DECENTRALISED COOPERATION BETWEEN LOWER NORMANDY AND MACEDONIA: PARTNERS HAVE SET THE OBJECTIVES FOR THE NEXT STEP
The final Steering Committee of the Lower Normandy and Macedonia programme was held from 19th to 22nd September 2012 in Port-en-Bessin in the region of Lower Normandy. As a coordinator of the cooperation for five years, ALDA reaffirmed its active contribution by organising the event and by facilitating its interactive sessions.
Mrs Biljana Zasova, Project Co-ordinator, and Mr Marco Boaria, Resource and Development Unit Co-ordinator, faciliated interactive sessions and led discussions with the stakeholders. Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Director, attended the sessions and provided new directions of thinking. She also held several meetings with stakeholders in the Region.
Ms Annie Anne, Regional Councillor, recently appointed Vice-President in charge of International Policy and Mr Rijat Azemi, representative from the Macedonian Ministry of Local-Self Government as well as Mr Pascal Gallet, Cooperation Attaché at the French Embassy in Skopje and representative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed their active political support for the forthcoming years. Mr Alexandre Follot, Director of European Affairs and International Relations Department, Ms Sabine Guichet-Lebailly, Head of International cooperation and Mobility Service contributed to help the stakeholders define strategies for the future course of the programme.
For three days, the project partners worked hard in order to set the objectives for the next phase of the programme and to identify the obstacles and problems. They discussed about the transition towards the new three-year programme as well. The partners presented the activities of the previous year, described the difficulties they faced throughout the year and formulated action plans for the further development of their specific activities.
All stakeholders jointly agreed that the exchanges of opinions and practices will further remain the focal point of the project. The principles of reciprocity, balance and solidarity will be applied in each activity so that positive results can be achieved. The stakeholders will have recourse to the method of territorial approach for development so as to fulfil the overall objectives of the programme.
Throughout the working days, the essential objectives emerged, such as to strive for transversal activities, to reinforce the institutional cooperation, to improve the programme visibility and to act in favour of rapprochement of the activities of the components with those of the towns.
In the end, the partners expressed their appreciation for the joint work and the efforts made to conceive the activities and to pave the way for successful achievement of the pursued objectives.