AER is closely monitoring the situation relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Below you may find some links to resources that may be useful to your region.
AER Response to Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative +
AER welcomes the response to tackle and alleviate the economic and societal burden faced by our citizens, and would like to emphasize the importance of regions and local authorities in facing crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The amendments to the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived are very much lauded as we must ensure that all levels of society receive the basic necessities during these difficult times in a safe manner.
Coronavirus: Digitalisation and Contact Tracing to Lift the Confinement Measures
In response to the global health crisis due to coronavirus, EU Member States, with the support of the European Commission have developed an EU toolbox for the use of mobile applications for contact tracing and warning. Find out more here.
Call for Proposals: Research & Innovation Projects in response to COVID-19
The Eureka Network is an intergovernmental organisation for market-driven industrial Research, Development and Innovation. Read about the call in full in this news article.
European Youth Foundation: Funding Opportunities Responding to COVID-19
The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established by the Council of Europe providing financial and educational support for European youth activities.
For this call, priority will be given to pilot activities that aim at demonstrating solidarity and support to all persons affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Full information can be found in this article.
COSME Loan Guarantee Facility (LGF)
The EU Programme for Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) opened a call in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This call was launched under the COSME Loan Guarantee Facility (LGF) and introduces measures aimed at facilitating access to finance to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) affected by the crisis.
AER has drafted a briefing on this call – the deadline to apply is 30 June 2020.
AER Response to EU Commission Guideline on Public Procurement in Emergency Situations
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) welcomes the guidance published on 1 April by the European Commission on using the public procurement framework during the COVID-19 crisis.
AER Response to the Amendment of the European Union Solidarity Fund
AER welcomes the proposal from the European Commission to extend the scope of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to include major public health emergencies. AER lauds the quick approval from both the European Parliament on 26 March 2020 and the European Council on 30 March 2020.
Read the AER Response & Briefing in full HERE to learn how to apply and what costs are covered by EUSF.
Essential practical advice on Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps mobility
This factsheet gives essential practical advice to participants in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Central European Initiative: Extraordinary Call for Proposals in fields of healthcare, education & MSMEs for Central Europe.
AER analyses & responds to the EU Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) welcomes the proposal from the European Commission to mobilise investments in the healthcare systems of the Member States and in other sectors of their economy in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. AER agrees that flexibility and speed are needed in addressing this crisis and to ensure that there are financial means to make the needed investments without delay to minimize the long-term economic impact.
Consult the proposed CRII Distribution per EU Member State here.
EU Supports for National & Regional Levels
Commissioners Elisa Ferreira & Nicolas Schmit have sent letters to all EU Member States to inform them of supports for national, regional and local communities to contrast the spread.
The European Parliament Research Service has prepared a briefing entitled “What can the EU do to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus crisis?”
Relaxed Restrictions on State Aid
The European Commission has announced new temporary measures relating to State Aid in a document entitled ” Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak”
The Assembly of European Regions
The AER Secretariat is currently teleworking as a result of the COVID-19 Virus.
We remain reachable, as usual, by email/phone and video conference – visit the Secretariat webpage for our contact details.
AER is reviewing our events & meeting calendars on a regular basis. Keep an eye on our events webpage for further information.
The Eurodyssey Programme has been temporarily suspended. Read this article for more information.
Please follow the World Health Organisation and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for the latest guidelines, as well as those of your national and regional authorities.
The latest statistics from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)