AEBR Executive Committee meeting in Sønderborg:

AEBR Executive Committee members in Sønderborg (Source: A. Winkler, AEBR)

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On 18th June 2015 a meeting of the AEBR Executive Committee was organized in the historic city of Sønderborg (Denmark) at the invitation of the Region Sønderjylland-Schleswig. 25 representatives of AEBR member regions attended the meeting that was opened by the President of the AEBR, Karl-Heinz Lambertz and the Mayor of the City of Sønderborg, Erik Lauritzen. In his welcome address Mr Lauritzen highlighted the importance of cross-border cooperation along the Danish-German border and of the exchange of experiences with other border areas within the Association of European Border Regions. Mr Lambertz welcomed the commitment of a strong group of border regions in the AEBR and chaired the explanations, discussions and decisions related to all items in the agenda.

Among others, the following topics were discussed:

-         Latest developments as regards cohesion, territorial cooperation and EGTC, the 25th Anniversary of Interreg,

-         AEBR considerations about current and future CBC

-         Cooperation between the AEBR and European institutions, the Intergroup of CBC at the Committee of the Regions, the informal Working Group at the European Parliament

-         Migrants, displaced persons, asylum-seekers and refugees from the perspective of border areas,

-         Plans of the Federal Government of Germany to introduce toll for passenger cars on German motorways and the EU rejection

-         Current and future projects of AEBR, its impact in the structure and the organization of tasks of the AEBR

-         General Assembly and Annual Conference of AEBR in 2015

-         The initiative to declare the 7th June as the International Day of Integration across National Boundaries.

The members of the AEBR Executive Committee dealt also on the occasion of the meeting in Sønderborg with important organizational and financial issues. Here, main points discussed were the Annual Accounts 2014, the report of the auditors, current and possible projects, a new working strategy for the AEBR and latest changes in membership.

The next meeting of the Executive Committee will take place on the occasion of the AEBR General Assembly and Annual Conference, next 12-13th November 2015 in Brussels. 

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