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AEBR 50th Anniversary Annual Conference

2021-10-20 - 2021-10-21

The 50th AEBR Annual Conference in Arnhem, Gelderland, the Netherlands.

The event takes place from 20th to 21st of October 2021 at different locations in Arnhem.

The Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) was founded in the Dutch German border region in 1971. The idea was to establish a network in order to strengthen the integration of citizens across national boundaries. Over the last 50 years the AEBR has been working on representing the common interests of border and cross-border regions inside and outside the European Union. The AEBR identifies obstacles to cooperate and to find joint solutions to border and cross-border problems, promotes exchanges between stakeholders in order to enhance cross-border cooperation and territorial development in general, with full respect to regional diversity.

Mirror to the Future & European Green Deal
This year, we celebrate 50 years of successful cooperation of border-regions in Europe. Whilst much has changed during the last 50 years, the AEBR is still dedicated to its mission to enhance cross-border cooperation and to represent the interest of its members at European institutions. Whether we will be successful in our next 50 years depends on how we will tackle the many future challenges we face, most urgently the climate change. The European Green Deal is the most comprehensive and ambitious set of policy initiatives in the world. It offers a pathway for a sustainable and thriving Europe for all of us. Our border regions are part of this pathway. Let our history be a mirror to the future and let’s talk about our Green Deal.

Program 50th AEBR Annual Conference
This year, our focus is to link innovation to tradition and connect history with the future. This is reflected in our program and also in the locations we have chosen. We would like to offer interested parties, such as politicians, students, civil servants working in border and cross-border context to participate in our program either physically or online, as we are still living in strange times (Covid-19). We created a special hybrid program, meaning some parts of the program can only be attended physically, and others will take place only online, and others again are in hybrid mode. You will be able to create your personal and unique program for the conference by registering for the sessions you are interested in. 

Registration with this link will be possible from 21th September 2021. Session participation will be on a first-come first-served basis, as personal attendance space is limited. Alternatively, you can always follow the online program. Please register by 1st October 2021 at the latest. After registering for the sessions you wish to attend, you will be notified if a place in these particular sessions has been reserved for you.




If you are not planning to participate at all in the annual conference, please also let us know.


Wednesday, 20th October 2021
9:00-17:00Cross-Border School, Gelderland Province House

Thursday, 21st October 2021
12:00-13:00 Lunch & Opening 50th AEBR Annual Conference, Industrial Parc Kleefsewaard, Arnhem
13:00-18:00 Talkshows, Keynotes, Workshops, Guided Tours including the presentation of the Sail of Papenburg Award 2021 and much more, Industrial Parc Kleefsewaard


Register for AEBR 50th Conference

Covid-19 guidelines
Your health is very important to us. We strictly follow the current (Dutch) guidelines for containment of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Dutch Covid-19 guidelines can change and thus our program. Please see our event website for the latest program. Be aware that when you are traveling from another EU member state to the Netherlands, that you need to proof (EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC)) that you are either: 

  • fully vaccinated 
    Please be aware that within the European Union only authorized Covid-19 vaccines entitle you to travel. Please consult the website of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for more information.
  • recovered
    Proof that you have recovered from a COVID-19 infection within the last 6 months.
  • negative test-result

If you are traveling from outside the EU to the Netherlands, you are able to attend the annual conference, if your country is listed on the safe countries/regions by the Dutch government. Then you need to proof the above mentioned requirements either being fully vaccinated, recovered or holding a negative test-result (PCR-test). 

Please be aware that you are not allowed to travel to the Netherlands, when you are travelling from another country/region than listed on the safe countries/regions list of the Dutch government. We very much appreciate if you attend our annual conference online, please see our special online program.

Furthermore, we will offer you test-facilities throughout the annual conference. 

If you are joining us in Arnhem, we recommend a stay at the AEBR’s HQ-hotel – Haarhuis Hotel. Send an inquiry to and use the code EVNT001280 to receive a special AEBR price. If you are looking for a more budget hotel, please see Bastion Hotel.

We are very much looking forward to see you in Arnhem in person and/or online, and welcome you to an inspiring and exciting annual conference 2021!






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