Regarding the number of participants, this will be the biggest event of the Czech presidency. The Summit will be attended by members of the Committee of the Regions as well as other leading EU politicians (including Mayors of European capitals who are not members of the Committee of the Regions), top representatives of other European institutions (the European Commission, the European Parliament etc.), MEPs, Czech Government representatives and representatives of local and regional authorities (regional governors, Mayors, Mayors of chartered cities), and a number of local and international media representatives.
The debate will centre on cohesion policy. However, the Summit will also address issues reflecting current global economic developments including the ability of Europe to respond to the financial crisis and to find ways to attain the long-term competitiveness and growth objectives contained in the Lisbon Strategy. The Summit is expected to draw up a declaration which will be presented by the President of the Committee of Regions at the Spring European Council.