07.11. - 09.11.2013
Euregio Maas-Rhein


7 - 9 November 2013: AEBR General Assembly and Annual Conference 2013

Cross-Border Urban and Rural Integrated Areas - Challenges and Chances
Location: Liège (BE) and Maastricht (NL)

The AEBR Annual Conference 2013 will take place on invitation of Euregio Meuse-Rhine in Liège (at Conference venue “Le Cadran”) and Maastricht from 7-9 November 2013, immediately after the AEBR General Assembly. The main topic of the Annual Conference will be “Cross-Border Urban und Rural Integrated Areas –Challenges and Chances”.

In many border regions different types of areas come together. A very frequent case is a urban agglomeration surrounded by scarcely populated, rural areas across the border. They need to be integrated all together. The new Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 attaches more importance to the urban dimension. However, rural areas are facing important challenges as well, as for example demographic change and brain drain, and innovative solutions are needed in these fields. Territorial Cohesion needs close cross-border cooperation in fields as spatial planning, services as for example public transport as well as regional development. In this framework communities of shared responsibility can grow between urban and rural, stronger and weaker areas, known as Integrated Areas. This balancing partnership of structurally and economically different types of regions can contribute to reinforced growth and innovation, and increase the visibility and competitiveness of all parts of the integrated area. Euregio Meuse-Rhine is one of the pioneers of cross-border cooperation, having worked successfully for 37 years in the border triangle between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The strategy for the future “EMS2020” is meant to strengthen the development of Euregio Meuse-Rhine towards a cross-border integrated area.

Please find below the invitation letter, draft programme and practical information of the event.

Click here for the video about Euregio Meuse-Rhine, host of the AEBR Annual Event 2013.