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...]
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.
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...]
The AER gathered the 16 May in Paris, 250 European, national and regional decision makers as well as representatives from the business and banking sector, in the presence of Janusz Lewandowski, European Commissioner for financial programming and Budget, Jean-Paul Huchon, President of the Ile-de-France Regional Council (FR) and Laurent Fabius, French Minister for Foreign … [Read more...]
Solving health inequalities is a moral imperative Regional representatives met on 15 May for an AER Breakfast Briefing on what is often considered a side-effect to the economic crisis: health inequalities. Göran Henriksson, Senior Public Health Advisor from the region of Västra Götaland (SE) shared his experience in tackling this burden: “Health inequalities are generated by … [Read more...]
During the Conference "Innovative Actions, Smart Jobs", hosted by Avila County Council on 16 April 2013 in the framework of INTERREG IVC project Smart Europe, AER member regions discussed alongside politicians and policy makers from across the EU the specific issues and common challenges to overcome the economic crisis. Promoting cooperation between SMEs and research … [Read more...]
During the Regions4GreenGrowth (R4GG) conference in Debrecen (H) on 27 March, the INTERREG IVC project partners presented the results of the first round of Regional Peer Reviews to boost investments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Through the Peer Reviews, the Regions of Valencia (E), Västernorrland (S), Noord Brabant (NL), Észak-Alföld (H), Abruzzo (I) and Western … [Read more...]
On 21 and 22 of March 2013 AER organised together with the region of Lezhe from Albania the "Lezhe Days in Brussels" with the aim of promoting the region among Brussels representatives and of finding good partners and contacts to get assistance in setting up a regional development agency in Lezhe. For this purpose, the chairman of Lezhe regional council Pashk Gjoni, together … [Read more...]
AER invited the members of the Congress of the Council of Europe to a cocktail on 20 March 2013 in Strasbourg. This short reception gave the opportunity to Congress members, in particular from non-AER member Regions, to discover the new AER communication tools and services. It also allowed President Sabban to reiterate the claim she made during her previous intervention at the … [Read more...]
In 2012, Beat Vonlanthen, State Councillor of the Fribourg Canton (CH), proposed to AER members to participate in the IDeal Index project, which aims to establish a new progress indicator at regional level. This new system of measurement should reflect the real progress of a given region—including sustainable development issues. This new indicator was first calculated for a … [Read more...]
What is the added value of integrated care? Integrated care is about closing the traditional gap that exists between health and social care: exploring and demonstrating its potential is the mission of the SmartCare, a project co-funded by the European Commission under the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy Support Programme. To this end, SmartCare will … [Read more...]
Young people are an asset in times of crisis, help them enter the world of work! At an event on youth employment organized by AER at the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw (PL), 100 participants welcomed the fact that the issue of Youth Employment had been recognised as a top priority by all EU Heads of States and Governments, which granted a new amount of 6 billion € for … [Read more...]