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Partnership through cross-border cooperation

5 November 2013

An Eastern Partnership conference on regional cooperation was held on 11 October 2013 in Stepanavan, Lori marz. The conference, called “Advancing territorial cooperation in Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia-Georgia”, was organised by the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Support Programme (EaPTC), which is funded by the European Union.
The conference was attended by European experts and representatives of regional and local authorities, including the Governor of Lori marz, Arthur Nalbandyan, the First Deputy Minister for Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Tengiz Shergelashvili, and others.
‘The EU wants to promote cross-border relations between Eastern Partnership countries, including Armenia and Georgia. In the programme on the Armenian side, the regions of Shirak, Lori and Tavush are included; on the Georgian side, Kvemokartli and Samtskhe Javakheti. It is very important to note that this is not merely cooperation on the international level, but cooperation on the region-to-region level,’ said Alexei Sekarev, EaPTC Team Leader.
The objective of the conference was to inform the wider public, as well as Armenian and Georgian public and civil society organisations, about the opportunities and advantages of participating in the programme. The conference also provided them with a platform for open discussions on the priorities and prospects of territorial cooperation at the local level, taking into consideration the specific needs of the participating border regions.
The programme will officially be launched in late 2013, after which grants will be announced. Both governmental and non-governmental organisations from Armenia and Georgia will submit proposals for regional cooperation programmes.

The EU is using EaPTC to promote cross-border relations between regional and local state authorities, communities and civil society organisations to develop joint solutions to common social and economic development challenges.

Nalbandyan stated that the priorities of Lori marz coincided with the EU: ‘Under the supervision and support of the Armenian Government we have already scheduled a development plan until 2017. The issues and problems included in this plan, which are vital for the development of our region, are widely in line with the Eastern Partnership regional development plans; this is encouraging.’

Partnership through cross-border cooperation

An Eastern Partnership conference on regional cooperation was held on 11 October 2013 in Stepanavan, Lori marz. The conference, called “Advancing territorial cooperation in Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia-Georgia”, was organised by the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Support Programme (EaPTC), which is funded by the European Union. The conference was attended by European experts and representatives of regional and local authorities, including the Governor of Lori marz, Arthur Nalbandyan, the First Deputy Minister for Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Tengiz Shergelashvili, and others. ‘The EU wants to promote cross-border relations between Eastern Partnership countries, including Armenia and Georgia. In the programme on the Armenian side, the regions of Shirak, Lori and Tavush are included; on the Georgian side, Kvemokartli and Samtskhe Javakheti. It is very important to note that this is not merely cooperation on the international level, but cooperation on the region-to-region level,’ said Alexei Sekarev, EaPTC Team Leader. The objective of the conference was to inform the wider public, as well as Armenian and Georgian public and civil society organisations, about the opportunities and advantages of participating in the programme. The conference also provided them with a platform for open discussions on the priorities and prospects of territorial cooperation at the local level, taking into consideration the specific needs of the participating border regions. The programme will officially be launched in late 2013, after which grants will be announced. Both governmental and non-governmental organisations from Armenia and Georgia will submit proposals for regional cooperation programmes. The EU is using EaPTC to promote cross-border relations between regional and local state authorities, communities and civil society organisations to develop joint solutions to common social and economic development challenges. Nalbandyan stated that the priorities of Lori marz coincided with the EU: ‘Under the supervision and support of the Armenian Government we have already scheduled a development plan until 2017. The issues and problems included in this plan, which are vital for the development of our region, are widely in line with the Eastern Partnership regional development plans; this is encouraging.’