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AC - Eastern Partnership deliverables for 2020: The contribution of local and regional authorities

Opinion Number: CDR 5903/2017
Rapporteur: HERBST Sören
Group: Not Affiliated
Commission: CIVEX
Status: Adopted
Date: 04/07/2018
look into how the CoR could contribute to the implementation of the "20 Deliverables for 2020" document, in accordance with the commitment expressed in the CoR Resolution on Recommendations to the Heads of State or Government gathering for the 5th EaP summit;

take a position with respect to the reviewed strategic framework and institutional architecture of the Eastern Partnership endorsed at the Summit, including the role of LRAs in shaping the future of the Eastern Partnership;

achieve a general acknowledgement of the contribution and role of LRAs in reaching policy objectives, which is vital in building a strong case for further pursuing decentralisation reforms, and in support of the sustained empowerment of LRAs and targeted resource allocation.

 points out that local and regional authorities have a decisive role to play in the successful implementation of the 20 deliverables for 2020;

 considers it particularly important to promote exchanges between EU local and regional authorities and those in the EaP countries in the form of urban and regional partnerships, as well as between individual authorities within the EaP countries themselves;

 calls for a job-shadowing programme for administrative staff to be set up at local and regional authority level, in order to improve the dissemination of European standards in administrative practice;

 reiterates that social entrepreneurship should be promoted, as it improves economic development at local and regional level and creates new jobs;

 considers it important for the Conference of Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) not to be restricted to providing an exchange platform, but to concretely support territorial cooperation through activities ranging from effective matchmaking to providing visibility to concrete projects;

 is committed to delivering on and measuring up to the regard CORLEAP is held in by its partners by showcasing the success and potential of territorial cooperation and by increasing the understanding and visibility of the benefits of EaP policy for citizens.



Ukraine Task Force Meeting

The launch event of the Peer to Peer initiative took place on 8th March 2018 in Brussels, in the framework of the 4th meeting of CoR – Ukraine Task Force.Shyroke in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast in eastern Ukraine teamed up with Barleben from Saxony-Anhalt in Germany. This was facilitated by the rapporteur, who payed a follow-up visit to Shyroke on 5 April 2018.

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