The European Youth Event (EYE2020) is the major event at the European Parliament (EP) aiming to stimulate and involve active citizenship amongst young Europeans. It takes place every two years, but unfortunately, this year has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID19 outbreak. In its stead, the European Parliament has organised a special online edition, with a variety of … [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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The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in 2015 has always been of great importance. From Poverty to Education through Health and Climate Action, and many more areas, the SDGs offer a broad range of activities needed to improve societal and environmental issues. However, recently, life has taken an unusual turn and the achievement of the SDG … [Read more...]
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a catastrophic crisis with dramatic effects on our society. The European Union had to come up with a strong response reflecting determination, unity and solidarity; the roadmap for recovery. The roadmap for recovery is the result of the collaboration of the European Council, the Commission and the European Central Bank. It aims to … [Read more...]
AER President Magnus Berntsson met with European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms this afternoon to discuss the forthcoming EU Budget - the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 - 2027. The discussion centred around the future of European cohesion funding, the new Recovery Fund to deal with the knock-on implications of COVID-19 as well as the future of the Just Transition … [Read more...]
Deal on EU budget and Recovery Fund is needed by June or delay will put citizens' safety and cohesion in Europe at risk Following the video conference of the members of the European Council on 23 April the Cohesion Alliance – an EU-wide alliance calling for a stronger cohesion policy after 2020 – calls for cohesion policy to remain a priority amid talks about the Covid-19 … [Read more...]
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is having an impact not only on health systems, global travel and work patterns, but also on our environment. This week it was announced that the COP26 climate summit, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, due to take place in Glasgow in November 2020, would need to be postponed until 2021. Holding an inclusive and ambitious COP this coming … [Read more...]
A message from the AER President, Magnus Berntsson on COVID-19 and AER's current and future work. The Assembly of European Regions and its members are acutely aware of how the current pandemic, the coronavirus, is affecting all members of society, not just in Europe but around the globe. Regional and local leaders are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic - … [Read more...]
On Monday 23rd February representatives from AER attended a Webinar on the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report.The webinar was organised by the UN DESA (Department of Economic and Social Affairs), presented by Astra Bonini and Stephanie Rambler and focused in particular on which transformation is needed to attain the sustainable development goals. As we currently are … [Read more...]
About Europe is becoming more diverse. The key to fostering inclusion is adopting an intercultural approach based on strong coordination among all levels of government and other relevant stakeholders. Inspired by the Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe, the Intercultural Regions Network aims to provide a platform for … [Read more...]
This article was first published on Regions2030.com It is no secret for anyone, education is the key to freedom and success. Basic education, which ranges from early childhood education to primary and secondary education, paves the way for a child’s future life. Indeed, people with a low(er) level of education are more likely to live in poverty as there is a greater … [Read more...]
Two new Taskforces are set for launch: Democracy, and Sustainable Mobility and Connectivity. Read below for more information on the work of these new taskforces, and find out if it might be of the interest of your region to join them! AER Taskforce on Democracy At the AER Bureau meeting, in Larnaca (CY), the Bureau members decided to establish the Taskforce on Democracy … [Read more...]
This years’ edition of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) has failed to meet expectations - it is now time to work towards a successful COP26. AER President Magnus Berntsson was present at the COP25 in Madrid during the last week of the conference. AER was accredited observer status to this years’ conference following the networks increased work connected to … [Read more...]
The latest ‘Europe's State of the Environment 2020’ report, which was launched by the European Environment Agency earlier this month, states that Europe is facing environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency. This report underlines that Europe will not achieve its 2030 goals without urgent action over the next 10 years to address the alarming rate of biodiversity … [Read more...]
Cohesion policy is the main European investment policy to reduce territorial disparities and deliver a fairer Europe. It is important that an instrument such as this is appreciated and protected. It cannot be taken for granted. Cohesion Policy is now at the risk of being significantly reduced from the next Multiannual Financial Framework that the EU is negotiating … [Read more...]
The Autumn edition of the twice-annual AER Bureau Meeting took place in Brussels on 5 December 2019, hosted by the Brussels Capital Region. The Bureau is the primary political voice of AER. It engages in issues of a pan-European and global nature emanating from members and establishes the political base for AER’s advocacy work. Political Priorities 2020-2025 The … [Read more...]