Representation of Interests

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.