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A five-member delegation form Fleury-sur-Orne led by Mayor Mark Lesser, visited Karpoš from 5 to 9 July. The delegation was officially received by the Mayor of Karpoš Stevco Jakimovski. Both the mayors expressed the sincere desire for cooperation in various fields such as local economic development, youth, culture and sustainable development.  There was a particular interest in development of local democracy and gender equality as well as women’s representation in public administration. The Mayor of Karpoš had proposed concrete projects of cooperation more particularly among school-age population, then in sport, culture and art.

During the four-day visit of the delegation from Lower Normandy, they had meetings with representatives from all municipality units, with kindergartens and schools in Karpoš. They also had a working meeting with the urban local communities in the municipality of Karpoš. During the meeting with municipal councillors, both sides had the opportunity to exchange information about functioning of local government in France and Macedonia as well as the challenges of decentralisation process in both countries.
The first few days visit has provided a basic introduction to both local administrations. The second phase will be the realisation of concrete projects. The next visit is expected by the end of this year, when representatives from the Municipality of Karpoš are invited to visit Lower Normandy. The possible twinning between both municipalities will be also discussed.
Town twinning as a segment in the Decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia builds up contacts and friendship with communities from the two territories and promotes better understanding. This possible cooperation will be following the dynamic of the direct cooperation between municipalities from Macedonia and from Lower Normandy. Apart from Fleury and Karpoš, the 7 municipalities from Macedonia also cooperate with municipalities from Lower Normandy.
The Programme for Decentralised cooperation is coordinated by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA). For further information please contact Ivana Dimitrovska


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