Does social media help deliver better public services and does the use of social media create more open policy processes? What are the current trends and what are valid guidelines for decision makers? These questions are at the heart of a study published by the OECD in 2014 exploring the Social Media Use by Governments. Whereas politicians fairly quickly became aware of the … [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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Tulcea (RO), 5-6 October 2015 Partners of the Joint Efforts to Combat School Dropout (JET CD) project met in Romania for their third myltiplier event. 49 participants from the partner organisations and from different organisations from the region and including 4 representatives from Tulceas twinning region from the Republic of Moldova attended the event. They shared their … [Read more...]
6000 farmers gathered in Brussels on the occasion of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on Monday 7 September. Jan Jacob Van Dijk, Chairman of the AER working group on rural development, stresses the key role played by farmers for territorial attractiveness and as entrepreneurs: "Farmers play an important role to keep the countryside alive and vigorous. They invest in … [Read more...]
Migrant vs. refugee: What's the difference? (CNN) The difference between a migrant and a refugee marks a crucial distinction for European countries receiving new arrivals. Refugees, as defined under the 1951 Refugee Convention, are entitled to basic rights under international law, including the right not to be immediately deported and sent back into harm's way. "The … [Read more...]
Which Countries Are Under the Most Strain in the European Migration Crisis? (New York Times) The United Nations forecasts that 3,000 migrants a day – many fleeing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria – will pour into the Balkans, trying to reach Western Europe in the next few months. So far, the burden to absorb them has been unevenly distributed. Read the full article from … [Read more...]
Dedicated to the next generation of professionals and experts, the two conference tracks present the work and achievements of young researchers in the fields of biomass and energy efficiency. The Young Researchers Conference is held on 24-25 February 2016 in the context of the World Sustainable Energy Days 2016 in Wels/Austria. With more than 750 participants from over 50 … [Read more...]
The National Assembly and Senate have adopted the draft bill on the new territorial structure of the country after a first agreement from the Joint Committee on the text on 16 July. This represents the 3rd part of the territorial reform instigated by President Hollande. Decentralisation allows the transfer of administrative competences from the State to local authorities. … [Read more...]
As the new programming period has started, the AER is willing to look into the role that regional authorities actually play in European politics and in Europe in general in 2014. The study will focus on several questions, such as: To what extent is the subsidiarity principle implemented in European countries? Have Regions seen their competences and influence developed in the … [Read more...]
The WHO global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services represents a call for a fundamental shift in the way health services are funded, managed and delivered. Take part in the consultation. Call deadline: 15 July … [Read more...]
On 23 June, AER held in its Brussels premises a joint workshop with the Covenant 2022 for Circular Economy. The working day gave a bird’s eye perspective on the state of play of circular economy in Europe, and was an opportunity to meet the views of the public and financial sectors, with the presentation of various best practices in the regions to fund projects and … [Read more...]
“We won’t show you our successes or good practices, we want you to see the bare reality and identify the failures we don’t see” is what the 10 peers from AER, Maramures, Avila, Flevoland and Sør-Trøndelag heard at a one-week peer review in Mid Sweden (27-31 May) in the context of the Smart Europe INTERREG IVC project. Embedded with an outstanding innovation system, an … [Read more...]
The Assembly of European Regions together with Brasov County and the University of Transilvania organised between 7th and 8th May 2015 a Conference on “Innovative Education – A real opportunity for Youth”. The main theme was the focus on educational systems management, with good practices from various domains including two study visits (the Research and Development Centre of … [Read more...]
The Council of Europe aims at creating a European Roma Institute. Chronology … [Read more...]
Launch of first human rights education manual for young people to combat antigypsyism by the Council of Europe. Read the manual … [Read more...]
Study published by the European Center for Minority Issues. Read the study … [Read more...]