A space for the exchange of co-development practices promoting migrants as citizens and actors of      development here and there.

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The European Commission adopted on May 15th a Communication entitled "Empowering Local Authorities in partner countries for enhanced governance and more effective development outcomes". It is intended for the European Parliament, the Council, the European economic and social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

This communication is part of the EC's approach that seeks to promote local authorities as a new dimension of development policies. A first Communication published in 2008 thus supported the importance of the direct experience local authorities have in territorial development and decentralisation. According to the EC, this expertise has to be used in development policies and processes as complementary to the actions of other stakeholders and bilateral and multilateral donors. Currently, the general framework of EU policies in the field of external migration, in addition to the EU's foreign policy and development cooperation, is based on the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility adopted in 2011. It aims at strenghtening the dialogue et cooperation with partner third countries, at taking into account the economic and demographic evolutions that the EU is faced with and at placing migrants at the heart of the priorities.
Furthermore, a new program, "Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities", has been presented by the EC and will be put into effect from 2014 to 2020. It will attempt to further support local authorites and the possible synergies that can be made between them and civil society organisations. This program was presented at the Eunomad seminar in Brussels by Mr. Antonio Marquez Camacho, Head of sector "Local authorities, decentralisation and local governance" of the DG DEVCO.

In this last Communication of May 15th, the Commission re-affirms the valuable role played by local authorities in development policies and processes and supports the importance for greater autonomy in order for them to be more efficient and more dynamic. Download the Communication

Eunomad defends this vision that local authorities are key actors in development and cooperation. They can thus be part of country platforms, such as is the case with the General Council of Essonne (France), for instance. Moreover, the last Eunomad European seminar in Brussels clearly expressed this approach: one of the objective was to examine the actions and best practices of local authorities and a great number of their representants intervened (City of Milan, Municipality of Bologna, the CLIP network and the City of Brussels).

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