EU SPI Index Launch event

Updated European Social Progress Index presented by DG REGIO

Section: Research Policy & Development

Date: 2. December 2020


Cohesion policy is the EU’s main investment policy. With € 50 billion of EU funding a year, it promotes growth and improves quality of life in all EU regions, and especially in the less developed regions. A decade ago, DG REGIO developed a regional competitiveness index to help regions identify their economic strengths and weaknesses. This index is now joined by the EU regional Social Progress Index. This can show EU regions which of their social issues require more attention. The launch of this index coincides with the preparation of the next programming period for cohesion policy (2021-2027). As a result, the lessons from this index can be used to identify the key investment priorities to improve social progress across our Union.

We are proud to invite you to the EU SPI Pilot project final event that will take place along with the launch of the new EU regional Social Progress Index.

The event will take place virtually on the 2nd of December 2020 from 14.00 to 16.30 CET.

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The registration for the event is open here.

The event is hosted by Elke Dall (ZSI) on behalf of the EU-SPI Pilot Project. She guides through the following agenda:

Welcome. Marc Lemaitre, Director-General of the DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Presentation of the new EU SPI Index by Director for Policy, Nicola De Michelis, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

Social progress indexes - Panel discussion, Moderated by Michael Green, Social Progress Imperative
Panellists: Scott Stern, Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management; Estelle Göger,Member of the Cabinet of Paolo GENTILONI, Commissioner for Economy, European Commission; Olivier Bontout, Deputy Head of Unit for Social Investment Strategy, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission

Keynote speech by Michael Porter, Professor at Harvard Business School

Lessons from the Regions. Highlights from the Multi-Region Pilot Project on the EU SPI, Moderated by Susana Franco, Orkestra - Basque Institute of CompetitivenessPresentations by: The region of Bratislava (Slovakia), Tomas Teleky, EU Affairs Officer at Bratislava Region Brussels Office; The region of Catalonia (Spain), Francesc Colomé & Marc Tataret, Fundació Catalunya Europa; The region of Centro (Portugal), Vanda Pacheco & Carla Coimbra, Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Centro; The city of Umea, Vasterbotten in Upper Norrland Region (Sweden), Janet Ågren, Mayor of Umeå

Type: Collaborative event (ZSI as co-organiser)

Organizer: EU-SPI pilot project

Location: virtual

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