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Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) Launched

18.09.2015

The Conference of Regional and Local Authorities for the EU’s Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) launched on September 18, by the initiative of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations. The opening ceremony was attended by the RA Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and the RA TAES First Deputy Minister Vache Terteryan.

CORLEAP is the only EU platform, that offers an opportunity to discuss the contribution by cities and regions in the development of the Eastern Partnership. The Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership, also known as “CORLEAP”, is the political forum of local and regional authorities from the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries. CORLEAP consists of 36 regional and local politicians, 18 from the EU’s Committee of the Regions and 18 from the six Eastern partner countries. CORLEAP holds Bureau meetings, annual meetings and conferences.

Armenia is represented in CORLEAP by Emin Yeritsyan, Member of Municipal Council of Paraqar, President of the “Union of Communities of Armenia”, A. Santrosyan, Mayor of Dilijan and A. Hayrapetyan, Mayor of Kapan.

Currently, Armenia is a co-chair country in CORLEAP, represented by Emin Yeritsyan, the co-chair representing Eastern Partnership countries, and the EU is represented by the President of the Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula.

The conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the EU’s Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) participants were greeted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian. In his remarks, the Minister stressed the importance of cooperation between Armenia and the EU, and the role of the Eastern Partnership conference of local and regional authorities at the local level, issues of further expansion of democracy, regional development, implementation of decentralization policies.

In his speech, CORLEAP Co-chair Markku Markkula highly appreciated the activities implemented towards regional development, decentralization, and sharing best practices in different fields. Markku Markkula also referred to the cooperation with the Republic of Armenia and stated, that projects of cooperation in many spheres of territorial administration already exist and considerable success has been recorded.

Emin Yeritsyan, the Armenian co-chair representing Eastern Partnership countries, expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations of the RA for active support in the organizing and conducting the conference. Emin Yeritsyan affirmed the important role of the conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the EU’s Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP), in implementation of public administration and local reforms in the Eastern Partnership countries.

Welcoming the holding of the conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the EU’s Eastern Partnership in Armenia, First Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations Vache Terteryan, stated, that a number of projects have jointly been implemented with the EU in the field of territorial administration and, there is a strong and long-standing cooperation with EU. Deputy Minister noted, that the Conference is an important platform for cooperation with the EU, which will contribute to the strengthening of local democracy, decentralization, territorial development policy formulation and implementation, and it should act as a communication channel between local and regional authorities in the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries, with the aim of engaging more local and regional authorities, enhancing dialogue between them and fostering democracy.

According to TAES First Deputy Minister Vache Terteryan, the co-presidency of the President of the Committee of the Regions Markku Markkula at the conference, once again proves the importance of the Eastern Partnership conference of regional and local authorities for the EU. Vache Terteryan noted, that in the frames of the cooperation with EU numerous projects in the field of territorial administration have been implemented, many of which are still in progress. “The Government of the Republic of Armenia welcomes CORLEAP Conference and continues to provide broad support to its work. The Government co-finances a number of the EU projects related to community development”,- added the Deputy Minister.

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