Multilevel governance understood as the exercise of authority and policy making across various levels of government has become one of the main approaches to European integration. It is one of the key tasks of the AER to ensure that regions are involved in the different governance debates on European level and to ensure that Europe's regions are involved in the EU's decision-making process of tomorrow.
In 2008 the CoR relaunched the debate on EU governance and on multilevel governance in the EU in particular. For the first time ever the CoR published in the course of 2009 a White paper in order to formulate its vision of the future of European governance.
AER position on MFF (Nov 2011): "The success of Europe 2020 will therefore, not only depend on an adequate budget, but also on key principles, among which multilevel governance and partnership. Regions, in this context, play a key role, as they are essential socio-economic actors in Europe. AER therefore asks that the forthcoming draft regulations, which will detail the MFF proposals, must be based on the key principles of multilevel governance and partnership."
AER position on budget review (Nov 2010): AER welcomed the proposal of building up a "more strategic negotiation process at local and regional level, the Member states and the European Commission", and expressed its willingness to contribute to make it become reality.
EU Regional policy is a main tool to foster economic and territorial cohesion in the EU and its neighbourhood. Regional and local authorities are the main target group of this community policy. AER is keen on representing regional interests and in fighting for the multi-level governance approach in this policy.
Please find here a link to AER's position on the role of multi-level governance in Europe's Cohesion policy.
AER position on Europe 2030: "There are no major challenges that the European Union can tackle without the help of the Regions. The Regions are already helping to deliver solutions to the challenges raised today and tomorrow: they are a force for proposals and action. The reason the Lisbon Strategy failed was that it did not recognise this reality. We have to prevent another such failure... A change of culture and political practices is necessary if we are to see the full implementation of the principles of subsidiarity and partnership.
What is at stake is not just to reinforce the link between Community strategies and national strategies, but once and for all to ensure the conditions for active participation by our Regions in the definition and implementation of the objectives of the Union, in a true spirit of multi-level governance. This is what the Union needs to do in order to be able to rise to the challenges facing it by 2030."
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