A brand new concept, combining pleasant times and useful discussions, we are proud to introduce you with our first Cocktail Debate to take place on 21 March in London, at 5 PM, in the framework of the AER Committees' Spring Plenary. After the opening conference on sustainable financing for the regions, all participants are invited to a networking drink to celebrate reunions … [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.
In AER, we put a strong emphasis on the future of cohesion policy and look for our members to jump in the process! A bit of background... In the last years, AER took part to a number of debates and workshops aiming at a necessary re-thinking of the European cohesion policy and its delivery mechanisms, as well as objectives, tools and assessment criteria. In a first meeting … [Read more...]
Last week European Commissioner Corina Cretu published an article on the need for Europe to build on territorial cohesion: "Cohesion Policy alone won't heal Europe, but Europe won't heal without Cohesion Policy". This idea which is very dear to AER, is particularly relevant in the current geopolitical context and is the foundation of the new AER political priority: A Strong … [Read more...]
The Investment Plan for Europe, also known as “Juncker Plan“, adapted in 2014, is built around three pillars: the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) the European Investment Project Portal (EIPP) and the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) Improving Investment Environment. The focus of the AER briefing seminar on 30 November with EC Vice president … [Read more...]
Political declaration Status quo is not an option for the European regions Adopted by the AER Bureau on 24 October 2016 in Vienna (AT) The Assembly of European Regions (AER) was deeply impacted by the results of the referendum held on 23 June 2016 on the United Kingdom’s membership to the European Union. Although AER expresses major concern over the outcome, it … [Read more...]
On 10 and 11 October, the AER Vice-President for Institutional Affairs and Leader of Hampshire County (UK) Cllr. Roy Perry will pay visits to various French regions, in order to re-engage and rebuild ties with them. France has indeed seen significant changes in 2016 with a major territorial reform that has led to less regions with more competences. From 22 metropolitan regions, … [Read more...]
Regions gathered at the AER Brussels office for an informal briefing to prepare for an eventful day branded "Cohesion Policy Post 2020". 28 September will be remembered as a key milestone for regions in their efforts to be heard in the discussions on the future of regional policy and cohesion funds. At the breakfast briefing, AER President Dr Hande Özsan Bozatli confirmed that … [Read more...]
The AER Observatory on Regionalisation (Enrico Martial and Alexandre Brecx) took part on 21 April 2016 in the first Jean Monnet seminar in Lille focusing on the heterogeneity of the regions inside the EU. French author Edith Lormel wrote about the main findings in an interesting article recently published on the website La documentation française. The article makes a review of … [Read more...]
The current programming period of cohesion policy is set until 2020. However, the discussions already started behind the doors of the European Commission and other institutions, especially as we are coming close to the mid-term review of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which will serve as a strong working base to prepare the post-2020 period. The EU Cohesion policy, … [Read more...]
AER met on 19 May with Commissioner Corina Creţu in charge of regional policy. A delegation reflecting the diversity of AER members, led by President Dr. Hande Özsan Bozatli with the presence of Magnus Berntsson, AER Vice President, and AER Secretary General Mathieu Mori discussed the future of cohesion policy. Ms Crețu highlighted her priorities for the future of cohesion … [Read more...]
Gratian Mihailescu, AER expert on regionalisation issues, was invited at Adevarul live to comment latests statements of Romanian prime minister Dacian Ciolos regarding decentralisation and reform of public administration. The Romanian government is concerned about three main aspects: a) fragmentation at decision level of local government, especially in rural areas, but … [Read more...]
AER members represent the diversity of Europe. A bit more than 50% of our members are composed mainly of rural areas. A lot of focus is currently put on the EU urban agenda. Yet, a sound territorial development will only happen if urban and rural connect cleverly. It is therefore important to think and discuss the future of European rurality. This is why AER has signed the … [Read more...]
In the wake of the AER initiative for revitalising democracy, we are pleased to advertise a symposium where our Vice President for Institutional Affairs, Roy Perry, will speak. The international institute of municipal clerks is organising on 2 and 3 June 2016 an international gathering of civil servants and thoses working in democratic services to discuss the challenges of … [Read more...]
“Democracy, human rights and civic participation are entwined. One is not possible without the others.” AER President, Dr Hande Özsan Bozatli, explains the reasoning behind the 2016 theme, Revitalizing democracy. 2015 has been a challenging year for Europe. Rising unemployment in many countries, divisions on the attitude towards a historic influx of refugees, economic growth … [Read more...]
The Observatory on Regionalisation is a network of some 40 experts, from Academy and research centres throughout Europe, passionate about the state of regions in their respective countries, independent from the AER and contributing on a voluntary basis to publish this comprehensive study and overview of the State of Regions in Europe. After publishing the individual country … [Read more...]