Cross-Border Cooperation Congress, Lublin 2021

For a decade now, for few days in autumn, Lublin comes to be a meeting place for practitioners of cross-border cooperation from the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries during Cross-border Cooperation Congress. The Congress facilitates dialogue between local governments, NGOs, academia, culture and businesses. Thousands of people from over 40 countries have participated in the Congress so far.

‘City and Region 2030’ is going to be a dominant theme of the 10th jubilee edition of the Congress. Following last edition (held online) devoted only to the current challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to focus on the future this time. We want to talk about the prospects for local communities that, similarly to Lublin, build their cross-border and metropolitan potential. Together, we want to name the elements that will be instrumental for their (communities) progress in short and long (post-pandemic) term.

The Congress will be held on 5–7 October 2021 in a hybrid formula (some participants on-site and some online), with simultaneous interpretation into Polish, Russian and English. For three days of the Congress, there will be a number of panels, workshops, study visits and cultural events. We will mainly debate about how to engage citizens in co-deciding about the shape of the city, about the role of local governments in supporting innovative companies, and about the role local democracy, the media and the cultural sector need to play in post-pandemic world. We, as a would-be European Youth Capital 2023, will consider how to give voice to children and young people, so that they have a say in advancing local strategies and policies.

Partnered with national and international colleagues, like local government authorities, experts, and NGO’s leaders — that’s how we plan to organise the Congress’ events. Study visits will complement panels and workshops. Partners’ Forum is a place to be when partners wish to exchange experiences or collaborate with one another. Various financing possibilities, out of selected grant programmes, will be outlined at Grants’ FairBest Practice Contest is a chance to promote innovative cross-sector projects for the benefit of both city and regional communities. Each day, Congress, will end with a cultural event. You may avail of it in person or via a live stream. As always, events are put together by Lublin’s cultural institutions in collaboration with international partners.