AEBR Annual Conference 2012 "Cross-Border Larbour Market Mobility - Experiences, Problems, Challenges":

Opening session (Source: AEBR)

The AEBR Annual Conference 2012, dealing with "Cross-Border Labour Market Mobility- Experiences, Problems, Challenges" was opened on Friday 9 November by Uwe Schulz-Hofen, Head of labour market and vocational training unit, Senate of Berlin (Leiter des Referats Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsbildungspolitik der Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Arbeit, Integration und Frauen), Walter Deffaa, Director General, European Commission, DG REGIO, Henning Heidemanns, State Secretary, Ministry for Economy and European Affairs, German Land of Brandenburg, Natalia Romanova, Chairperson of the Chamber of Regions, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of AEBR and Minister President of the German-speaking Community of Belgium.

Round Table

Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of AEBR and Minister President of the German-speaking Community of Belgium, chaired the 10.00h Round Table Cross-border labour market – political challenges and responses

Jutta Steinruck, European Parliament, Rapporteur on the EU Programme for Social Change and Innovation, Roberto Grilo, Vice-President for Cooperation Affairs, Region of Alentejo (PT/ES), Ole Norrback, Former Finnish Minister and Ambassador, Chairman of the Freedom of Movement Forum of the Nordic Council of Ministers, and Klaus Heeger, Secretary General of the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI), presented their views and recommendations. 

Participants of the AEBR Conference in Berlin (Source: AEBR)
Participants of the AEBR Conference in Berlin (Source: AEBR)

During the session on Cross-border labour market - regional experiences, problems and challenges, which was moderated by AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez, cross-border labour market mobility experiences were presented from the regional point of view by Ruth Taillon, Deputy Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Northern Ireland, Charles Ricq, Centre d´Observation Européen des Régions (C.O.E.U.R.), Professor at Genève University, Milan Jeřábek, Universität Ústí nad Labem (CZ/DE), Linda Blom, Grenzpendlerberatung EUREGIO (DE/NL), Katrine Glotvold-Solbru, Eastern Norway Research Institute.


In the session "Cross-border labour market – cooperation initiatives and best practice examples", cooperation initatives and best practice examples related to cross-border labour market were presented. 

Eric Jakob, Executive Director of REGIO BASILIENSIS, reported about the developments in the Upper Rhine area. Peter Hansen, Executive Director of the Region Sønderjylland-Schleswig, explained the activities of the Project GrenzNetz. Petri Kahila of NORDREGIO gave an overview on the "Centralbaltic Job Ferry" project. Ilka Meisel, German federal state of North Rhine Westphalia, and Paul Nemes, County Administrative Board of Värmland, reported about the developments and activities of the Brain Flow project. Walter Reiter, Executive Director L&R Social Research presented the project EXPAK.

During the late afternoon, a Final Declaration was presented and adopted, which is meanwhile available in EnglishFrench and German

The Summary Report about the cross-border labour market project, which was distributed during the conference, is now also available for download in EnglishFrench,German and Polish.  

Dr. Reinhold Kolck, Vice-Chairman of the AEBR Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Sail of Papenburg Jury


During the afternoon session, Guido Wevers and Huub Smeets also presented the results of the workshop on culture, which took place on 8 November 2012. Click here for the film about the Via 2018

Additionally, Dr. Reinhold Kolck, Former Vice-President of AEBR, Vice-Chairman of the AEBR Advisory Committee, announced the winners of the 2012 AEBR Award "Sail of Papenburg". This year, there are two winners: EGTC Galicia-Norte de Portugal with the project „Labour market mobility in the EuroregionGalicia-Norte de Portugal. Recognition andevaluation of vocational training certificates“ and Upper Austria-South Bohemia with the project "Regio Talent - Regionalisation without borders". Click here for furhter information. 

Euregion Maas-Rhein, host of the AEBR General Assembly and Annual Conference 2013, showed a film to inform about the possiblities and the potential of this large region, covering parts of Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands. 

The Annual Conference 2012 ended with a dinner, offering the participants the chance for further networking. 

Project part-financed by the European Union

Photo Gallery AEBR Executive Committee Meeting, AEBR General Assembly and AEBR Annual Conference 2012 in Berlin/Germany. 

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