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PLATFORMA - European platform of local and regional authorities for development


Introduction

There are several thousand partnerships between towns and regions in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere. These partnerships cover several topics: basic services (schools, drinking water, waste...), economic development, democratic participation, improvement in the work of local administrations...

On the global scale, the European Union is the main sponsor of development aid, providing close to 60%. To this end, it has put in place a series of cooperation programmes available primarily to territorial European regions.

That is one of the reasons why CEMR and other community representatives have gathered around a platform - PLATFORMA - in order to coordinate their voices within European institutions, primarily in the drafting of and implementation of European development policy.

PLATFORMA

Since 2008, PLATFORMA has gathered national, European, and international associations of territorial communities, as well as cities and regions in the domain of cooperation and development.
 
Our objectives:
 
  • To put forth a common message within European institutions so that the EU reinforces decentralised cooperation and supports the development of local, democratic institutions in partner countires.
  • To reinforce community participation in development programmes by facilitating their compliance to European funds. To this end, PLATFORMA works with the European Commission on the guidelines of finance programmes ;
  • To facilitate the exchange of experiences between local and regional elected officials, territorial civil servants, and others involved in cooperation and development ;
  • To reinforce interaction with civil society in order to initiate joint action.
 
Since the launch of the network, the secretarial office of PLATFORMA is hosted by the CEMR.

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