A message from the AER President, Magnus Berntsson on COVID-19 and AER's current and future work. The Assembly of European Regions and its members are acutely aware of how the current pandemic, the coronavirus, is affecting all members of society, not just in Europe but around the globe. Regional and local leaders are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic - … [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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On Monday 23rd February representatives from AER attended a Webinar on the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report.The webinar was organised by the UN DESA (Department of Economic and Social Affairs), presented by Astra Bonini and Stephanie Rambler and focused in particular on which transformation is needed to attain the sustainable development goals. As we currently are … [Read more...]
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This article was first published on Regions2030.com It is no secret for anyone, education is the key to freedom and success. Basic education, which ranges from early childhood education to primary and secondary education, paves the way for a child’s future life. Indeed, people with a low(er) level of education are more likely to live in poverty as there is a greater … [Read more...]
Two new Taskforces are set for launch: Democracy, and Sustainable Mobility and Connectivity. Read below for more information on the work of these new taskforces, and find out if it might be of the interest of your region to join them! AER Taskforce on Democracy At the AER Bureau meeting, in Larnaca (CY), the Bureau members decided to establish the Taskforce on Democracy … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]