Chisinau, Moldova – 17 September 2012

      Congress members contribute to CORLEAP action plan with support from EU Commissioner Georgieva

      Chisinau, Moldova 17 September 2012 - A final declaration unanimously adopted by the 16 members of the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the 16 representatives of the associations of local and regional authorities of the six EAP-partner countries - many of them members of the Congress - paved the way for a deepened political dialogue and for the concrete activities to be undertaken in the coming year, until the next ministerial meeting in Lithuania in November 2013. Congress SG Andreas Kiefer referred to the joint initiative with the CoR in the fight against corruption and invited donors to support this project.

      EU-Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, voiced the Commission's support for CORLEAP as an indispensable forum of exchange to improve democratic governance. CORLEAP (the Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities for the Eastern Partnership, comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova, and featuring several Congress members including Grigore Policinschi (Moldova, R, SOC)) also considered issues regarding the reform of local and regional public administration and the development of local democracy. Andreas Kiefer welcomed the work carried out so far by the Eastern partnership and signalled the Congress’s wish to support the move to the operational phase of the project, to include initiatives and targeted projects for strengthening good governance within local and regional administrations, and increased citizen participation in political issues. He also took the opportunity to thank Deputy Moldovan Prime Minister Mihai Moldovanu for the positive response given to the Congress’s recent monitoring report on Moldova. “The Congress’s monitoring is a constructive contribution to further developing local and regional democracy and the capacities of political and administrative actors,” said Mr Moldovanu, adding that he saw the Congress as an important ally in this field, and that its work could be used as the basis for developing future intergovernmental action plans.