Whereas the debt and Eurozone crisis is not yet solved, discussions about the future EU budget will enter into a new phase at the EU summit (18-19 October). The AER Crisis Summit (21-22 September, Abruzzo (I)) was the opportunity for Regions to provide their input to this debate. To what extent education and training contribute to regional development? How can eco-innovation become a pool for employment? How can Regions help their SMEs to develop? What is the link between demographic change, culture and economic recovery? Find the answer to all these questions in the Pescara Resolution. The Pescara Summit was attended by the President of the EESC, the Vice President of the CoR, by MEPs and representatives of the EC, by private stakeholders as well as by representatives from European Regions.