The voice of European regions
At the Extraordinary General Assembly in Västra Götaland 11-12 May 2015, AER launched a revised Statute. It underlines that AER is a network for and of regional and local politicians, addressing political concerns of a pan-European nature and fostering leadership excellence on all levels of governance. The aim is to provide services for better decision-making and provide visibility, putting regions on the map.
While continuing visibility at the Brussels scene, AER should embrace globalisation, beyond Europe, and acknowledge the need of diversity, inclusion and a multi-cultural approach in search of solutions. Its perspective of regional policy making is grounded in the territories, cultures, histories and lives of the citizens. AER should work for supporting and improving political place-based policy making – leadership in its broadest sense.
Roles and responsibilities
To build a more efficient and strong organisation requires a clear division of role between the political decision-making and the management needed for the smooth running of day-to-day activities.
In the revised Statute, the bodies of AER are defined as
- The governing bodies: The General Assembly and the Executive Board;
- The Political Bureau for political discussion, debate and decision making as base for lobbying and advocacy;
- The Thematic Committees for exchange and dissemination of best practise and running of programmes and projects.
- AER Economy Committee for Economy and Regional Development:
- AER Social Committee for Social Policy and Public Health;
- AER Cultural Committee for Culture, Education and Youth.
The main role of the AER secretariat will be facilitation, focusing on three areas:
- Communications & Events,
- Thematics & Policies;
- Projects & Funding.
The AER Toolkit gathers information about what AER offer, our services to our members and partners.
The AER Strategy is a fourfold global strategy of the Assembly of European Regions which aims at setting the stage to ensure that the mission and objectives of AER are implemented effectively. The four components comprise Member relations, Planning, Communications, and Human resources. The documents are interlinked and dependent on one another.
The AER Action plan was adopted by the General Assembly in June 2016 and runs from Spring 2016 to Spring 2017.