Representation of interests at European level

  • being active in European institutions, organisations and networks,
  • co-operating with other European regional associations.

In practice, this is done by elaborating joint statements of the European border regions, participating in hearings and consultations at European institutions, lobbying at politicians and administrative bodies, etc.


European Council
Photo: Council of Europe

In close co-operation with AEBR, the Council of Europe has above all carried out the following activities:

  • formulation of specific objectives and solutions in the area of European spatial development: "European Charter for Spatial Planning" (1983), "Guiding Principles for Sustainable Spatial Development of the European Continent" (2000), Recommendations of the Council of Ministers on these Guiding Principles (2002);
  • improvement of the legal framework for cross-border co-operation in Europe, particularly by initiatives to improve cross-border co-operation between the new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe - establishment of Euroregions; adopting the "European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Cooperation between Territorial Authorities", (1980 - Madrid Outline Convention) and its additional protocols in the 1990s;
  • dealing with problems of cross-border co-operation, such as spatial development, infrastructure, environment, commuters, culture, social issues and disaster prevention policies;
  • organisation of 7 "Conferences of Border Regions" between 1972 and 1999, during which important resolutions were taken;