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...]
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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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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...]
Artificial what? Cognitive scientist Marvin L. Minsky, who is also a co-founder of the MIT AI Laboratory, defines artificial intelligence as “the science of making machines do things that would require intelligence if done by men”. The term artificial intelligence is therefore used when machines perform human-like cognitive functions such as learning, understanding, reasoning … [Read more...]
AER is happy to share a successful project from Umbria region, aimed to provide a good practice adaptable for future projects in the field of formal and non-formal adult learning. PRALINE project - ‘Peer Review in Adult Learning to Improve Formal and Non-Formal Education’, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, aims at developing innovative and sustainable initiatives to support … [Read more...]
At the AER Spring Committee meetings in London, the region of Flevoland (NL) was recognised in the #ShineBright session in recognition of its active participation on the topic of Cohesion Policy. A Task Force on Cohesion Policy was set up during the Autumn plenary meeting in Izmir, and Flevoland have been working hard since to develop a survey on the use of structural and … [Read more...]
The report gives an overview of the Estonian administrative system today and discusses the current administrative-territorial reform. Estonia is one of the smallest countries in the EU with a surface of approximately 45,000 km2 and population of 1.3 million. Furthermore, the structure of Estonian administrative system is also different from the ‘usual’ one, as Estonia has no … [Read more...]
Malta is a centralised state and the powers that have been delegated are those to the local government. Indeed today two levels of government exist at the central and local level. Though the centre retains power, Maltese people tend to identify themselves with their locality. In every locality one finds that people tend to be proud of their hometown or village, and are willing … [Read more...]
At the AER Spring Committee meetings in London, the region of Värmland (SE) was recognised in the #ShineBright session in recognition of its leading role in Committee 2 on the topic of equal opportunities. Värmland was the first region in Committee 2 to nominate a politician for the role of Committee 2 Representative for Equal Opportunities. It is fair to say they contributed … [Read more...]
The AER’s Summer Bureau meeting took place in Sankt Pölten, Lower Austria (AT), on 1 June 2017 to debate the future EU cohesion policy beyond 2020. At the meeting, AER Bureau members adopted a position on cohesion policy post 2020, setting out AER's views and recommendations for the forthcoming policy reform. The position calls for a strong renewed cohesion policy for all … [Read more...]
Today, during AER's General Assembly, our outgoing President launched AER's Report on the state of Regionalisation in Europe. The story behind the report Early 2014, as the new programming period started, the Assembly of European Regions (AER) decided to look into the role regional authorities play in European politics and in Europe in general. To what extent is the … [Read more...]