Per AER Statute and Procedures, ratification of the members of the Bureau will occur at the General Assembly in Catalonia on 19 November 2020.
We are inviting AER members to nominate four representatives per State represented within the AER (two Bureau members plus two substitutes) by completing the online nomination form available here.
The nominations submitted must reflect the consensus reached by member regions from the same country.
The list of current Bureau members can be found here.
Deadline for nominations
All completed nomination forms must be submitted no later than 10 October 2020.
Should you have any queries regarding the nomination process please do not hesitate to contact Vania Freitas: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Bureau
According to AER Statute, the following is applicable to nominations to the Bureau:
Article 2. Structure of AER
2. 1. The bodies of AER are:
1. The governing bodies: The General Assembly and the Executive Board;
2. The political body: the Bureau for political discussion, debate and decision making as basis for lobbying and advocacy;
3. The thematic bodies: the Committees for exchange and dissemination of best practice
The composition of all AER bodies should respect a geographical and gender balance.
2.2 The working language of AER is English.
2.3 Common practice of political assemblies shall be applied to all AER meetings.
Decisions are, in principle and whenever possible, adopted by consensus of opinion. The consensus should be understood as being the absence of any objection formulated and submitted by a member which may constitute an obstacle to the decision in question.
Article 7 – The Bureau
The Bureau consists of the members of the Executive Board and two representatives per State represented within the AER.
7.1 The Bureau is the primary political voice of AER.
The meetings of the Bureau are open to the public.
7.2 The Bureau
1. Debates issues of a pan-European and global nature emanating from members;
2. Establishes the political base for AER lobbying and advocacy;
3. Invites international, interregional, regional and municipal organisations to take part in the Bureau discussions whenever these deal with matters relevant for AER;
4. Adopts the political priorities of AER and prepares other declarations and decisions which, whenever relevant, are submitted to the Executive Board or the General Assembly.
7.3 Invited to the meetings of the Bureau are
1. The outgoing Presidents of the AER;
2. The Presidents of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) (European Union), the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) (Council of Europe), the Chamber of Regions of the CLRAE and the Interregional Member Organisations;3. Members of the AER holding the highest position within the CoR, the CLRAE and its Chamber of Regions.
4. Invited as full members of the Bureau are one representative of regions where AER has an office.
7.4 The Bureau meets at least twice a year. Whenever indicated, appropriate or necessary, the meeting can be combined with another event.
7.5 All information relating to the bureau election can be found in procedures art. 15
As per the AER Procedures:
Article 5 – The Bureau
5.1 Being in charge of policy-making, each bureau member must be able to rely on an officer to draft speeches and policy documents in liaison with the secretariat.
5.2 The Bureau meetings are chaired by the AER President.
5.3 The Bureau meetings are prepared by the Executive Board and may, in addition to the pre-defined debate on a specific topic, also have an open part to give individual Bureau members the opportunity to raise issues or topics that are relevant for their region/country or to another body of the organisation.
The Executive Board and the Committees will inform the Bureau on their implementation of the political priorities through their work programmes.
5.4 As the Bureau members have been selected to represent all the AER member regions from their country, the delegations will be seated per country.
5.5 The Bureau will vote by show of hands (voting cards). Each country will be granted two voting cards.
5.5.1 If substitute members are present, they will be seated in their delegation, without the right to vote.
5.5.2 Representatives of the regions where AER has an office will each have one vote.
6. Invitations and draft agendas should be sent to members at least four weeks and working documents at least two weeks before the meetings.