SERN is the main transnational network in Europe fostering relations in a multilvel perspective between Northern and Southern Europe and in particular between Sweden and Italy.

Working together since 2005

SERN is the result of a long-term process of cooperation and exchange between Italian and Swedish actors. The idea of strengthening the relations between the two areas was launched by AICCRE Emilia-Romagna and pool of Italian municipalities in the summer of 2002 and took shape in the following spring with the organization of the conference Town Twinning Sweden Emilia-Romagna, supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Town Twinning programme.

Identity and Values

We are a network that links Northern and Southern Europe. Our members are mainly public bodies and private nonprofit organizations. We are a multilevel network where different levels of government interact and collaborate. We share interest in many sectors, and a willingness of working for an inclusive society and innovative models of growth. As a result of the commitment and work of so many people , we share a successful story. SERN actually represents a unique example of North-South cooperation in Europe. We operate following our long term values:
– Cooperation
– Common belonging to EU
– Democracy and equal opportunities
– Responsibility
– Trust
– Social Inclusion


SERN contributes to building a Europe of citizens and to make the European Union an area of peace, sustainable development, democracy and participation, solidarity and social inclusion. This contribution, however small, is furthermore important as Europe is one of the leading areas of the world.
SERN wants to increase the quality of life and the opportunities for the citizens in the municipalities and regions belonging to the network.


Our mission is to promote and support the network members in developing long-term relations and partnerships. To create mutual knowledge, to foster active citizenship and cultural enrichment and to achieve economic and social development. These activities aims to increase the quality of life and the opportunities for the citizens.

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