Udine, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia (I), 9 November 2007 As EU nations come to grips with selling the idea of a shared "European identity" to citizens, the regions of wider Europe have taken up that challenge with this week's adoption of the Assembly of European Regions(AER) Udine Declaration. The declaration sets out the regions' crucial role in fostering a common European identity, … [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.
"Europe must now find the strength to make new progress", said Riccardo Illy, President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia-I, during the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions, which was held today in Rome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the EU Founding Treaties. Speaking during the round table on "Tomorrow's … [Read more...]
'The time has come for the Regions, the Member States and the European Institutions to work together, to define a common vision for Europe and to set a joint course of action for the coming 50 years.' Half a century ago, the six founding nations of the European Economic Community met to pursue their common interest of peace and prosperity across continent. Today, … [Read more...]
Klaus Klipp, Secretary General of the Assembly of European Regions, delivered this morning a letter on behalf of AER President Riccardo Illy (President of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy) to the President of the Republic of Italy Giorgio Napolitano, who's in Strasbourg for a solemn visit to the European Parliament. In the document the more than 250 regions … [Read more...]
The political representatives of the Assembly of European Regions (AER), together with major experts on the European Constitution, are meeting in Berlin on the 22nd February, in order to show the EU Member States the way ahead on the EU Treaty. The AER Presidium, representing more than 250 European regions, will on that day issue the 'Declaration of the European Regions for … [Read more...]
Regions of Europe Table of contents: Editorial by Riccardo Illy, President Europe’s future lies in its regions Regionalisation gains ground in Europe The regional cause forges ahead in Europe Regions 2000: greater solidarity The AER, twenty years on (Use Pop Out button to Download/Open) … [Read more...]
The Presidium of the Assembly of European Regions (AER), meeting in Strasbourg today, evaluated the work of the European Convention and expressed satisfaction on its initial results over the Draft of a Constitutional Text for the EU. (Use Pop out button to Download/Open) … [Read more...]
European unification within the “Europe of the Regions” is one of the principles of the Baden- Württemberg Constitution, which has always given a particular importance to crossborder cooperation, especially with French and Swiss regions. The role of the regions in Europe is not sufficiently acknowledged by the public, which is more interested in activities of the state. The … [Read more...]
The Draft European Charter of Regional Democracy was initiated by the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Europe (CLRAE) in 1997. The original idea behind the Charter was to set out the key principles that should underlie effective regional democracy in Europe, covering areas such as financial autonomy and legislative powers. However, the Charter … [Read more...]