Institutional capacity building – principal component for the future of the cooperation
The intermediary steering committee in Caen, Lower Normandy Region (France) – 11 April, 2013 and Skopje (Macedonia)- 16 April, 2013
The Decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia is preparing to start its third phase. On this occasion the French and Macedonian partners gathered to make a progress report, on the actions taken during the period October 2012-April 2013. They also exchanged on the future of cooperation for the next period 2013-2016.
The intermediary steering committee for the Lower Normandy partners took place in Caen, April 11, 2013. An important point was made on the current political situation in Macedonia following the 2013 municipal elections. Political changes in Macedonia will not have a significant influence on the cooperation. The same matter was also discussed at the steering committee in Skopje on 16 April 2013. The cooperation between the Lower Normandy and Macedonian local authorities will continue to progress and strengthen relations. The international cooperation remains one of the priorities of the newly elected representatives.
During the meetings the partners analysed the actions in progress and the agenda for this year. In Caen, as in Skopje, each partner had the opportunity to discuss their activities, the obtained results and encountered difficulties. The implementation of the activities is on-going and the cooperation between partners continues.
The new 2013-2016 three-year program will proceed in cooperation with local authorities from both territories. The activities in the future will continue to strengthen institutional cooperation, exchanges and youth mobility between the two territories. The project addresses the issue local governance. The municipalities remain as one of the primary goals of the cooperation, with increased presence by the local government. To enable the development of cooperation, the axes may be redefined to encourage horizontal cooperation and promote the territorial approach.
Both steering committees designated strong common will to continue and strengthen the cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia, and uphold their activities in order to respond and meet the needs of citizens from both territories.