Strengthening resilience is the overarching policy framework of the Eastern Partnership (EaP).
Against this backdrop, workshop participants will be invited to share good practice and innovative perspectives, looking at ways to use territorial and parliamentary cooperation to overcome some of the challenges to reinforcing resilience, which must be addressed at multiple levels – state, society and community.
There are various policy fields in which local and regional authorities play a significant role and could thus benefit from EU support, such as unleashing the economic potential of rural areas, sustainable urban development, modernisation of medical facilities, e-health, eco-innovation, e-governance and business cooperation across borders.
Among its recommendations adopted with a view to the EaP Leaders meeting on 18 June, CORLEAP called for a strategic approach to strengthen regional and local initiatives that would have a positive effect on the implementation of democratisation and reform processes, strengthen the economic power of the regions and municipalities in the Eastern partnership countries, creating new development prospects for the citizens living there and consolidating the basis on which resilience can take root and grow at community level.
The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly adopted five resolutions at its 8th Ordinary Session, held on 8-10 December 2019 in Tbilisi, one of which touched upon parliamentary oversight as a tool to strengthen the democracy, accountability and effectiveness of state institutions in the Eastern Partnership countries. In the Euronest Bureau's Message to the Leaders of the Eastern Partnership on 18 June 2020, it underlined the importance of enhancing intra-regional cooperation, particularly through joint transport and connectivity projects.
The workshop is co-organised by the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP).
Interpretation will be provided from/into English and Russian.
Andrius Kubilius, Co-President of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament, Belgium.
Tatiana Badan, President, Congress of Local Authorities of Moldova, Moldova.
Gunn Marit Helgesen, Vice-President, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, France.
Lawrence Meredith, Director for Neighbourhood East, DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission, Belgium.
Kataryna Wolczuk, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, POLSIS/School of Government, Birmingham University, United Kingdom.
Cohesion and Cooperation
European Committee of the Regions - CIVEX Commission, European Parliament
English (EN), other