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 7 thematic tracks, with more than 50 events: thematic blocks, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, presentations and receptions.