Lobbying and Networking
Advocating the interests of the regions in Europe

Check out HERE our list of activities in 2014

What do we understand by lobbying and networking?

Even though the word lobbying often carries a negative connotation, AER understands it as a legitimate process in which AER is bringing region's expertise and needs together, formulating them and ensuring that this information gets to the right people, at the right time, with the right arguments at national and European level. Read more HERE if interested in learning and reading more about lobbying and networking practices in general.

What do we want to achieve?

AER wants to engage with key contacts in the European commission and parliament to ensure the visibility of regional interests on European level, to raise influence and impact of regions, to make and shape European policy relevant to regions according their needs and interests. Vise-versa, AER wants to provide useful and timely information to its members so that they can actively engage in European and regional decision making.

How do we achieve it?

We arrange high level meetings with Commissioners and our AER members, we organise events, from high visibility conferences to small and concise briefing sessions, show-casing and promoting the interests of the regions and explainging them to European decision makers. We also our institutional channels, such as the Committee of the Regions or the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council fo Europe, to get our positions across, and we make use of collective actions and build issue-based coalitions with other networks and partners in order to ensure that there is a stronger alliance to promote AER member's interest through position papers and joined events.

2014 will be an important year for the European project. The European elections will show how much support Europe will have by its citizens, a new Commission will be put in place, and new leaders will be elected on Europe's top positions. Despite these changes, AER will continue to work on issues relevant for regions, such as youth employment and European mobility, European and regional transport systems, e-health and in general public health,the new industrial agenda, regional media and implementation of the new programming structure of European funds, be they Structural funds or general sectoral funds. Click here for the full list of Lobbying and Networking activities undertaken in 2014.

Even though AER was active in a wide variety of policy fields relevant to its members, 2013 was in particular marked by the 2nd and 3rd Regional Crisis summits, taking place respectively in Poland and in Paris, Ile-de France, featuring regional success stories and ways on facing the crisis. Furthermore, AER was campaigning together with its partner network ACI Europe, for rights and interests of regional airports. Strengthening the role of regions in the Eastern Partnership was another area, AER was actively engaged in 2013, promoting regional democracy and interregional cooperation during its Black Sea Summit and in the context of the Vilnius summit on the EaP in November 2013. Click here for the full list of Lobbying and Networking activities undertaken in 2013.

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