09.09, Brussels (BE) - "Jean-Claude Juncker in his speech on the state of the union has stressed the need for more Europe in the Union and more Union in Europe. Regions within AER show unity in diversity, put into place bold and pragmatic actions in all policy fields and learn from each others mistakes and best practices. I could not agree more when Mr Juncker says that the fight against climate change will not be won or lost in Brussels or Paris but on the ground, in cities and regions. The same goes for many other topics and we look forward to working together with the European Commission to bring back union and pragmatism to Europe."
The aim of the event is on the one hand to identify the reasons for the high youth unemployment rate and subsequently juxtapose regions from both ends of the spectrum in order to exchange ideas and best practices in the attempt to tackle youth unemployment successfully and mutually compare implemented measures and procedures on the regional level. On the other hand existing measures on EU-level such as the youth guarantee should be presented and discussed.
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Seize the excellent opportunity that the European Commission is offering to regional and local authorities that are ready to deploy or scale up innovative solutions in the coming 2-3 years in the field of AHA (ie. procure innovative solutions for active and healthy ageing, integrated care etc.).
What you can gain: co-finance up to 35% of the procurement costs, benefit from free of charge capacity building and attend tailored events and/or webinars in October that will allow you to prepare for the upcoming H2020 call on ‘Public Procurement of Innovation’ as well as to network with similar organisation from other existing networks and initiatives. Please express your interest by email as soon as possible: EC-EIP-AHA(at)ec.europa.eu
The Assembly of European Regions hosted a visit of a delegation from the East Border Region that is representing politicians and officers from local county councils in Ireland/Northern Ireland. Apart from learning more about AER, the delegation discussed with AER's Vice-president treasurer, Magnus Berntsson (Västra Götaland/SE) the role of broadband in rural and urban areas as well as energy distribution and connectivity. Keen to learn more about the European experiences in these areas, AER is looking forward to cooperate more with Irish counties.
Save the date! Île-de-France Europe and the partners of the Erasmus + RMT project invite you to the conference on "European Mobility and Employability: what benefits for businesses" on 13 October (09.30-12.00) in Île-de-France Europe (10 rue Montoyer, 1000 Brussels). The project partners include Île-de-France, Esmovia (Valencia-ES), CEDIT (Firenze-IT), Berlink (Berlin-DE) and EPN (Bristol-UK). The lead partner is the European Research and Training Institute in Paris.
European experts from AER’s academic centre took part in an AER roundtable with Ukrainian politicians and civil society representatives to discuss decentralization.
6000 farmers gathered in Brussels on the occasion of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on Monday 7 September. Jan Jacob VAN DIJK, Chairman of the AER working group on rural development, stresses the key role played by farmers for territorial attractiveness and as entrepreneurs:
"Farmers play an important role to keep the countryside alive and vigorous. They invest in employment, not only direct employment but also indirect. Examples are the food processing industry, education and research, engineering, construction, the service industry. These days the agricultural sector is facing many challenges. Even in my region of Gelderland the rural areas are under pressure to stay vital. Farmers are also entrepreneurs and therefore also have to deal with business risks. Public authorities cannot and do not aim to take over these entrepreneurial risks, but they can seek to bring together stakeholders in order to identify causes, consequences and solutions. ‘Europe’ has also to take its responsibility. And when it comes to me, I am not so much in favour just to get the wallet out, but rather would look at structural solutions to business risk in an industry that plays an important role in the supply of food. Europe could invite the stakeholders who can play a role in this for a more fundamental discussion."
Join the Committees Plenary Session to discuss the topic of "Public Sector Governance in times of change". Policy making and rendering services for the citizens are constantly challenged by societal changes, the digitalisation of our lives and the political developments on local, national and global level. The urgency to become more efficient in the public sector, financial pressure, and reduced staff pose considerable constraints on maintaining good government services and fulfilling the expectations of citizens.
The City of Vienna (AT) recently published a report focusing on its international activities in 2014. Vienna "has worked for socially and ecologically sustainable development, ensuring the competitive standing of the city both nationally and internationally and winning international recognition in Europe and beyond", said Dr. Michaël HÄUPL, Mayor and Governor of Vienna.