First CORLEAP in Armenia | EUNewsletter

First CORLEAP in Armenia

22 September 2015
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Armenia hosted the first meeting of the conference for regional and local authorities of the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) on 18 September 2015. Local and regional representatives from the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries, which form the bureau of CORLEAP, came to Yerevan to take part in the events. The members approved an action plan for 2016-2017 and reaffirmed their commitment to pursue common goals.
CORLEAP was established by the committee of the regions (CoR) in 2011 to bring a regional and local dimension to the EU’s Eastern Partnership. CORLEAP brings together 36 regional and local politicians – including 18 from the CoR representing the EU and 18 from Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).
The Eastern Partnership Summit of Heads of State and Government in Riga in May recognised the work of CORLEAP in promoting cooperation at the regional and municipal level of government, and called for the European Commission to ensure appropriate, targeted support to local and regional authorities in the Eastern Partnership. The CORLEAP action plan for 2016-2017, approved by the bureau members in Yerevan, defines priorities for further actions regarding decentralisation, capacity building and funding opportunities for local and regional authorities in Eastern Partnership countries.
ARS_3164During the press conference in Yerevan, CORLEAP co-chair, President of the Committee of the Regions, Markku Markkula, gave a regional overview: ‘Many factors contribute to an improved business environment, and to cross-border and territorial cooperation in the region. The Riga Summit was the starting point for further developing comprehensive cooperation with EU in all areas of mutual interest. Member states endorsed our requests for new financial means to be used for territorial development and capacity building at the local level. We also support a customised, tailor-made approach that should be adopted by the EU in relation to expectations, possibilities and tasks for any specific partner country, including Armenia’.
Emin Yeritsyan, the Co-chair representing the Eastern Partnership countries, outlined areas of reform: ‘Our continued focus will be on decentralisation and public administration reform, while providing a forum for exchange of best practices in different fields. The ongoing territorial administration reform in Armenia can serve as a good example to other partner countries. We also aim to facilitate our local and regional authorities’ access to EU funding and provide advice on effective and sound public financial management’.

First CORLEAP in Armenia

Armenia hosted the first meeting of the conference for regional and local authorities of the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) on 18 September 2015. Local and regional representatives from the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries, which form the bureau of CORLEAP, came to Yerevan to take part in the events. The members approved an action plan for 2016-2017 and reaffirmed their commitment to pursue common goals. CORLEAP was established by the committee of the regions (CoR) in 2011 to bring a regional and local dimension to the EU's Eastern Partnership. CORLEAP brings together 36 regional and local politicians – including 18 from the CoR representing the EU and 18 from Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). The Eastern Partnership Summit of Heads of State and Government in Riga in May recognised the work of CORLEAP in promoting cooperation at the regional and municipal level of government, and called for the European Commission to ensure appropriate, targeted support to local and regional authorities in the Eastern Partnership. The CORLEAP action plan for 2016-2017, approved by the bureau members in Yerevan, defines priorities for further actions regarding decentralisation, capacity building and funding opportunities for local and regional authorities in Eastern Partnership countries. ARS_3164During the press conference in Yerevan, CORLEAP co-chair, President of the Committee of the Regions, Markku Markkula, gave a regional overview: ‘Many factors contribute to an improved business environment, and to cross-border and territorial cooperation in the region. The Riga Summit was the starting point for further developing comprehensive cooperation with EU in all areas of mutual interest. Member states endorsed our requests for new financial means to be used for territorial development and capacity building at the local level. We also support a customised, tailor-made approach that should be adopted by the EU in relation to expectations, possibilities and tasks for any specific partner country, including Armenia’. Emin Yeritsyan, the Co-chair representing the Eastern Partnership countries, outlined areas of reform: ‘Our continued focus will be on decentralisation and public administration reform, while providing a forum for exchange of best practices in different fields. The ongoing territorial administration reform in Armenia can serve as a good example to other partner countries. We also aim to facilitate our local and regional authorities' access to EU funding and provide advice on effective and sound public financial management’.