Assembly of European Regions (AER)
The Council of European Regions is a network of independent regions in which 35 countries, 230 regions and 15 inter-regional organizations are members, established in 1985 in order to establish interregional cooperation. In addition to being a forum for interregional co-operation, AER is a lobbying organization to defend regional interests on the European ground. In 1986, the Council of Europe recognized AER as the main European body representing the regions. AER has played a key role in the creation of advisory bodies for the Council of Europe (Congress of Local and Regional Authorities) and the European Union (Committee of the Regions).
AER's policies are managed by the Board of Directors and the Bureau, formed by regional heads and other high-level politicians. These policies are managed by three separate working committees with regional politicians and are coordinated by the AER staff from the General Secretariat in Strasbourg.
What is the vision of AER?
- Making the principle of close and strengthened cooperation indispensable in the decision making process in Europe.
- Advancing the regional interests of European and national decision makers.
- Making the regional dimension more visible in Europe, embodying and reflecting it.
- Taking regions as the basis to ensure political, economic and social development for a multi-layered Europe.
For more information, please visit:https://aer.eu/