Ref N° 410

Study on capitalisation of European decentralised cooperation experiences

Overall project value (EUR)
€ 92 580
Origin of funding
Proportion carried out by legal entity
Consortium members
B&S Europe (FWC COM Lot 1)
Start date
May 2012
End date
October 2012
Number of staff provided
93 w/d

Detailed description of project Back

International cooperation between subnational authorities (local and regional authorities) is today an emerging, dynamic and complex phenomenon, which transforms the local actors’ practices and, at the same time, opens new perspectives and new innovation fields to European Commission (EC) cooperation. According to the more commonly used definition by the EC, Decentralised cooperation is development cooperation between Local Authorities from Europe and Local Authorities from partner’s countries. This definition will be considered for the present study.

The overall objective of this study is to provide the European Commission with:

  • An in-depth analysis of the EC financing (strategy and projects) in the area of Decentralised cooperation in the past 5 years (2007-2011) through the different existing modalities: bilateral, regional and thematic cooperation;
  • An overview of the main strategies and initiatives in the field of Decentralised cooperation of the EU Member States (MS6).Based on the findings of these researches, focusing on good practices, the study will define possible options in order to improve the EC complementarity towards MS in the area of Decentralised Cooperation.The specific objectives include:
  • Analyse and classify by region, thematic and implementation methods, the projects financed by the EC in the area of Decentralised Cooperation in the past 5 years (2007-2011);
  • Analyse the experience and practice of the EU Members States in the field of Decentralised Cooperation, in the past 5 years (2007-2011), in order to establish a typology of their modalities of intervention and the main trends. Submit also an overview of the current policy and programmes;
  • Following the conclusions of the objectives 1 and 2, establish a comparison between the EU and the Member States main trends;
  • Based on the capitalisation of these results of the specific objectives 1, 2 and 3, formulation of coherent recommendations to the EC in order to improve the complementarity and the added value of the future EC initiatives to the programmes of the Member States.

Type of services provided

The expert team consists of one senior and two junior experts, experienced in the field of development cooperation with Local Authorities and in particular in the area of Decentralised Cooperation.

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