The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the AER Spring Committee Plenaries in Covasna County, Romania. The debate on “Smart specialisation strategies in rural areas, inclusion & wellbeing” could therefore not go ahead as planned. In order to harness the knowledge and expertise of our membership, AER is sharing content from speakers online instead. In the … [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.
Cohesion and partnership must be the driving force for European recovery
The #Cohesion Alliance – an EU-wide alliance of 12,000 signatories calling for a stronger cohesion policy after 2020 – welcomes the European Commission's revised 2021–2027 EU budget and Recovery Plan proposals including the extension of the current cohesion programmes with increased flexibility and additional funding. However, the Alliance urges the European Commission and … [Read more...]
AER Response to MFF & Recovery Fund Proposals
On 27 May, the European Commission published its proposals for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 and COVID-19 recovery plan. The next long-term budget of the European Union will be of crucial importance to the European project. Not only will it be delivered in exceptionally challenging times after the COVID-19, but it is also the Union's first … [Read more...]
Emotional Support for Young People during Lockdown
The Catalan Youth Agency has published two interesting guides with tips and advice for young people on how to manage and deal with the lockdown. Since this had a significant impact on young people by exacerbating and accentuating their already widespread fragilities. The goal is to accompany young people to find meaning in the lockdown and transform this situation into a … [Read more...]
EYE 2020 Online: Work in Times of Crisis (and afterwards…)
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...]
Agenda 2030: Now More Than Ever
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...]
Roadmap For Recovery: Paving the way towards a more resilient, sustainable and fair Europe after COVID-19.
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...]
Meeting with Commissioner Ferreira
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...]
Cohesion Alliance: Press Release – 27 April 2020
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...]
“Learning from Lockdown: Opportunity to reflect on climate change”
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...]
COVID-19: A Global Crisis That Requires a Collective Response
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...]
Global Sustainable Development Report: Is it already too late?
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...]
Intercultural Regions Network
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...]
Quality Education – Why It Matters?
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...]
Join AER’s New Taskforces!
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...]
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