From 31st May to 2nd June 2017, the plenary session of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) took place in St. Pölten (Austria). In the course of the meeting, Magnus Berntsson was elected as AER-President and Lukas Mandl as new AER-Vice-President. Representatives from 270 regions from more than 30 European countries came together to discuss innovation and cohesion.
Within the framework of this meeting, the Region of Catalonia was awarded as the “Most Youth Friendly European Region”. The aim is to emphasize the importance of youth policy at the regional level in order to improve the living conditions of young people as well as to promote the social understanding of the role of young people in the society. Especially in the southern EU countries, unemployment among the under 30s is enormous. Catalonia has succeeded in counteracting this trend with the program of the Public Employment Service Austria: Under the motto “New opportunities and unique programs”, this project was designed by the Department of Labor, Social Affairs and Family. The prize was awarded for the 8th time; among the competitors were regions from Norway, Serbia, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.
The new President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER), Magnus Berntsson (3rd from right) and the new Vice-President, Lukas Mandl (far right), presented the AER award to the representatives of the Catalonia Region during the General Assembly in St. Pölten as the most youth-friendly region in Europe