Following election as Members of the European Parliament, Luis Valcárcel Siso and Mercedes Bresso left the Presidency of the Committee of the Regions on 26 June 2014. We would like to thank them for their commitment to CORLEAP over the last years.
CORLEAP is now a well-established assembly, a well-respected forum for political debate and an integral part of the governance structure of the Eastern Partnership, representing the so-called "territorial dimension" –the interests and involvement of local and regional authorities in the six partner countries.
Today CORLEAP focuses on supporting the process of decentralization and regionalization in the partner countries and on promoting the "territorialisation" of policies, programmes and projects thus ensuring that they take into consideration the particular needs and concerns of local and regional authorities.
Within the context of the European Neighborhood Policy, our aim is both to highlight the role of local and regional authorities as strategic partners for good governance and successful development outcome, and to bring the EaP cooperation closer to the citizens, therefore producing tangible results in people's daily lives.
Michel Lebrun and Mamuka Abuladze, CORLEAP co-chairs
Political developments in the countries at the EU's borders have a direct impact on the Union's security, stability and prosperity. This was why in December 2008 the European Commission launched the "Eastern Partnership" (EaP) which seeks to foster relationships with six Eastern European and South Caucasus countries namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The EaP policy brings partner countries closer to the EU improving trade economic ties, travel agreements and other relevant policies between the EU and its neighbours to the East.
The Conference of Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership, also known as "CORLEAP", is the political forum of local and regional authorities from the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries. CORLEAP is the only EU platform that offers an opportunity to discuss the contribution by cities and regions in the development of the Eastern Partnership.
CORLEAP consists of 36 regional and local politicians: 18 from the EU's Committee of the Regions and 18 from the six Eastern partner countries. The body is co-chaired by the President of the Committee of the Regions and a representative from the partner countries whom is elected by CORLEAP members each year. The EU is represented by Mr Michel Lebrun, the partner countries are represented by Mr Emin Yeritsyan.
Mr Michel Lebrun
Mr Emin Yeritsyan
CORLEAP aims to: