Cooperation for better results - stressed in the international conference on development cooperation
On 26 June the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments (LALRG) and PLATFORMA, the European platform of local and regional authorities for development, hosted the conference “Innovative Decentralised Cooperation for the Eastern Partnership” in Riga, Latvia.
Representatives from three Eastern Partnership countries – Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, - reported the results of decentralisation and administrative reforms implemented, as well as revealed the steps to be taken further. The statement has been repeated several times that the basis for successful changes is mutual communication and understanding between both sides - the government and municipalities.
During the conference there was opportunity to exchange on innovative decentralised cooperation activities and funding opportunities in the perspective of the Multiannual Financial Framework post 2020 discussions.
In the conclusion of the conference the Secretary General of the LALRG, Mrs Mudīte Priede, has stressed both the importance of adequate funding and the cooperation: “It is essential to form the dialogue among different partners, as only all together we can achieve more successful cooperation and better results.” The conference brought together representatives of the European Commission, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), local government representatives from the EU Member States and Eastern Partnership countries, as well as representatives of state institutions.
The conference was organised in the framework of PLATFORMA Eastern neighbourhood programme.