The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is the largest independent network of regional authorities in wider Europe, bringing together regions from 35 countries along with 15 interregional organisations.
Established in 1985, AER is a forum for interregional co-operation and a lobbyist for regional interests on the European stage: AER was a key player in the creation of the advisory bodies to the Council of Europe (Congress of Local and Regional Authorities) and the European Union (Committee of the Regions).
AER’s policies are driven by an Executive Board and Bureau consisting of regional presidents and other high-level politicians. Those policies are implemented within three working committees and two transversal issues, which are chaired by regional politicians and co-ordinated by staff within AER’s General Secretariat in Strasbourg and Brussels. The committees are pragmatic, non-bureaucratic structures that continuously evolve and respond to the diverse needs of AER members.
The Assembly of European Regions works for a peaceful and prosperous Europe. Our political assembly believes that regions are the optimal institutional actors to build bridges between European/National leaders and the citizens. This link offered by Regions reinforces trust and ensures the flow of ideas enabling peace and prosperity to spread on our continent.
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In order to fulfil these objectives, AER members work in thematic committees and have a whole range of effective tools at their disposals. Appart from its members, AER works also with other networks, private partners and the AER business community.