How to join the first network of European Regions? How to (8 pages)

how can you become an aer member

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Services and tools
provided for our members and partners

Lobbying European and national political decision-

• Access to AER’s reports, positions, and contributions on a

given theme

• Keeping watch over and monitoring European themes from

a regional viewpoint

• Expert political analysis
• Accompanying members through the European decision-

making process

• Advising members on strategical aspects of regional politics
• Anchoring, connection, and intermediation with European


Gathering and organising expertise on regionalism

• Academic production
• Successful regional practices
• Thematic expertise
• Socioeconomic information

Spreading regional information and expertise
through diverse channels of communication

• Breakfast briefings
• Newsletter
• Thematic dossiers
• Informational notes
• Events
• Social networks
• Website
• Political reports

Facilitating networking between member regions

• Contact with regions from across Europe
• Contact with thematic networks

• Contact with European socioeconomic circles
• Placing AER and its members on the international scene

Organising training and the exchange of successful

• Peer reviews
• Training academies
• Eurodyssey
• Summer schools
• Study visits
• Field visits

Promoting opportunities for regions

• Monitoring calls for projects and service contracts
• Finding project partners
• Setting up projects
• Promoting a region’s potential
• Drawing businesses into the regions

Organising encounters

• Major Events
• Conferences
• Thematic workshops
• Committee plenary sessions, General Assemblies, Bureaus
• Working groups

Improving member regions’ visibility and image

• AER awards
• Media appearances
• Regional press room
• Tales from Europe
• Regions in focus

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In accordance with

AER’s statutes

, regions are defined as “local authorities immediately below the level of

central government, with a political power of representation embodies by an elected regional Assembly.” 

Since regional capacities differ from one state to another, six distinct set-ups are currently possible:

constitutional regions enjoying state prerogatives (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland)

regions having an extended political and administrative autonomy (Spain, Italy, and certain
independent regions or islands in Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Portugal)

regions within decentralised states (France, Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic)

regions benefiting from the status of district, department, or county (Croatia, Denmark, Finland,
Hungary, Greece, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, the Ukraine)

regional authorities composed of county delegations (Ireland)

small states whose size corresponds to that of a region.

In order to request adhesion: please send an official letter, signed by the president of your region, to the
President of AER. Once your request has been accepted by AER’s Bureau or Presidency and the fee is paid, you
are free to participate in all our activities. In accordance with our statutes, your application will be ratified
during our annual General Assembly.

How can you become an AER member?

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