Building on the will over the last 20 years to provide Europe with a fully integrated trans-European transport network (TEN-T), the European Commission issued, in December 2013, the new guidelines for its implementation and its financial instrument Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). While the attainment of an all-integrated European area at the service of the single market … [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.
In the framework of its actions regarding the Black Sea, AER supports the initiative launched by its partner, the Go-Governance Institute chaired by Prof. Melanie Sully, namely the Good Governance Award. This Award aims at promoting interregional cooperation in this part of Europe. Vienna, as one of this Award’s sponsors, has recently hosted the winners coming from … [Read more...]
From 19 to 21 April, the SMART EUROPE INTERREG IVC project partners gathered in Manchester (UK) in order to exchange and discuss on how to build dynamic business environments and nourish open innovation. Led by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), good practices from Avila (ES), Flevoland (NL) and Manchester (UK) were presented: the creation of clusters, the benefits of … [Read more...]
During the month of March, the European Council met to underline the importance of a strong and competitive European industrial base, building on the Commission's recent Communication on the new reform package for the future EU industrial policy. At the occasion of the first meeting of the AER Working Group on Investment, Business and SMEs held on 17 March at the Press Club … [Read more...]
What is the Charter for Multilevel Governance? Adopted by the CoR on 3 April 214 and supported by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Charter is a political manifesto from European cities and regions inviting all public authorities to make "multilevel governance" a reality in day-to-day policy-making and delivery. This primarily … [Read more...]
Michele Vellano is a professor in International and European law for the Department of Economic and Political Sciences at the University of Valle d'Aosta (Italy). He is director of the Inter-University Centre dedicated to International Economic Organisations law (Centro interuniversitario sul diritto delle organizzazioni internazionali economiche). He is a member of the AER … [Read more...]
With the consultation on the EU revised guidelines on State Aid for Airports and Airlines coming to a close, members of the AER Working Group on Regional Airports gathered in Brussels to discuss the potential threats the new guidelines will pose to the survival of Regional Airports, and subsequently to the ability of Europe’s regions to define coherent territorial development … [Read more...]
Rome was at the frontline of the European debate, last 4 October. More than 600 high level representatives from European Institutions, Italian national and regional authorities, companies, associations and think tanks came together to discuss the upcoming 2014-2020 EU structural funds. The main goal of the conference, organized by AER, Euractiv Italy, Warrant Group and … [Read more...]
Regions at a Glance 2013 shows how regions and cities contribute to national growth and the well-being of societies. It updates its regular set of region-by-region indicators, examining a wide range of policies and trends and identifying those regions that are outperforming or lagging behind in their country. The report covers all 34 OECD member countries, and, where data are … [Read more...]
Only a few days after Albanian national elections, the AER, together with the region of Kukes, gathered Presidents of Albanian regions as well as European stakeholders, representatives of NGOs and experts to tackle the issue of the future competences of the Albanian regions. The Albanian associations representing local authorities, the Communes – Counties – Local autonomies – … [Read more...]
Electric vehicles are an essential part of the solution to Europe's twin challenges of reducing carbon emissions and improving energy security. Following the adoption of the AER Kendal Report, AER member regions discussed with DG Move, the European Electromobility Observatory of HyER, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, BMW and EURELECTRIC on the present … [Read more...]
While the perspectives of the EU 2020 targets for reduction of greenhouse gases and increase in renewable energy are promising, those for Energy Efficiency (EE) remain a challenge for most EU regions. Concerned by this prerogative, the EC Directive on EE establishes a common framework of measures for the promotion of EE and aims to remove barriers in the energy market. … [Read more...]
On 12 June, 15 participants from different regions kicked off AER's school dropout initiative in Brussels. They defined their objectives, work plan and methodology and set a 2 years calendar. Members of the working group will collect and present prevention measures at the next Committee 3 meeting on 30 and 31 October 2013 in Strasbourg. Further steps will focus on intervention … [Read more...]
The report advocates the potential of rural regions in Europe and puts forward suggestions to ensure it is fully exploited. Opening up these territories through transport infrastructure and digital development is the key to attract new industries and jobs. Creating a new rural development policy, independent from the agricultural one, becomes therefore necessary. Jean-Paul … [Read more...]
A political report, adopted on 18 May 2013, aims to highlight the importance of facilitating electric vehicles. The main recommendations include: need for further Inter-operability of the supporting infrastructure behind vehicle charging, ‘Universality’ which will allow the owners of electric vehicles drive outside there locality, Promotion and Communication to tackle the lack … [Read more...]