The Steering Committee Meeting of the Fourth Armenian-French Decentralized Cooperation forum was held
On September 15 steering committee meeting of the fourth Armenian-French Decentralized Cooperation forum was held.
The online working meeting was attended by the representatives of the Armenian Embassy in France, Cités Unies France (CUF), Union of Communities of Armenia, by French and Armenian local authorities and partners.
The fourth Armenian-French Decentralized Cooperation forum will be held in the city of Lyon on the 29th and 30th of November and will be organised with the support of Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (DAECT), the City Council and the Metropolis of Lyon as well as the Union of Communities of Armenia.
During the Steering Committee Meeting both preparatory and organizational issues related to the 4th Armenian-French Decentralized Cooperation Forum, as well as the topics related to the territorial reforms in Armenia and electoral situation in the country were discussed.
The president of the Union of Communities of Armenia Emin Yeritsyan presented the administrative-territorial changes in the RA, as a result of them the administrative-territorial general picture of the RA, informed about the calendar data on the local elections in the RA.
During the Steering Committee Meeting the issues about the different workshops were also discussed such as smart cities, rural development and tourism, education, agriculture.
About the Armenian-French decentralized cooperation
The Armenian-French decentralized cooperation is a part of a long history of friendship between the two countries. Today there are about three dozen collaborations. Decentralized cooperation focuses on the development of local communities and contributes to the exchange of experience of Armenian and French local authorities and discuss issues of common importance.
The first Armenian-French Decentralized Conference was held in Yerevan in 2010, in October. It united 250 participants representing nearly thirty communities, focusing on four themes: Local government and staff training; Economic development, tourism and rural development; French teaching, Dual partnerships between communities. During the conference, the "Hayastan" group by the United Cities of France was set up to support the cooperation of Armenian and French local authorities. Within the framework of Union of Communities of Armenia the French Group was formed by the same purpose.
The Second Conference, held in Valance in October 2013, was finalized by the adoption of the Valance Declaration by members of the French and Armenian local communities, setting out sectoral goals and recommendations for cooperation, reaffirming the importance of further cooperation.
The Third Forum of French-Armenian Decentralized Cooperation was held in 2016. December 1 and 2 in Yerevan.This event, organized by the Union of Communities of Armenia and the Association of Unified Towns of France, brought together more than 200 participants. At the end of the conference, the Final Declaration of Yerevan, adopted on December 2, 2016, defines the next three years as the priority of economic development of the territories.
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