7 European events and campaigns to be aware of in 2021

17 February 2021 - Published by Anne Sofie Forfang

It is time to plan your presence at this year’s European events and campaigns. 

Showcase your project on the European scene! Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, there are plenty of opportunities this year. Here is a rundown of key events and campaigns in 2021.

1. Year of Rail & new EU mobility strategy

If your project is about transport, take stock of the new European mobility strategy. Also, the EU topic of the year is ”rail”. Greening of transport and multimodal solutions are central themes in 2021.

Learn more in this article  

2. European Maritime Day

The Maritime Day takes place in hybrid format on 20-21 May, while partners can set up local events between 1 April and 30 September. To host partner events, register by 28 February.

Learn more about European Maritime Day

3. EU Green Week

If your project is working to mitigate or prevent pollution, make sure to join the EU Green Week 2021 because this year, it is all about zero pollution. The event involves a virtual conference 1-4 June, and you can host a local partner event between 31 May and 4 June.  You need to register your event by 12 March. If you wish to host a stand at the virtual exhibition, the deadline is 8 March.

Learn more about the EU Green Week
Find guidelines for partner events and register your event

4. European Week of Regions and Cities

This top annual event for regional development will take place during 11-14 October. The event will be at least partly virtual. In 2020, a record 12,000 participants joined from all across Europe.

Under the slogan ”recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic”, four main topics will be in focus: 1) Green transition, 2) Cohesion, 3) Digital transition, and 4) Citizen engagement.

If you wish to partner with the event by hosting an online event under one of these themes, make sure to apply by 26 March.

Learn more about the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021
See guidance for partners

5. RegioStars Awards

You can now apply for the top prize in European cooperation, the RegioStars Awards! This is definitely worthwhile considering if your project has produced impressive results and impacts. The first deadline to be aware of for North Sea Region projects is 6 April.

Learn more in this article

6. Interreg podcast

The first-ever Interreg podcast "This is Europe" was launched last year, featuring North Sea Region projects INDU-ZERO and PARTRIDGE! Each episode has over 5,000 downloads and growing.

This year, Interact will produce new episodes. They are looking for stories matching the following headlines: 1) Towards sustainable food systems 2) Re-invigorating the fight against inequality 3) Culture in crisis? 4) A digital boost for the circular economy 5) Green mobility.

Want to be a podcast star? Please fill in the short application form and send it to the Joint Secretariat at info@northsearegion.eu by 5 March

Download application form

7. New European Bauhaus

This new initiative is about co-creating a sustainable future for all. It is also an ambitious move to bring out the best of European cooperation! If your project has insights, results, or ideas to share, take this opportunity to engage. 

Learn more   

Please keep an eye out for further news about events in 2021! We will be hosting North Sea Region events including the North Sea Conference 2021, and even more European events and campaigns will be launching further down the line this year.

Plan your social media presence

We also recommend you plan your social media posts around major European events, for example by using the relevant hashtags. And why not get creative around celebration days? Check out this 2021 calendar overview  that we created to help you plan ahead this year. 

Happy planning!