European Regional Organisations
AEBR and the other European regional organisations (i.e. the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), Eurocities, REGLEG (regions with legislative powers), European Association of Elected Representatives from Mountain Areas (AEM) have for decades been co-operating as equal partners in all important European issues.
In 2010, AEBR signed a cooperation agreement with the Euro-Institut Kehl.
There are also regular contacts to the Mission Opérationelle Transfrontalière (M.O.T), an interministerial French organisation. They are active in European networking and aim to promote Cross-Border Cooperation at the French borders.
European activities of MOT are mainly built around two networks (MOT is founding member of both networks):
- The CECICN network;
The Conference of European Cross-border and Interregional City Networks, a local level approach, representing the interests of its members, in terms of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation, involving cities. In 2012 CECICN and AEBR realised a strategic document on Smart cooperation. More information about CECICN activities
- The Platform of Budapest network;
European network of national support structures for cross-border cooperation, a national level approach, created in December 2010 to share experiences and to realise common projects. The members of the platform are: the MOT for France, the CESCI for Hungary, the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom relations for the Netherlands, and the working communities Galicia-North Portugal and Castilla y León-North Portugal for the Spanish-Portuguese border.
The Budapest Platform
MOT European activities are located within a multilevel governance approach, of primordial importance for cross-border cooperation. General information about MOT European activities can be found in their brochure published in 2011.
On the MOT website, you can find webpages on European activities of MOT, among them one page dedicated to the cooperation between AEBR and MOT (within the European partnerships):
www.espaces-transfrontaliers.org (French website)
www.espaces-transfrontaliers.org (English website)
Together with AEBR, the following make up the five largest European regional organisations:
- Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR);
The CEMR combines local and regional authorities from all over Europe and as such most projects are launched at local level.
- Assembly of European Regions (AER);
Created in 1985, the Assembly of European Regions (AER) is a political organisation of the regions of Europe and the speaker for their interests at European and international level. Its mission: to bring together the regions of Europe and to allow them to act in the construction of Europe and European integration.
The AER currently has 250 member Regions from 26 countries and 12 member interregional organisations.
- Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CRPM);
The CRPM comprises local peripheral and maritime areas. In addition to representing the in-terests of these regions, the CRPM primarily deals with regional planning, and regional and cohesion policy.
Eurocities is an association of Europe's large cities. CEMR and AER deal with all local and regional issues. AEBR, Eurocities and CRPM also handle gen-eral European issues with a local a regional slant, but their main focus is on specific member issues, e.g. AEBR deals largely with border- and cross-border issues.
In the 1990s, it emerged that a joint approach by European regional organisations in important areas was necessary and could be very positive. This led to a high-level meeting in March 2002 in Linz, Austria at which joint working documents were drawn up on the following areas:
- regional policy and cohesion,
- governance and the future of Europe
- transport networks in Europe,
- sustainable agriculture and protection of rural areas,
- sustainable development.