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For over 20 years, the EASTR organizes annual meetings, "STRs European Days" or "Euro-Mediterranean Observatory of public territorial action" which have gathered about 3000 State territorial representatives - prefects, governors, Regierungspräsident , voïvodes or commissioners in 40 different European cities, through 20 countries. The European Days focus on the exchange of experience and professional best practices. The Observatory for its part seeks to promote better coordination of public and private actors for the development of territories.

Presentation & Activities

The objective behind the European Association of State Territorial representatives is to allow exchange of professional experiences between State Territorial Representatives from European countries (whether belonging or not to the E.U). The European Days help to multiply the contacts between them, to facilitate a better mutual knowledge of the territorial public administration and the implementation of public policies on the territory.

The Association offers an exceptional frame (and the only one at this level) for high-ranking public officials to meet, exchange ideas and work together, since their functions usually keep them inside their national boundaries.

For this reason, the EASTR intends to contribute to the information and permanent training of these high-ranking officials, by giving them deeper knowledge of each other’s administrative cultures, through public officials responsible for national authorities in the internal affairs field.

The EASTR contributes to circulate better practices from the community law point of view.

Another aim is to encourage the exchange of information and experience among member countries’ national representatives, so that European policies and regulations are better applied within their state boundaries.

Exchanges of civil servants between countries are made possible thanks to the direct contacts built up during the meetings by the territorial representatives, as well as cooperations, twinnings, etc....


26  years of existence.

Launched as an experiment in 1993, the Days have met with such success that they have been organised year after year since.

1994 – 7-8 July : 1st EUROPEAN DAYS : «The Role of State Territorial Representatives in Europe» - Rome - Italy,

1995 –10 March - Liaison Committee - Coimbra - Portugal

29-30 June - IInd EUROPEAN DAYS - «State Territorial Representatives and local authorities» - Rome Italy

10 November 1995 - Liaison Committee - Brussels - Belgium

1996 – 15 April - Liaison Committe - Madrid - Spain

4-5 July - IIIrd EUROPEAN DAYS : «Territorial Representatives faced with the necessary adaptation of the State» -Paris - France,

2 December - Liaison Committee - Helsinki - Finland

1997 – 28 April - Liaison Committee - Wiesbaden - Germany

26 - 27 June - IVth EUROPEAN DAYS : «Administration at intermediate levels : the challenge of proximity» - Rome - Italy ,

20 October - Liaison Committee - Brussels - Belgium

1998 – 27 April - Liaison Committee - Stavanger - Norway

2-3 July - Vth EUROPEAN DAYS : «The State Territorial Representative facing crisis»  - Lugo – Spain

26 October - Liaison Committee - Munich - Germany

1999 – 12 A1pril - Liaison Committee - Wroclaw - Poland

17-18 June - VIth EUROPEAN DAYS : «Territorial representatives and local elected authorities» - Oulu - Finland

18 October - Liaison Committee - Manchester - Great Britain

2000 – 27 March - Liaison Committee - Uppsala - Sweden

29-30 June : VIIth EUROPEAN DAYS : «The State Territorial Representative and Europe" - Strasbourg - France

30 October - Liaison Committee - Gent - Belgium

2001 – 26 March - Liaison Committee - Coïmbra - Portugal

5-6 July -  VIIIth EUROPEAN DAYS « The State Territorial Representative,  between Europe and territorial communities » - Rome – Italy :

22 October - Liaison Committee - Freiburg im Breigsau - Germany

2002 – 8 April - Liaison Committee - Toledo - Spain

27-28 June -   IXth EUROPEAN DAYS : « The State Territorial Representative and security in periods of crisis » - Oslo –Norway

21 October  - Liaison Committee - Paris - France

2003 – 7 April - Liaison Committee - Kiruna - Sweden

3-4 July : Xth EUROPEAN DAYS : « Role of the State territorial representative in Europe » - Wroclaw - Poland

27 October - Liaison Committee - Luxembourg

2004 – 16 February - Liaison Committee -Malaga - Spain

1-3 July - XIth EUROPEAN DAYS : « STR’s role in civil crisis management » - Munich - Germany

29 0ctober - Liaison Committee - Genoa - Italy

2005 - 8 April - Liaison Committee - Middelburg - The Netherlands

7-9 July - XIIth EUROPEAN DAYS : “Role of the STR in the field of social cohesion”  Birmingham – Great Britain

