During more than 15 years, Pascal Goergen has been to some 40 countries on 180 different professional assignments, covering a total distance of more than 400.000km across Europe! These assignments abroad are not only due to the various Council Presidencies (formal and informal ministerial meetings), but also for defending regional interests (AER, FEDRA) and the promotion of best practices in specific sectoral dossiers (working with DG Relex in Tunisia for the Euromed partnership, organisation of conferences on structural funds or enlargement, active participation in the Open Days of the CoR, conference on the EBN network, training seminars in the framework of Training Academy Seminars, …). All these trips have shaped his vision of a Europe with the regions and its regional public, economic and academic actors.