On 2nd of December 2015, the Various Interest Group held a conference on macro-regional cooperation, called "Intermediary Europe at the Heart of the EU2020 Strategy: Bringing Europe closer to citizens".
The conference was organised in partnership with the European Parliament and held in the former EP Hemicycle Robert Schuman. Chaired by President of Group III Luca Jahier, the conference called for an active involvement of civil society organisations in the Europe 2020 reform process.
Using the example of the Grande Région which connects regions in Luxembourg, France, Germany and Belgium, the conference provided the opportunity to exchange views on how integrated cross-border strategies can directly contribute to achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The conference brought together speakers from different backgrounds. Amongst others, Group III welcomed Philippe Ledent, President of the Economic and Social Council of the Grande Région.