Working in the field of development cooperation and neighbourhood, the objectives of this Working Group are:

1. Policy and Advocacy – To profile, advocate for and secure the added value of decentralised cooperation in the EU and international agendas, by means of a specific voice for regional authorities and a structured message.

2. Innovative processes towards empowering regional and local governments – To encourage and strengthen new decentralised cooperation processes and partnerships of particular added value, innovation and effectiveness for more effective development outcomes. This shall include facilitating the exchange of concrete actions between local and regional authorities and their partners; as well as the participation in calls for proposals, funding opportunities and initiatives from the EU and other relevant actors.

3. Complementarity and Synergy – To promote and complement the impact of the CPMR External Cooperation Working Group and the individual work of its members, as well as the mainstream of a cooperation axis into other CPMR working groups and geographical commissions, if, and as, appropriate.

4. Accountability and effectiveness: Monitor and assess the effectiveness and impact of decentralised cooperation vis-à-vis the EU and international agendas, as well as of the actions and deliverables of the Working Group.

Lead Region


Javier Sánchez Cano
General Directorate for Development Cooperation



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Executive Director EU Programmes, Partnerships and Geographical Commissions

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Project and Policy Officer

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