Representation of Interests
AEBR's main aim is not simply exchanging experiences and information or addressing the problems and opportunities specific to border and cross-border regions, but above all representing all the interests of these regions at European level: at the EU (Council of Heads of State and Government, the Parliament and the Commission), at the Council of Europe (the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities as well as the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers), by cooperating with the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions as well as the other large European regional organisations (the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR), Eurocities, REGLEG (regions with legislative powers), the European Association of Elected Representatives from Mountain Areas (AEM) and others. The AEBR has also developed tight relationships with some organizations working in specific fields. This is the case of EURISY, a non-profit organisation to promote full access of society to satellite information and services. INTERMODES another organisation aimed at all international players in the passenger transport sector wishing to contribute towards intermodality on the domestic and European levels and to develop solutions that promote intermodality.
European institutions have been our regular partner for dialogue ever since the Association was founded in 1971, even during the periods when neither the Council of Europe nor the European Union had major powers or financial means. Nevertheless, it was important to establish a clear political message in Europe: The diversity of Europe's problems and opportunities are concentrated in the border and cross-border regions like under a magnifying glass. In these areas, Europe becomes a reality for its citizens. It is at these internal borders that European unification must prove its worth and that the European continent must join together. If this is not possible at the borders, then the entire European unification and integration process could fail."
This development was initiated back in the 1960s by the Council of Europe. While the influence of the European Union increased, the political and content-related lobbying work was gradually transferred to the EU.