In order to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, the 2017 Autumn Bureau Meeting took place in the city of Maastricht, The Netherlands on 29 November 2017.
The Bureau meeting was an opportunity for European regions to celebrate the Maastricht Treaty, take stock of the achievements of the common European project and its economic, social and territorial cohesion efforts, and reflect on Europe’s future.
Bureau members were asked to develop, through internal discussions, the AER political priorities from General Assembly 2018-2019.
The Bureau also came to Maastricht with a debate on “Europe: the way forward. What future for regions?”. The panel discussion looked at the developments and challenges facing Europe today and asked regions for their views on the EU in the years ahead, the direction it should take and what it’s future should entail.
The Bureau unanimously voted for the following political goal for 2018-2019:
The Republic of Srpska actively participated in the work of the the bureau meeting supporting the priority goals of the regions both, in and outside the EU, with the primary aim of harmonizing and developing cooperation within the EU.
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is the largest independent network of regions in wider Europe, gathering regions from 35 countries – from Norway to Turkey and from Russia to Portugal.
AER is present everywhere on the European continent, inside and outside the European Union.