The Vice-President of the Lower Normandy Region met the institutional partners from the Decentralised cooperation Lower Normandy/ Macedonia
Ms. Annie Anne, Vice-President of the French Region Lower Normandy, in charge of International Relations, visited Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, from 24 to 27 June 2013, to meet the institutional actors of the Decentralised cooperation which started since 2006.
Ms. Annie Anne, accompanied by Mr. Alexander Follot, Director of European Affairs and International Relations, and Miss Audrey Paulmier in charge of the program for the Region, presented to Macedonian institutions the new guidelines of the programme, planned for the period 2013-2015. The project is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Regional Council of Lower Normandy and the Ministry of Local Self-Government of Macedonia.
The delegation met with Mr. Tahir Hani, newly appointed Minister of Local Self-Government, which confirmed his desire to strengthen institutional ties with the region of Lower Normandy, and to support, through joint actions, local and regional development of Macedonia, contributing to its integration into the European Union process.
During her mission, Ms. Annie Anne was able to discuss with Mr. Fatmir Besimi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Mr. Koce Trajanovski, Skopje Mayor and President of the Association of the units of local self-government of the Republic of Macedonia (ZELS) and Mr. Nikola Popovski, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The delegations exchanged on different topics, important both for the Lower Normandy Region and for Macedonia. The discussed on shared objectives, such as: local development, supporting decentralisation, European integration,democracy and citizen participation.
Ms. Laurence Auer, Ambassador of France in Macedonia, officially received the delegation and reaffirmed the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the program. Ms. Anne also opened the sixth edition of the French Film Festival in Macedonia, organised by the French Institute of Skopje and supported by the Region Lower Normandy.
The Decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia is a rich program with vast diversity of actors and projects that can be networked. It contributes to European framework in both territories, and confirms the major role of local governments in international cooperation.
The Programme for Decentralised cooperation is coordinated by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. For further information please consult the website of the Cooperation programme www.bn-mk.org, or contact Ivana Dimitrovska (firstname.lastname@example.org).