During the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit held in Brussels on 24 November 2017, 20 deliverables for 2020 were adopted as part of the declaration, which also highlights local and regional authorities as active promoters of the Partnership’s objectives through their participation in the Conference of Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP).
The main aim of these deliverables is to strengthen the economy, governance, connectivity and the society to these countries. The draft opinion focuses on strengthening institutions and good governance, boosting mobility and people-to-people contacts, economic development and market opportunities as well as some cross-cutting deliverables, which should be understood against the background of local government and decentralisation reform. The rapporteur therefore underlines that new democratic forces and leaders should be supported through targeted measures. Indeed, local and regional authorities operate in many of the abovementioned areas and CoR therefore considers it particularly important to promote exchanges between EU local and regional authorities and those in the EaP countries in the form of urban and regional partnerships, as well as between individual authorities within the EaP countries themselves.