Russia's aggression against Ukraine tears innocent lives, violates international law and shatters global security. In the wake of this merciless brutality, the AER stands with Ukraine and its Ukrainian members. The future is (more) Europe and Ukraine is part of it. With its brutal and unjustified aggression, Russia placed itself out the international society and refused … [Read more...]
We are a voice
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.
We are a voice for our members.
Interculturalism for Intercultural Regions to be!
Are you interested in knowing more about how a region can become intercultural and inclusive, yet you missed our first online capacity-building session on interculturalism for regions and local stakeholders? Also, are you keen to know more about who is the EU-BELONG team and how you can work together with us in the coming years? Dive into this quick article and rewatch … [Read more...]
“Making Culture a Strategic Resource for Europe and its Regions”
There is a great risk in neglecting culture as part of recovery policies. Culture is not a luxury for the few, it contributes to collective wellbeing and human values, as well as to generate jobs and growth. The unprecedented outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard the cultural and creative sector, affecting millions of jobs, in a sector that contributes to 4.2 % of the EU … [Read more...]
Engendering Equality across Europe’s Regions: addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Politics
On International Women's Day 2022, Bianca Silva shares a wrap-up of an in-depth debate on how to bring about a gender equal Europe, starting in our regions. As part of the 2021 European Week of Regions & Cities, the Assembly of European Regions (AER) organised a debate on achieving gender equality in politics, bringing together politicians and civil society to share … [Read more...]
Setting our Political Agenda — the 2021 AER Autumn Bureau Meeting
On 2 December 2021, members of the AER Bureau gathered together online to discuss the work carried out by the Task forces, and decide on our political priorities for 2022. But what does the AER Bureau do, you ask? The role of the AER Bureau is to act as the primary political voice of the AER. From democracy and citizens participation, to sustainable transport and tourism, … [Read more...]
Public consultation on Education for Environmental Sustainability
The European Commission has opened up an open public consultation to feed into a proposal for a Council Recommendation on Education for Environmental Sustainability later this year. The Recommendation will deal with all types and levels of education, including vocational education and training (VET) and Adult Learning (AL). Education to support the goals of the Green … [Read more...]
AER Climate Debate: Back to Our Future – Regions Leading Europe’s Green Recovery
The COVID-19 crisis brought the world to a standstill in 2020. City centres became ghost towns, economic activity slumped, and political priorities fell by the wayside as managing the pandemic became the all-consuming political focus. However, what has not stood still despite the pandemic is the alarming rate that our planet continues to heat up. Unless we align our recovery … [Read more...]
AER Bureau Debate on Democracy: Putting Citizens back at the Heart of Decision-Making
Rising populism, widespread misinformation, and a loss of trust in governments and institutions. Add a global pandemic to that list of ailments, and it’s clear that democracy in Europe is not in the best shape. But what is the best course of treatment to restore Europe’s democratic health? The answer is a wholesale ‘lifestyle change’ for our democratic system, … [Read more...]
AER adopts Recommendations on the Conference on the Future of Europe
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) has adopted its Recommendations on the Conference on the Future of Europe. The Conference on the Future of Europe aims to give citizens the chance to shape the European Union's priorities. Through a series of open dialogues and debates across EU Member States, the Conference aims to give voice to 'the silent majority' of Europeans, … [Read more...]
Job Vacancy: EU Projects & Policy Officer
Are you a motivated professional who is passionate about European policy? Do you have experience in the management of EU funded projects? Are you enthusiastic about knowledge sharing activities? If this sounds like you, and you are eager to reinforce an enthusiastic, international team with a wide range of responsibilities, you might be our new Project & Policy Officer. … [Read more...]
The Long Road to Recovery – working in Renewed Partnership with Regions
Europe’s local and regional authorities have been on the frontline of the pandemic; working tirelessly on the ground in villages, towns and cities across the continent to shield citizens from the worst impacts of the crisis. Yet, as member states prepare their national plans to access funding from the EU's Recovery & Resilience Facility (RRF), local and regional … [Read more...]
Wrap-Up: Highlights from the first virtual AER General Assembly, Bureau Meeting and Eurodyssey Forum
The first ever virtual General Assembly, Bureau Meeting and Eurodyssey Forum took place last week on 19-20 November. Owing to the Covid-19 crisis, these meetings scheduled to take place in Barcelona were moved online. Despite these challenges, AER members from across the continent tuned-in; making the most of the new format and ensuring the important work of the AER could … [Read more...]
To another 35 years of Eurodyssey regions on the move!
For the very first time, the AER-Eurodyssey programme was featured in the European Week of Regions and Cities in partnership with the Public Employment Service of Catalonia - SOC (es), Bureau International Jeunesse - Wallonia (be), Varazdin County (hr), Brussels Public Employment Service - Actiris (be) and the Sardinian Agency for Active Labour Policies - ASPAL (it). A … [Read more...]
AER Meeting European Commissioner Johannes Hahn
The AER President, Magnus Berntsson, met virtually today with Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Budget and Administration to discuss the Commission’s proposal for the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and recovery plan. Magnus Berntsson emphasized the importance of an ambitious long-term EU budget that secures a more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive … [Read more...]
EYE2020: Youth Mobility & COVID-19
The European Youth Event (EYE2020) is a major event at the European Parliament (EP) aiming to stimulate and involve active citizenship amongst young Europeans. It takes place every two years, but unfortunately, this year has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. In its stead, the European Parliament has organised a special online edition, with a variety of … [Read more...]
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