The Republic of Moldova is part of the Eastern Partnership, which is an initiative that enables closer political, economic and cultural relations among the EU, its member states and 6 eastern European partners. Moldova gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The young republic later established itself as a “sovereign, independent, unitary and indivisible state” in … [Read more...]
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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.
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When the Irish state was established, it inherited the British system of local government, which pre-dated the state’s birth. After independence, no constitutional provision was made for local government. A centralized system of governance The Irish state developed a highly centralized system of government. The Irish government’s desire for centralized power was, however, … [Read more...]
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was a constituent state of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia until 1991. Despite experiencing considerable decentralisation in the Yugoslavian period, after independence the country increasingly centralised itself. As a result, in the Nineties, FYROM was regarded as one of the most centralized countries in Europe. The … [Read more...]
The Czech Republic is a country located in central Europe. It comprises the historical provinces of Bohemia and Moravia as well as the southern tip of Silesia, which are collectively often called the Czech Lands. At the end of the World War I, with the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the state of Czechoslovakia was established. The democratic and post-communist … [Read more...]
Bulgaria covered a surface area of 111,000.9 sq. km and has a population of 7,153,784 inhabitants at the end of 2015. Over the years, the administrative and territorial division of the country was subject to multiple changes, reflecting the geopolitical, demographic and territorial dynamics. The principles of local self-government and a three level territorial organisation were … [Read more...]
During AER’s event on artificial intelligence (AI) attendees broke into five roundtable discussion groups, each addressing an area of AI important to stakeholders. The group called Skills and Competences: Racing with Machines discussed the skills and competences which will become the most valuable as AI continues to progress. A central focus for the group was on the reforms … [Read more...]
During AER’s event on artificial intelligence (AI) attendees broke into five roundtable discussion groups, each addressing an area of AI important to stakeholders. The group titled the culture in the digital age discussed the progression of AI generated art and its future role in the creative arts industry. For an hour, topics such facilitating collaboration between AI and … [Read more...]
Supporting innovation, Attracting Innovators At AER’s event on artificial intelligence (AI) attendees broke into five roundtable discussion groups, each addressing an area of AI important to stakeholders. Contributors highlighted the changes they expect to see in their fields with the progression of AI and its implications for their work. The group titled supporting … [Read more...]
This year again, the World Sustainable Energy Days 2018 will take place in Wels, Austria. From 28 February to 2 March Upper Austria will be the capital of energy efficiency, biomass and smart building. As a longstanding partner to the WSED, AER is proud to invite its members to attend one of Europe's largest annual conference on Energy! What's in for regions? Experts from all … [Read more...]
According to the magazine The Economist, data is becoming the world’s most valuable resource. Data more valuable than oil? So why is information more valuable than oil or gold? Let me share an example on how even small bits of data can create valuable insights given by Peter Sondergaard, global head of research at Gartner Inc. Consider this example: An elevator company … [Read more...]
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, one of the world smallest countries, is located in North- Western Europe. It lost part of its territories to France (1659), Prussia (later Germany, 1815) and Belgium (1839), whereas its independence was established by the Treaty of London of 1839. Luxembourg is a unitary State with a municipal level of decentralisation, established under the 1868 … [Read more...]
After the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia in 1918, two levels of territorial division were introduced: there were 19 districts and more than 500 rural or cities municipalities. Self- governments were abolished after the coup d’état, which established the regime of Kārlis Ulmanis on 15 May 1934. During WWII Latvia was occupied three times: in 1940 by the USSR, in … [Read more...]
Regionalisation process Croatia is a country that was developed on the contact of different geographical units (Adriatic - Dinaric - Pannonian area). The Croatian state, established in its first form since 7th C., consisted of two complementary regions: Littoral/Adriatic Croatia and Pannonian Croatia. Croatia entered the 20th century with consolidated administrative units: 8 … [Read more...]
The need to consider the crucial role of European regions Discussions on the post 2020 EU budget will soon be launched. Debates on the future EU budget are traditionally animated. The forthcoming discussion will not deviate from this rule. This debate will take place in a context of budget restriction, both at the national and regional level. At the same time, without an … [Read more...]
French regionalisation, as developed as it may seem, is still incomplete. The phenomenon is surrounded by political controversies and marked by contradictory strategies. Decentralisation reforms, particularly the 2004 laws on regionalisation, were not of such a nature as to rectify the budgetary imbalances, the specialist knowledge, and the resources that cripple the French … [Read more...]