A joint communication for the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions was issued last week.
Titled “Empowering Local Authorities in partner countries for enhanced governance and more effective development outcomes”, the document recognizes the importance of local governments for development, as the institutions that are the closest to the citizens. Unlocking this potential involve the creation of mechanisms for better local governance and political willingness through legal and regulatory instruments.
This renewed support to local governments and their associations opens the door for the inclusion of the territorial approach to development, the support to decentralization processes including the allocation of EU funding to support the growing role, potential, and needs of local authorities and their associations.
The full text of the document can be downloaded at