Report about the AEBR General Assembly 2010:

Report about main results and decisions

 

The AEBR General Assembly meeting took place at The Fairways Hotel in Dundalk on 21 October 2010 at 11.00 am.

 

Councillor John Farrelly, Chairman of the East Border Region, and Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Minister-President of the German-speaking Community of Belgium and President of the AEBR, opened the meeting and welcomed the participants in the city of Dundalk.

 

In his address, AEBR President Lambertz stressed main European debates of the present year and futures challenges faced by AEBR.

 

AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez briefly presented the Annual Report of the year 2009 (http://www.aebr.eu/en/publications/publications.php), which was also approved unanimously by the General Assembly.

 

Jens Gabbe, Chairman of the Advisory Committee, reported on main important tasks developed by the Advisory Committee.

 

In line with agenda item 3.4., some AEBR member regions unfortunately had to be proposed for exclusion due to several years of inactivity and outstanding fee contributions. The General Assembly also ratified the proposal to change the membership status of several regions, which have been facing considerable difficulties in the past, from full membership into “associated membership”:

  • Slovakian side of Carpathian Euroregion
  • Euroregion Tatry (PL)
  • Rhodope Municipalities (BG)
  • Euroregion Elbe/Labe (CZ)
  • Bihor County Council (RO)
  • Strouma-Strymon (BG) 
  • Euroregión Bílé-Biele Karpaty (CZ/SK) 
  • Municipality Network of Greece-Turkey-Bulgary “POLIS” (Greek part) 
  • Euroregion Drina-Sava-Majevica (HR/BA/SRB)

 

The AEBR General Assembly took with pleasure note of the fact that the Region of Epirus (GR) paid all outstanding fees for the years 2004 – 2009, and this in spite of the crisis in Greece.

 

The treasurer of AEBR, Frans Willeme, reported about financial developments and presented the 2009 Annual Accounts, the draft budget for 2011, and the supplementary budget 2010. All these financial documents were approved by the General Assembly, most of them even unanimously.

 

Dr. Wilhelm Jungk, Auditor of AEBR, shortly elucidated the audit carried out by him and Kaspar Sammer at the AEBR Head Office in spring 2010, and presented a written report of this audit, which the AEBR members approved as well.

 

After the presentation and discussion of the financial documents, the General Assembly ratified the proposed decision to relief the Executive Committee.

 

This year, the General Assembly also had the duty to elect the members of the AEBR Executive Committee for the term 2011/2012.

 

Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Minister President of the German-Speaking Community of Belgium, was re-elected as President of AEBR. All nominated Vice-Presidents, Auditors, the Treasurer, as well as the ordinary members of the Executive Committee were elected unanimously. Mrs Ann-Sofi Backgren was chosen in a separate meeting of all AEBR Vice-Presidents to become the first Vice-President of AEBR.

 

Please log onto http://www.aebr.eu/en/profile/executive-committee.php to see the full list of the AEBR Executive Committee 2011/2012. Most of the CVs are available for download from that page as well.

 

After the election of the AEBR officials, a further voting was necessary concerning the Fees Regulation and Structure (applicable from 2011 onwards). The new fee regulation is based on the methodology approved in the AEBR General Assembly 2009 in Ghent, and will create more transparency, as it now also takes into account the wealth and population of the member regions.

 

The General Assembly unanimously ratified the new fee regulation and the structure.

 

The AEBR General Assembly 2010 concluded with small reports of the three AEBR Task Forces on Strategy and Finances; CB Health; External Borders; and a presentation of the Forum of Global Associations of Regions (FOGAR).

 

 

 

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