After the European elections in May, the EU has embarked on a number of institutional and personal changes. EU leaders meet in Brussels to set out a common future direction: On June 20 and 21, the European Council adopted the Strategic Agenda ahead of the new political cycle. These documents outline the future policy direction for 2019-2024 and guides the work of the EU … [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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On the morning of 15 May 2019, AER and Oppland (NO) co-organised a Breakfast Seminar entitled "The Sustainable Development Goals and regional growth – Is it possible?", which took place at Oslo Region European Office in Brussels The sustainable development goals (SGD) call upon governments, businesses and civil society to come together and work towards a sustainable planet, … [Read more...]
AER President Magnus Berntsson and Secretary General Mathieu Mori met on 10th April 2019 with Karmenu Vella, EU commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries. This meeting followed the publication of the second Environmental Implementation Review (EIR) package. This review is a tool to improve implementation of EU environmental law and policy. It aims to … [Read more...]
We are seeking nominations from AER Bureau Members to join the AER Political Priorities Task Force by completing the online nomination form available here. Following the decision by the Bureau to set up a Task Force to prepare the AER Political Priorities for the period 2020-2025 at the Bureau Meeting in Gelderland (NL) on 22 November 2018, AER is forming a Task Force to … [Read more...]
On 20 March, AER had not one but two meetings at the Berlaymont, the European Commission headquarters, in Brussels. Meeting Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel On Wednesday morning, President Magnus Berntsson met with Commissioner Gabriel to discuss the Digital Europe programme for 2021-2022. Accompanied by Martin Svensson and … [Read more...]
The Assembly of European Regions counts among its members four Romanian counties that share a border with Bulgaria. The Danube River winds along the southern edge of Mehendenti, Dolj, Olt, and Calarasi. For these regions, as with border regions across Europe, collaborations with neighbours across the border was not historically always the rule. With the beginning of the EU … [Read more...]
Following the European Commission's proposal on the EU budget, and more specifically on the future of the Cohesion budget, AER would like to share with you its reaction. We will be keeping on eye on the next developments in the specificities of the budget over the coming days and weeks, so please do not hesitate to contact us with your queries. For Institutional Relations … [Read more...]
Swiss federalism is the result of a long historical process that different actors, institutions and interests have shaped for centuries. One can identify three major factors: the presence of territorial units differing in terms of culture, language, religion, and democratic perception but forced to cooperate for economic and political reasons; a constitution establishing the … [Read more...]
Little history of Regional Russia Russia is a country covering a large part of eastern Europe and northern Asia. It became an independent country in December 1991, after the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR, commonly known as the Soviet Union). The sate-centred hierarchical approach has always been part of the Russian national historical tradition. … [Read more...]
Original publishing date - early 2017 Spain is a country of 504,645 square kilometres that shows important variation across regions in terms of economy, socio-political structure, language, culture and traditions. The Constitution of 1978, according to its redaction, was a compromise: it balanced the centralist institutions from the former regime (under Franco) and the … [Read more...]
Slovenia has only one tier of sub-national government, i.e. municipalities. Currently, there are 212 municipalities. This means that there are no other tiers of government, like counties, regions etc. Some other forms of regional segmentation exist (voting, police, financial, statistical districts), but not in the form of sub-national government. Local government … [Read more...]
The Republic of Azerbaijan 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. Azerbaijan belonged to the Russian Empire until World War I, during which period the Empire was dissolved. In 1918, Azerbaijan declared independence and established … [Read more...]
Sweden is a unitary state with a strong central administration. There is an undisputed regional level in Sweden, the provinces (landskap), with which there is a regional identification, although they ceased to play a part in the administration of Sweden in 1634 with the introduction of the county (län). The county level has a clear role in the provision of health and welfare … [Read more...]
The transition from the authoritarian political regime to the II Republic, in 1974, marked a change in the national territory and in the nature of sub-national government in Portugal. During the period of the authoritarian regime (1926-1974), sub-national tiers of government were strictly controlled by central government. There was no direct and free election for the local … [Read more...]
Norway is a constitutional monarchy with a written constitution and a parliamentary system where the Government (Regjering) is responsible to the parliament (Storting). The Norwegian unitary state is based upon a three-level model. The authority of the local and regional bodies is allocated from the national state according to the Local Government Act. Today Norway has 19 … [Read more...]