An AER working group provides a space for experience and knowledge exchange. The ground for mutual learning is the community the AER creates between member regions that have very diverse contexts and shared objectives. The AER community is one of its main added values when joining projects or developing advocacy activities.
As the mandates of current Working Groups have all come to an end, AER is offering the possibility to all members to propose to lead knowledge and experience exchange on a regional policy area that is important for them.
So… how to start a working group?
Contact the AER Secretariat and tell us what you are looking for!
If you’re not yet sure exactly about the activities or the specific focus of the working group you would like to lead, but you know you want to be engaged and lead a working group, contact us!
We’ll schedule a meeting to specify needs. We’ll help you identify the topic and main objective of the working group you’d like to set up and make sure this will indeed create value for you. We’ll help you to develop a draft proposal on the focus of the Working Group and identify a few potential activities, which you will then be able to share with other AER members.
What kind of topics?
At the AER we like to say that everything is possible!
Topics need to be in line with the Mission and Objectives of the AER, as defined in the AER Statutes
They need to be in line with the basic fundamental principles of the Council of Europe.
Who will be in the working group?
You may already know with which regions you would like to specifically cooperate with, in that case let us know and when needed we can facilitate the connection.
Working groups are open to all AER members. In order to propose a new working group, a core group of 1 leading region and at least 3 supporting regions are needed for the creation of a working group.
If you don’t yet know which regions you’d like to work with, let’s discuss! Together with the AER Secretariat you’ll be able identify peers in other regions who could be interested to work with you.
What kind of activities?
As per the AER Statutes, working groups are responsible for
- Promoting networking and knowledge exchange between AER members on specific issues related to regional development; (8.3a)
- Identifying and disseminating good practices. (8.3.b)
In this context, and depending on what you would like to achieve, activities can include activities to raise awareness on a topic and share existing practices, experience sharing, workshops to identify how to address shared challenges and societal changes, information sessions on funding opportunities, project development workshops…
The process to create a working group is detailed on this page.
There are many ways in which the AER offer and synergies with other activities can match your expectations. Contact us!