AEBR’s Executive Committee meeting in Szczecin, Pomerania, on 12 July 2019:



 

Euroregion Pomerania hosted the last meeting of AEBR’s Executive Committee on 12th July 2019. Krzysztof Soska, Vice-mayor of Szczecin and Chairman of the Association of Polish Districts in Euroregion Pomerania, and Marschall Janusz Gromek, member of the Council of West Pomerania Voivodship, welcomed the participants and opened the meeting. Jens Gabbe took occasion to remind the pivotal role of the region Pomerania assumed in 2002 when it took a strong stance to adopt cross-border cooperation as a strategy for Poland’s international relations. This moment can be seen as the begin of cross-border cooperation practices all over Poland.

AEBR’s Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez provided an overview of most relevant updates concerning cross-border cooperation, focusing on current challenges and opportunities for border regions. Mr Guillermo Ramírez informed on current initiatives promoted by DG Regio (European Commission), the European Committee of the Regions and other stakeholders, and illustrated the configuration of the newly elected European Parliament, in particular the REGI Committee:


EPP (11)

ARIMONT Pascal

BENJUMEA BENJUMEA Isabel

BERENDSEN Tom

BOGOVIČ Franc

DEUTSCH Tamás

DOLESCHAL Christian Konrad

HAVA Mircea-Gheorghe

HETMAN Krzysztof

JAHR Peter

KEFALOGIANNIS Manolis

NOVAKOV Andrey

S&D (9)

BENEA Adrian-Drago

BERGKVIST Erik

COZZOLINO Andrea

CREŢU Corina
KREHL Constanze

MAESTRE MARTÍN DE ALMAGRO Cristina

MARQUES Pedro

PENKOVA Tsvetelina

WARD Julie

Renew Europe (6)

BIJOUX Stéphane

GHINEA Cristian

KNOTEK Ondřej

LONG Naomi

SOLÍS PÉREZ Susana

USPASKICH Viktor

Greens/EFA (4)

EVANS Jill

NIENAß Niklas

ROOSE Caroline

VANA Monika
Identity & Democracy (4)

ANDROUËT Mathilde

DONATO Francesca

PANZA Alessandro

ROUGÉ André

ECR (4)

FITTO Raffaele

KRUK Elżbieta

MOŻDŻANOWSKA Andżelika Anna

TOMAŠEVSKI Valdemar

EUL/NGL (2)

MICHELS Martina

OMARJEE Younous (Chair)

Non-attached (3)

D'AMATO Rosa

DAUBNEY Martin Edward

GLANCY James Alexander

 

 

DG Regio has promoted two consultations of interest for CBC practitioners, one on cross-border data sources and on information centres for cross-border’s matters, while DG Competition launched a public consultation proposing amendments to the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). This review is of extreme relevance for actors involved in Interreg Programmes because it gives the chance to facilitate the management of ETC programmes in the framework of state aid regulation. At the same time DG Regio continues to look for support for the proposal for a European Cross-Border Mechanism.

The Committee of the Regions is committed with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has included them in its agenda. Focusing on the endeavours made by local and regional authorities, the CoR launched the #Integration Initiative to give them visibility and to promote best practices about migration issues by local and regional authorities.

Looking at the future of cross-border cooperation, Mr Guillermo Ramírez informed about latest updates on the #CohesionAlliance initiative and on latest news about the negotiations of the Multiannual Financial Framework at the European Council.

With regard to the association’s activities, the next appointment is the General Assembly and the Annual Conference of AEBR taking place in Dresden (Euroregion Elbe/Labe) on 23-26 October 2019, together by the 3rd edition of the Cross-Border School and a full programme of side activities focusing on cross-border culture.

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