Raising awareness about the link between culture and regional development; Supporting the thematic work in the field of Culture and Health; Developing links between Youth and Culture; Encouraging exchanges of good practice in the fields of Culture Heritage and Cultural Tourism.
Promoting youth employment, youth entrepreneurship, life-long learning, vocational training and mobility; Combatting school drop-out; Advocating young people’s active participation in society; Contributing to the summits on the economic crisis dedicated to citizens and regional politicians.
With unprecedented high unemployment rates among our youth, with all the social difficulties that it entails, the youth of Europe must be at the heart of AER priorities. With dedicated tools such as Youth Regional Network to promote youth participation, the Eurodyssey programme to facilitate youth employment mobility, its work on education to entrepreneurship and youth employment, ER has always been at the forefront of youth policy. The 2013 priorities will continue to reflect AER’s involvement in the future of our children.
Continue cooperating within Europe with Black sea neighbouring regions as well as regions of the Eastern partnership, but also outside Europe with Southern Mediterranean regions and Asian regions.
In order to highlight the importance of ‘Equal opportunities’ and ‘Institutional affairs’ throughout AER activities, our General Assembly decided in May 2013 to make them transversal issues directly dealt with by each Committee. Two AER Vice-Presidents are respectively in charge of these issues within the Executive Board, namely Monica Carlsson (County Councillor of Norrbotten-S) and Roy Perry (Leader of Hampshire County Council-UK).