24 October 2005 - Liaison Committee - Kiev and Lougansk - Ukraine

2006 – 7 April - Liaison Committee - Lausanne - Switzerland

5-8 July - XIIInth EUROPEAN DAYS :  “The STR in the management of rural space” - Paris - France

october - Liaison Committee - Brussels - Belgium

2007 – 23 March - Liaison Committee - Paphos - Cyprus

4-7 July - XIVth EUROPEAN DAYS  : “Security, citizen and the  STR”  - Castile and Leon - Spain

2008 – 
I - 29 to 31 May, XVth EUROPEAN DAYS : “Role of the STR in the European integration” - Venice - Italy

II - 23 to 25 October, inX : 1st session of the European Observatory of State Territorial Action - Paris and Dijon - France

I - 7 to 9 May - XVIth European Days : "The STR and water management" - Stockholm - Sweden

II - 22 to 24 October -  -  2nd European Observatory of State territorial Action "The STR and the regional fact" Leuwen -Belgium

2010 -30 september - 2 October - XVIIth European Days  : "The STR facing the economic and financial crisis :   assessment and lessons" - Lausanne - Switzerland

I -19 to 21 May  XVIIIth European Days - "The STR in the relations between central power and regions with a measure of autonomy" - Butapest and Lake Balaton - Hungary

II - 27-29 October - IIIrd Euro Mediterranean Observatory of State Territorial Action  : "Sustainable urban development" - Marrakesh - Morocco

2012 - 15 to 17 March :  XIXth European Days : "The STR facing the metropolitan fact" - Paris - France

28 September - Steering Committee - Bologna - Italy

2013 - 6 to 8 June - XXth European Days :  "Between development and environment what regulation for the STR ?" Bergen -Norway

2014 - 24 January - Steering Committee - Rome - Italy

12 to 14 June XXIst European Days : "Security and energy : role of the STR towards the citizens" - Liège - Belgium

21 November - Steering Committee - Paris - France

2015 -28 to 30 May - XXIInd European Days : "Profession STR" - Istanbul - Turkey

30 October - Steering Committee - Montreux - Switzerland

21-22-23 april 2016  XXIIIrd European Days "STR and innovation in 's-Hertogenbosch & Maastricht, The Netherlands

18-19 November 2016- Steering committee- Board Meeting in Antwerpen, Belgium

15-16-17 June 2017- XXIVth European Days-" The STR facing threats to security" in Oulu, Finland

31st May 1-2 June 2018 XXVth European Days in Lyon, France- "The STRs role on public involvement  of the infrastructures or sensitive events"

13-14-15 June 2019 XXVIth European Days in Louvain, Flemish Brabant Belgium “Smart region: What possibilities for STRs to promote the use of Big Data and means of digitalization? Development of their own role in this context?”


Growing Europeanization.

From the first Days, as can be seen from the programme and list of participants, the event took on a truly European character, due as much to the number and diversity of countries represented as to the European Commission’s participation.

The Franco-Italian origins of the whole idea have not at any time lessened the European character of the event.

Right from the start, the number of countries represented has continued to increase and the delegation sizes have grown in proportion to the population sizes of states represented (apart from the host country, which is traditionally and understandably over-represented).
The European character is further illustrated by the systematic inclusion, in the Day’s programme, of a theme concerning the life of the European Union and by the fact that a European Commission representative regularly takes part in Liaison Committee meetings. In addition, during the actual Days, one or two people from the Commission, at directorial level, have always been invited to speak.

Lastly, the General Secretariat, based in Paris, operates at the service of all participating countries.

A European Association.

During the first years, the Days were organised from one session to the next, with the success of the last session pushing towards organisation of the next one. The «European Days for State Territorial Representatives» are now not just an interesting idea but also a unique opportunity for contacts and exchanges : such is in the opinion of national representatives, who have participated in some sessions, and also of representatives from the European Commission (who have expressed this publicly more than once).

This is why it has been decided by the member countries that these Days will be given a structure that will be more stable and also more equitable. The member countries pay a national annual contribution, unique set price (allowing an undetermined number of participants) of 4 500 euros. Federal status countries such as Germany or Switzerland pay an annual contribution of 2 000 euros (per member Land or Canton)

Eventually, the « European association of State territorial representatives –EASTR » has been created in 2000, in order to give a juridical basis to the European days. The Association is based in Brussels.

