Local Government, Politics and Business
  • Heating Systems – an Effective Tool in the Fight Against Low Emissions               
  • Effective Resource Management vs. Water Safety       
  • Ecological Agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe – An Uncultivated Field? 
  • The Circular Economy – the Future of Europe? 
  • In-house in Waste Managment – New Regulations for Old Problems  
  • Cycling Infrastructure in Europe             
  • Local Government in Face of Natural Disasters. How to React Effectively?
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility       
  • Sustainable Plans for Low Carbon Heating and Cooling in Europe
  • Cities and Powerful International Brands /Keynote Speaker/
  • City as a magnet for talent & business competencies – business leadership outlook
  • Social Innovation & start-up culture
  • Tourism and local government and their roles as regards local governments.
  • The impact of inbound tourism on the behaviour and assessments of residents.
  • Tourist trails as a system of sharing and the popularization of areas for lovers of various forms of active tourism.
  • The role of spas and the so-called medical tourism in the development of towns and municipalities.

Congress Guests: 

Nearly 2 000  people – regional elites, government officials, business executives, NGOs, journalists from all over Europe.


In order to participate in the Congress, please fill in the registration form.  Please be advised that the registration consists of two stages.


ICE Kraków Congress Centre

ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17

30-302 Kraków


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