To carry out its services, AEBR interacts with many partners in Europe and beyond. Within almost 50 years of work representing the interests of all border and cross-border regions at all levels, AEBR has developed an extensive network of partners.
At the European level, relevant partners of AEBR are:
- the European Commission, and particularly DG Regio, with which AEBR is in constant exchange representing the view of its members, but also to develop and implement projects targeted at improving cross-border cooperation. Since the establishment of the Border Focal Point and the implementation of b-solutions project, this relationship is stronger. AEBR is also in contact with DG Enlargement, DG External Relations, DG Competition, DG Social Employment and Social Affairs, DG Energy and Transport, and DG Research, to ensure the perspective of border regions in their outputs;
- the European Parliament, and particularly REGI Committee, with which AEBR follows up on issues of cross-border cooperation and on regional development;
- consultative bodies such as the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. AEBR takes part regularly in different hearings and consultations at the Committee of the Regions on different territorial topics of interest for European border and cross-border regions under an explicit agreement of cooperation;
- organisations such as the Council of Europe, and in particular with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE), and the expert Committee on Interregional Cooperation.
AEBR is also coordinated with other European regional organisations to unite efforts towards common goals, such as the #CohesionAlliance:
Other relevant partners are:
– Mission Opérationelle Transfrontalière (M.O.T)
– The Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI)
– The Euro-Institut Kehl and the Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN)
– The Nordic Council of Ministers
– The European Association of Elected Representatives from Mountain Areas (AEM)
– EURISY, an association of spaces agencies informing regions and cities, and SMEs, on the use of satellite applications to support public policies
– INTERMODES, European congress fully devoted to the intermodal transport of passengers
– The European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA)
It is thanks to the longstanding fruitful collaboration within this network that AEBR disposes of a unique position to promote cross-border cooperation through its initiatives and projects.
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