About the partners



The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is the largest independent network of regions in wider Europe. Bringing together more than 270 regions from 33 countries and 13 interregional organisations, AER is the political voice of its members and a forum for interregional co-operation.

AER has been active in the field of sustainable policies for many years now. The Committee 1 of the AER currently manages a working group on tourism and has recently launched a Web Portal on sustainable tourism. 20 AER member regions are already visible on this platform, which enables them to showcase their cultural heritage.

The AER will contribute its experience of interregional collaboration and the extensive dissemination potential to this project. Since cultural heritage and landscape is a key topic for many regions, the information from the PRESERVE project will be actively promoted and absorbed through the AER channels of information.

The AER will also benefit from the PRESERVE project. Indeed, the organisation is working to fine-tune the Peer Review methodology in the field of tourism.

This requires advanced study and expertise in order to determine efficient and relevant criteria for the toolkit. The partners in the PRESERVE project will be able to bring the necessary expertise to the initiative and will enable the methodology to be tested and guaranteed for success. After the PRESERVE project, the AER will be able to carry out more Peer Reviews in order to analyse the sustainability of tourism policies in regions throughout Europe.


Anna Schober
T/F: +32 2 880 95 64

Brussels - 20/01/09 - Meeting President Barroso with President Van Den Brande and the presidents of associations : President Barroso, Luc Van Den Brande, Michele Sabban


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