This years’ edition of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) has failed to meet expectations - it is now time to work towards a successful COP26. AER President Magnus Berntsson was present at the COP25 in Madrid during the last week of the conference. AER was accredited observer status to this years’ conference following the networks increased work connected to … [Read more...]
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AER represents its member regions, and stands for stronger cohesion between regions.
During the last Bureau Meeting, AER confirmed its will to help make Europe strong. We will be continuing to advocate for a stronger Europe, through stronger regions.
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The latest ‘Europe's State of the Environment 2020’ report, which was launched by the European Environment Agency earlier this month, states that Europe is facing environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency. This report underlines that Europe will not achieve its 2030 goals without urgent action over the next 10 years to address the alarming rate of biodiversity … [Read more...]
Cohesion policy is the main European investment policy to reduce territorial disparities and deliver a fairer Europe. It is important that an instrument such as this is appreciated and protected. It cannot be taken for granted. Cohesion Policy is now at the risk of being significantly reduced from the next Multiannual Financial Framework that the EU is negotiating … [Read more...]
The Autumn edition of the twice-annual AER Bureau Meeting took place in Brussels on 5 December 2019, hosted by the Brussels Capital Region. The Bureau is the primary political voice of AER. It engages in issues of a pan-European and global nature emanating from members and establishes the political base for AER’s advocacy work. Political Priorities 2020-2025 The … [Read more...]
During the Autumn 2019 Bureau Meeting that took place on 5 December in Brussels (BE), Bureau members adopted AER Political Priorities for the upcoming 5 years (2020-2025). https://twitter.com/europeanregions/status/1202519812536225792?s=20 AER Political Priorities 2020-2025 were drafted by the appointed Taskforce from the Spring 2019 Bureau Meeting and identified the … [Read more...]
During the AER Bureau Meeting which took place in Brussels on 5 December 2019, the AER Taskforce on Digitalisation hosted a panel debate on Regions in the Digital Era at the BIP – the House of the Capital Region. The event was organised under the leadership of the Taskforce Chair, the Region of Lower Austria. The shift towards an information society has profoundly … [Read more...]
The annual mutual learning event hosted by AER, the Brussels Capital Region and the Government of Catalonia took place on 4 December 2019 in Brussels. The theme of the event was "Economy 4.0: shaping a future that works for everybody". This was the fourth edition of this unique conference format. The day kicked off with an opening address and welcome by the hosts, Jean Luc … [Read more...]
The results of the flash Eurobarometer 480 on "Citizens' awareness and perception of regional policy” were published on 7 October, just in time for the European Week of Regions & Cities. The flash survey was carried out on a sample of 700 -1000 respondents in each EU Member State in June 2019. 4 in 10 European citizens are aware of projects funded by … [Read more...]
European regions have agreed to establish an Intercultural Regions Network to better work together to develop comprehensive intercultural strategies to manage diversity and migration. The initiative was presented by the Assembly of European Regions and the Government of Catalonia on 5 November at a meeting held at the Delegation of the Government of … [Read more...]
The Assembly of European Regions will host a debate focused on the topic of Digitalisation on the 5th of December from 16.15h to 17.45h in Brussels. The 21st century has become the digital revolution era and the European Institutions are responsible for ensuring that this digitalisation is managed in a way that serves the interests of citizens in all EU member states. … [Read more...]
As part of the European Week of Regions and Cities, AER hosted an event entitled "REGIONerating Europe" focusing on the role regions can play in regenerating the European Project as well as how citizens in the regions of Europe benefit from EU membership through Cohesion Policy, structural and development funds. The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day … [Read more...]
This afternoon, the European Parliament hearing for Portugal's Commissioner candidate Elisa Ferreira will take place in Brussels. The proposed portfolio for Ms. Ferreira is "Cohesion and Reforms". Read the 'Mission Letter' from Commission President Von der Leyen here. As the largest independent network of regions in wider Europe, AER will follow with great interest the … [Read more...]
On 10 July, our President Magnus Berntsson spoke at the #CohesionAlliance Conference in Brussels. One year after the presentation of the cohesion policy legislative proposals for 2021-2027 by the European Commission, and following the establishment of the first-reading position by the European Parliament and the agreement of the Council on … [Read more...]
After the European elections in May, the EU has embarked on a number of institutional and personal changes. EU leaders meet in Brussels to set out a common future direction: On June 20 and 21, the European Council adopted the Strategic Agenda ahead of the new political cycle. These documents outline the future policy direction for 2019-2024 and guides the work of the EU … [Read more...]
On the morning of 15 May 2019, AER and Oppland (NO) co-organised a Breakfast Seminar entitled "The Sustainable Development Goals and regional growth – Is it possible?", which took place at Oslo Region European Office in Brussels The sustainable development goals (SGD) call upon governments, businesses and civil society to come together and work towards a sustainable planet, … [Read more...]