Solutions for an age-friendly society require the collaboration of stakeholders, which are often not used to work together. IT developers and businesses may have very different ways of looking at a problem. Add to that the point of view of doctors, nurses, informal carers or patients and their sometimes unexpected ways of using technology and you will be heading for total chaos … [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.
Karsten Uno Petersen, President of the AER Committee on Social Policy and Public Health and Vice President of the region of Southern Denmark, and Anthoni Zwiefka, Senior Specialist of Lower Silesia (PL) shared their experience on the use of structural funds for health during the information session AER co-organised in partnership with COCIR, the trade association of the … [Read more...]
Regions4GreenGrowth provides recommendations on how to boost investments in RES & EE. “The European Union (EU) aims to get 20% of its energy from renewable sources (RES) by 2020, as well as to cut 20% of Europe's annual primary energy consumption” (Source: EC website.). The stakes are high, but unfortunately, the fact is that public and private stakeholders willing … [Read more...]
Supported under COSME, this call aims to develop cluster organisations' capacity to provide more professional business services to SMEs, helping to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs. More information here. … [Read more...]
Regions are main stakeholders when it comes to promoting fundamental rights in their territory. The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has published a very useful online toolkit to help public officials improve the protection and promotion of fundamental rights. The Training Academy organised in Brussels on 19 September allowed participants not only to get an … [Read more...]
At a Press Conference organised in cooperation with the European Countryside Movement (ECM), regions and international organisations called on the future Parliament and Commission highlighting three key messages: Rural areas contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy: Today the EU has a tendency to focus on increasing effectiveness by using factors such as competitiveness, … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]