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Territorial dimension key to ENP success, Committee of the Regions President says citing decentralisation in Ukraine as example

December 1, 2014

The ENP will only be successful by taking the territorial dimension into consideration, President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) Michel Lebrun has said during his meeting with Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and Enlargement Johannes Hahn. During the meeting Lebrun presented the CoRs' ideas on how to increase the commitment and ability of local and regional authorities to serve the goals of the ENP, a press release said.
We need the firm commitment of all stakeholders to strengthen democracy at all levels of governance and to implement on the ground those tools for territorial cooperation which are fundamental for achieving the goals of economic, social and territorial development,” CoR President said.
He further confirmed the Committee’s involvement in the ENP through its two joint assemblies - CORLEAP for the Eastern Countries and ARLEM for the Mediterranean – both of which bring together local and regional representatives from the EU and the ENP countries.
These innovative platforms offer the chance for regional or local authorities from the ENP countries to familiarise themselves with instruments for territorial cooperation such as the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation, cross border cooperation and macro-regional strategies, enabling a more focused, tailored and coordinated regional cooperation within the framework of the ENP,” said Lebrun.
He called on the European Commission to consider extending the Local Administration Facility (LAF) programme to those Eastern partnership countries that have signed an Association Agreement with the EU in order to offer instruments of capacity building which are fundamental to assure the independence of public service, transparency, rule of law.
"There is need to further push reform to enable decentralisation and fight corruption,” Lebrun said, stressing the need to  further develop the existing 'more for more' principle  which states that the faster a country progresses in its internal reforms, the more support it will receive from the EU. An example of this is Ukraine where the CoR and Kyiv are going to work on the decentralisation process through a specific Task Force devoted to the Ukrainian reform, CoR President said.
CORLEAP was established by the Committee of the Regions in 2011 to bring a regional and local dimension into the EU's Eastern Partnership. CORLEAP brings together 36 regional and local elected representatives from the EU and the EU's Eastern Partnership countries, including Ukraine. (EU Neighbourhood Info
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