Report about the AEBR Executive Committee Meeting held on 4 and 5 February 2011, Tábor, CZ:

Meeting of the AEBR Executive Committee, 4 February 2011, Tábor/CZ, Euregio Silva Nortica (Source: Euregio Silva Nortica)

On 4th February 2011, 44 members of the AEBR Executive Committee met in Tábor, Euroregion Silva-Nortica, Czech Republic, for the first meeting in the year 2011.


Mr. Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Minister-President of the German-speaking Community of Belgium and President of the AEBR, Mr. Jiří Fišer, Mayor of Tábor, and Mr. Jiří Zimola, Hauptmann of the South Bohemian District, welcomed the participants.


The minutes of the meetings in Dundalk (21 October 2010) and in Udine (Autonomous Region of

Friuli Venezia Giulia, 17 September 2010) were approved.


Some of the newly elected Vice-Presidents (election in the General Assembly on 21 October 2010 in Dundalk, East Border Region) took the chance to present themselves:


  • Mr. Bernhard Bramlage (Landrat of the Leer Landkreis, DE), representing the Ems Dollart Region (DE/NL), where he is the President. Mr. Bert Bouwmeester (Mayor of Coevorden, NL) replaces him in the Executive Committee (not as Vice-President).
  • Mr. Günter Alsmeier (former Mayor of Bad Bentheim, DE) was elected as new Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee representing EUREGIO (DE/NL), where he is the President. Mr. Harald Krebs will keep on replacing him in the Executive Committee (not as a Treasurer).
  • Mr. Zbigniew Kulik (Euroregion Neisse/Nysa/Nisa) was elected as our Polish Vice-President, and Mr. Andrzej Jankowski will replace him in the Executive Committee (not as Vice-President).


Some new members of the Executive Committee, as well as their representatives, were also elected on the occasion of the General Assembly in Dundalk. Those of them present in Tábor introduced themselves: Mr. Jean-Marie Belliard (Alsace, FR), Mr. Christian Haugen (Hedmark, NO), Mr. Dirk Hilbert (Euroregion Elbe/Labe, DE), Mr. Gennady Plokhikh (Euroregion Yaroslavna, RU-UA), Mr. Andrzej Pruszkowski (Euroregion Bug, PL-UA-BY), and Mrs. Gabriella Rigoni (Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, IT, nominated subsequently).


The meeting continued with an evaluation of the AEBR General Assembly and Annual Conference in Dundalk-Newry (Ireland-Northern Ireland), 21-23 October 2010. A full report about the conference is available on our website:


Another topic of discussion was the European debate on Territorial Cooperation during the Belgian Presidency and perspectives during the Hungarian, and the 5th Cohesion Report


President Lambertz introduced the topic with an overview of the territorial cohesion question during the diligent Belgium Presidency. Particularly relevant events were the Conference of European Territorial Cooperation organized in Tournai on the 20th Anniversary of Interreg, and the Informal Ministerial Meeting in Liege. The President of the AEBR took active part in both events. Please find more information on the Liege Informal Ministerial Meeting in:


With regard to the Hungarian Presidency, the following appointments have been already programmed during this semester:

-          9 February, NTCCP (Network of Territorial Cohesion Related Contact Points) meeting, Budapest

-          29 March, Meeting of the Director Generals in charge of territorial issues, Budapest

-          19 May, Informal Ministerial Meeting, Gödöllö


Some more networking meetings, conferences and other events are being organized during this presidency on various territorial issues, in particular EGTCs (growing presence in the Hungarian borders, in a Member State which was the first one to adopt the regulation of EGTCs).


AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez briefly presented the AEBR Position Paper on the 5th Cohesion Report as a response to the Consultation by the European Commission, stressing the European added value of Cohesion Policy; the need to strengthen governance in programmes and projects for territorial cooperation, particularly in CBC, as well as the amelioration of effectiveness and results; the use of new financial instruments, a greater flexibility and the deepening of partnership and subsidiarity


In addition, information was given on the future of Interreg, and the different exchanges of views with European institutions, as well as the methodological proposals by the AEBR German Working Group ( .                                                                                                                                                      


President Lambertz reported on the High Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens, chaired by Mr. Edmund Stoiber, with the motto of reducing administrative burdens to develop business, ideas and innovation in the EU.


Mr. José Maria Cruz (Extremadura) briefly reported on some actions related to the European Year of Volunteering.


The Secretary General and the Chairman of the Advisory Committee reported on recent related activities at the European Parliament, and on the CoR Conference to launch an EGTC Platform (27-28 January), more dynamic than the previous Experts Group.


Mr. Johannes Moisio (South Karelia) briefly reported on the activities of the AEBR Task Force on External Borders. He also announced the 3rd AEBR Summer Seminar for Border Youth, hosted by the Regional Council of South Karelia (FI) and the Lappeenranta University of Technology next 8-12 August 2011.


After the Lunch Break, internal affairs such as Secretariat General and organizational issues: AEBR Action Plan, Finances, and participation in projects were discussed. The Task Force Strategy and Finances met on 29th January in Brussels. After that, a working paper was distributed to the members of the AEBR Executive Committee. President Lambertz introduced this topic and opened a debate with Executive Committee members, who were encouraged to take active part.

Reception in the framework of the AEBR Executive Committee meeting, 4 February 2011, Tábor/CZ, Euregio Silva Nortica (Source: Euregio Silva Nortica)

The meeting concluded with a reception at Tábor City  Hall on invitation of Mayor Jiří Fišer.


On day 2 (Saturday, 5th February 2011), the participants had the opportunity to get to know Euroregion Silva Nortica more deeply during an study trip through the area, visiting some interesting border areas between South Bohemia and Lower Austria, in particular the Memories of the Iron Curtain in České Velenice and some prevailing border effects.

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