We are eager to announce that the European Parliament has granted AER to participate in the European Youth Event 2020 in Strasbourg! (Keep reading to join us in this exciting adventure...) What is EYE2020? From 29 to 30 May 2020, the European Youth Event will bring thousands of young people coming from all over Europe to Strasbourg (FR). The event is aimed to … [Read more...]
This tag is for all posts relating to the Future of Regions.
Monitoring regionalisation has always been one of AER's main missions and objectives. Keeping track of the developments in all European countries, in terms of decentralisation, subsidiarity, regional democracy and key to understanding where European regionalisation comes from, and where we are heading.
The section below brings together articles, interviews, publications from members and experts across Europe to keep track of the State of the Regions in Europe.
The Autonomous Province of Vojvodina (RS) hosted the 2019 AER Summer Academy, engaging almost 100 participants from all over Europe. Youth participation, equality, migration, environment and unemployment were some of the topics addressed during all the plenaries and parallel workshops. For all these reasons it was a great opportunity to discuss not only the problems that young … [Read more...]
AER - Youth Regional Network (YRN) is very proud to announce its partnership with the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe 20th University on Youth and Development which will take place in Mollina, Málaga (Spain) in September 2019. This will be also the occasion to celebrate the YRN Autumn Committee Plenaries themed around the UYD'S 2019 annual focus "Youth & … [Read more...]
The 37th CIRCOM Regional Annual Conference will take place in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia, on May 30th and 31st, 2019. Placing regional broadcasting at the centre, the annual event gathers experts, thinkers and observers of the media world. This year’s theme, The Future of Regional Media (FoRM), reflects the numerous challenges and recent developments of the … [Read more...]
Following the past AER General Assembly which took place in Lillehammer (Oppland, NO) on 23 May, the Bureau members got together on Thursday 24 May to discuss key issues concerning the future of the cohesion policy budget and AER overall political direction and priorities for 2018-2019. The Bureau is the primary political voice of AER and establishes the political base for AER … [Read more...]
On the occasion of the London Committee 1 plenary meeting, members agreed to organise a study visit on the energy transition in Gelderland (NL) to share and learn from each other’s experiences. The Province of Gelderland invites all AER members to take part in a study-visit to get to know this unique multi-stakeholder collaboration for an energy-neutral Province. See … [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...]
Following AER's focus on Turkish member regions and the work addressed to them in terms of EU funding and relations, we would like to focus again on an initiative aimed at strengthening sustainable structures between local administrations/authorities in Turkey and EU Member States: the Town Twinning Action Between Turkey and the EU Grant Scheme. Within this initiative, which … [Read more...]
Investing in regions reduces social and economic disparities and promotes inclusive growth, one of the priority areas of operation for the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB). In recent years, the Bank has stepped up its cooperation with regions and municipalities in its member countries in order to lend its full support to their social investments. The scale of … [Read more...]
What are the main challenges of the European project? Is the EU still fit for purpose? What is the future of regions in a reformed Union? Here are some highlights of the “Europe: the way forward. What future for regions?” debate held in the City of Maastricht on 29 November as part of the AER Autumn Bureau meeting. The future of Europe has been part of many conversations … [Read more...]
During the AER Autumn Bureau Meeting, that took place on the 29th of November in Maastricht, Bureau members voted on the 2018-2019 political priorities for AER. It was an interesting process, as the priorities were drafted and voted on, in the same day. The discussions leading up to this were therefore very dynamic and fruitful. Setting the overarching political … [Read more...]
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...]
On Tuesday 20 June, AER launched its new visual identity. This new branding symbolises AER's political priority: "A Stronger Europe". This transition to a renewed AER could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of AER during the last four years, under the presidency of Dr. Hande Ozsan Bozatli. Let us now work all together – local, regional, national … [Read more...]
This week (19 June 2017) AER President Magnus Berntsson was elected R20 (regions of climate action) President by the R20 Governing Board and General Assembly. AER and R20 have enjoyed a close relationship over the last years, leading to a smooth and almost expected result. But where do we stand in our alliance with the R20 to help regions fund their green … [Read more...]
Challenges posed to the EU cohesion policy, according to EPRS Last month the European Parliament Research Service issued a briefing on the issues in the forthcoming post-2020 reform, entitled “Challenges for EU cohesion policy,” which was authored by Mr. Vasilis Margaras, Policy Advisor, European Parliament. In a nutshell, there are numerous issues facing the post-2020 EU … [Read more...]