The AER Working Group on Mental Health organised its kick-off meeting on 27 October to define priorities and develop activities for the coming months. In particular, the group decided to organise a workshop on mental health on the occasion of the AER Winter Dialogues in Sankt Pöllten (AT) (registrations until 15/11/2023). Getting to know each other The working group … [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.
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is committed to the cultural development of all our member regions. Culture, and cultural diversity are key elements of regional sustainability, and language is a fundamental element of Europe’s shared cultural heritage. Read the full AER statement on the occasion of the European Day of Languages by AER President, Albert Castellanos … [Read more...]
Russia's unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine violates international law, undermines global security, and tears innocent lives apart. In the face of this merciless brutality, the Assembly of European Regions stands with Ukraine, its citizens, our members and friends. The future is (more) Europe and Ukraine is part of it Since its inception in 1985, the Assembly … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]