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AEBR’s General Assembly and Annual Conference “Mirror to the Future” – Cross-border perspectives on the European Green Deal

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

The 5th Cross-Border School has been organized by AEBR and the Radboud University of Nijmegen in Arnhem and online at 10:00-12:30, 13:30-14:30 and 15:00-16:30, hosted by the Province of Gelderland in the Haus of the Province (Huis der Provincie, Markt 11, 6811 DG Arnhem). Click on the link above to AEBR website for more detailed information, or go to the link to all events in the Momice platform. This event will be organized in English.

Thursday, 21 October 2021

AEBR Executive Committee will meet at 9:00 in the House of the City (Arnhem City Hall,  Koningsstraat 38, 6811 DG Arnhem), followed by the General Assembly of AEBR members at 10:15. Both events will have simultaneous interpretation in English, French and German.

At 12:00, a bus transfer has been organized to the Industrial Park Kleefsewaard (IPKW, Westervoortsedijk 73, 6827 AV Arnhem), where AEBR Annual Conference 2021 takes place. A walking lunch will be followed by the welcome speeches of host authorities and AEBR. Then, Commissioner Elisa Ferreira has confirmed a keynote speech. We have also invited Commission’s  Vice-president Frans Timmermans, in charge of the Green Deal portfolio, to address our Conference.

Current major challenges for border and cross-border regions (Green Deal, Digitalisation, Recovery and Resilience) will be discussed with EU institutions, national authorities and other organizations in various workshops, keynote sessions and a studio. AEBR Annual  Conference  2021 working language is English. See the detailed programme of all events on the Momice platform.


We will work on various aspects of the Green Deal of particular interest for border regions, such as water management, hydrogen and other energy transition issues, sustainable food, funding opportunities, or entrepreneurship in cross-border contexts.

At 17:15 we will finish the works of the day with the bestowal of AEBR Award Sail of Papenburg 2021

And, from 19:00 to 23:00 AEBR 50th Anniversary Celebrations with a Dinner designed by Katja Gruiters and Party with Live Band at Eusebius in Arnhem.

Friday 22 October 2021

9 – 12   AEBR Task Forces’ meetings and workshops: CB Health with DG Santé, Interreg with DG Regio, AEBR Strategy, EU External Borders, CB Economy / Entrepreneurship, b-solutions. Venue: Huis der Provincie, Markt 11, 6811 DG Arnhem

12 – 17   Fieldtrips & visits to the region: Euregio Rhine-Waal (hydrogen energy), Spiegelwaal-Nijmegen, De Hoge Veluwe National Park  (climate change, draught/flood), Achterhoek Proefboerderij de Marke (sustainable foods)

14:30-15:30 Online Workshop: Successful project proposals: tips and tricks

17:00-19:00  Informal Farewell Drinks, Hotel Haarhuis (Stationsplein 1, 6811 KG Arnhem)


If you are interested in participating and you haven’t pre-registered yet, please do so by using this link at your earliest convenience. You can change your mind anytime, but this is the best way to let us know if you are planning to travel to Arnhem or not, depending on public health regulations, or just plan to take part online. Then, our team and the team in Gelderland can better organize everything and guarantee that you will have an excellent on-site, online, or hybrid experience.

For those of you joining us in Arnhem, our hosts recommend staying at the Haarhuis Hotel. Please send your room inquiry directly to, using the code EVNT001280 to receive a special AEBR conference price discount. Nevertheless, there are other lodging possibilities in Arnhem and surrounders.

Our hosts also offer a package for Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October in Amsterdam.  If you are interested, please let us know (

Looking forward to meeting you all in Gelderland!

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