Paul Ortega, Director, Basque Agency for Development Cooperation / Basque Government
Camila de Epalza Azqueta, European Union Policy Officer, Basque Government Delegation to the European Union
Development & External Cooperation Group: Maruxa Cardama, CPMR Consultant
Neighbourhood: Patrick Anvroin, Director
Claire Street, Policy Assistant
EXTERNAL COOPERATION GROUP
In line with its ongoing working plan, the CPMR agrees that its priorities should also take on board the global dimension. This has been done throughout different policy areas in an ad hoc manner. Besides, since its inception, the External Cooperation Working Group, which is of Inter-Commission nature, has been addressing specifically external cooperation activities. Moreover, it is proposed that the global dimension of certain policy areas also be addressed - if and as appropriate - by the External Cooperation Working Group in direct collaboration with other CPMR Working Groups and Geographical Commissions.
The External Cooperation Group is currently led by the Basque Country.
Its objectives are:
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
The main thematic areas addressed are:
▪ EU Development policy, including the added value of decentralised cooperation for the European and Global agenda;
▪ Neighbourhood Policy and its links to Cohesion Policy, and also to the Northern Dimension, the Eastern Partnership, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Regions, Outermost Regions, etc.;
▪ The Global Post 2015 Development Agenda, including its overarching Sustainable Development Goals in relation with the CPMR maritime core-group as far as maritime issues are concerned;
▪ Expertise and innovation in cooperation process, and
▪ Effectiveness and accountability of development cooperation.