On March, 24 the Committee of the Regions will host an event to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Observatory for Decentralised cooperation EU-Latin America. The celebration will bring together various representatives of the EU Institutions, Latin American and European local and regional governments as well as the delegates from civil society and think tanks. It will give the opportunity to look back at what has been achieved in previous 10 years in the area of decentralised cooperation between the EU and Latin America. More importantly, the prospective for decentralised cooperation will be presented and discussed within the framework of the Post2015 – Agenda. Joan Carles Garcia Cañizares, Deputy Councillor for Chairmanship and Councillor for Culture, Barcelona Provincial Council and Mr Jiří Buriánek, the Secretary General of the CoR are among the speakers for this conference.
The Observatory for EU-LA Decentralised Cooperation was created in 2005 within the framework of the Urb-AL programme funded by the European Commission and led by the municipal government of Montevideo and Barcelona Provincial Council. It was founded with the aim of creating a platform for analysis and research of the concept 'decentralised cooperation' and as an institutional space for discussion and transfer of knowledge.
In only one decade, Observatory has attained a central position in the analysis of public decentralised cooperation between the European Union and Latin America. Within this period, Observatory assisted various local and regional authorities in strengthening their capacities in territorial development. It helped to put these authorities on the international map and to create partnerships with other stakeholders.
The conference in Brussels is a great example of the initiatives under the European Year for Development and aims to inform the European citizens on the achieved results in the EU-Latin American decentralised cooperation. It is the second event in the 'Observatorio's 10th Anniversary celebration - series'. At the headquarters of Observatorio in Montevideo, from 18 to 21 March, the first event will celebrate this 10th anniversary and the 20 years of Mercociudades, and will reflect on how decentralized cooperation has strengthened political processes in the last decade. After the event in Brussels, there will also be a final conference in Barcelona that will focus on the political agenda for local governments during the past decade and the years ahead.