Member countries


For about 20 years now, the “Days” have assembled territorial representatives from more than twenty European States. 

The «Days» bring together public officials whose function is to represent their Government and see that laws are applied in an area of their country’s territory, even though they may not all have the same power invested in them : some may represent a central State (e.g. Italy), others a decentralised State
(as is the case with Germany, for instance, where they represent a Land). Central administration executives also participate to the European Days, as well as experts.

The Board of Directors brings together prefects, governors, regierungspräsidenten, regional directors of government offices, district commissioners, Queen’s commissioners, civil governors from the following countries :

Great Britain
Russian Federaration

Some of them are already grouped together in national associations :  this is the case for Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Romania and Sweden and Turkey.

Euro-Mediterranean countries also join in our debates : Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia.

The “Euro-mediterranean Observatory of State territorial action”, more recently created, organised with the support of OECD, has a vocation to welcome delegations from all European countries, whether they have or not State territorial representatives.

Ruling Organs - 01- 06 -2018


President: Mr Lodewijk DE WITTE, Governor, Province of Vlaams Brabant, Flanders - Belgium

Vice-president: Mr or Mrs X... University of Matej Bel of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Treasurer: Mr Denis MATHEN, Governor, province of Namur - Belgium

Secretary: Mr Ignazio PORTELLI, Prefect – Italy

EASTR Secretary General : Mr Pierre-Etienne BISCH


Members of the Board :

ACPHFMI (Association du Corps Préfectoral et des Hauts Fonctionnaires du Ministère de l’Intérieur) – France, represented by, Mr Michel CADOT, Regional Prefect of Ile-de-France, ACP's president

ANFACI (Associazione Nazionale dei Funzionari dell’Amministrazione dell’Interno) – Italy, represented by its Secretary general, Mr Ignazio PORTELLI, prefect

TID (Association of Turkish governors) – Turkey, represented by its president, Mr Saffet Arikan BEDÜK, governor

Romanian Association of prefects and sub prefects – Romania, represented by its president, Mr Lucian Eduard SIMION

Mr Lodewijk DE WITTE, Governor, Province of Vlaams Brabant, Flanders – Belgium

Mr Wim van de DONK, King’s Commissioner, Province of Noord Brabant – The Netherlands

Mrs Anneli HULTHEN, Governor, county of Skane– Sweden

Mr Roland BERDOZ, Prefect of  Riviera district Pays d’Enhaut– State of Vaud – Switzerland

Mrs Brigitte LINDSCHIEID, Regierungspräsidentin of Darmstadt – Land of Hessen – Germany

Mr Denis MATHEN, Governor, province of Namur - Belgium

Mrs Elisabeth Vik ASPAKER, Governor, County of Troms - Norway

Mrs Terttu SAVOLAINEN- Director, Regional administrative Agency for Northern Finland – Finland

Mr Tamas SZEPESSY, Deputy Secretary of State for Operation of Territorial Public Administration – Hungary

Mr Janusz ZALESKI, Professor, Regional development Agency of Wroclaw – Poland



Associated members

CHEMI - Centre des Hautes études du ministère de l'Intérieur - France

ENA – National School of Administration, Department of European affairs - France

IDHEAP - Institut de Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique  – Switzerland

NKE - National Public Service University - Hungary

UMB SK - University of Matej Bel - Slovakia


Members of honour

Mrs Tora AASLAND – Norway

Mr Thierry AUMONIER - EASTR managing director 1994-2015

Mr Herman BALTHAZAR – Belgium

Mrs Solange CARMONA - EASTR secretary general 1994-2015


Mr Michel FORET - Belgium

Mrs Ann-Cathrine HAGLUND – Sweden

Mr Sven LINDGREN - Sweden

M. Kari MARKLUND – Sweden

M. Carlo MOSCA- Italy

Mrs Véronique PAULUS DE CHATELET - Belgium

Mr Hans J. ROSJORDE - Norway

Mrs Pierrette ROULET-GRIN - Switzerland

Mr Charles RICQ- Switzerland

Mr. Eino SIURUAINEN- Finland