4th Assises of decentralised cooperation

Bruxelles 1 - 2 June 2015. The Assises of Decentralised Cooperation for development represents a unique opportunity to bring together local and regional authorities' representatives from the EU and developing countries to exchange their views and hold a political dialogue with the European institutions on development cooperation. The ultimate aim is to contribute to reinforce development aid effectiveness towards the full integration of local and regional authorities into the development cooperation policies and to build a genuine EU partnership between the different actors active in the field of development.
The fourth edition of the Assises includes an opening session and five parallel thematic roundtables, on  1 June, 2015 in the afternoon. The plenary session will take place on 2 June , 2015, in the morning and will bring together the "rapporteurs" of each roundtable to present the main conclusions of the discussions. This will be followed by an exchange of questions and answers session between the participants and high representatives of the EU institutions.
On the occasion of the Assises, associated events will be held at the Committee of the Region. They will take place on  1 June in the morning and on  2 June in the afternoon.
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Associated Seminars Overview

Monday, 1 June, 2015 10h00-13h00
​Education for development and global citizenship ​Fair trade support
through decentralised cooperation
Territories and governance

Assises of Decentralised Cooperation for Development


Monday, 1 June, 2015

14h30-15h00 Opening session:
  • Marcus Cornaro, Deputy Director General, DG DEVCO European Commission
  • Jiří Buriánek , Secretary General of the Committee of the Regions
15h00-15h30: Coffee break

Round Tables
Round Table 1 Round Table 2 Round Table 3 Round Table 4 Round Table 5
Post-2015: Universality and the territorial Approach to Development

On route for COP 21: shaping local energy policies to combat climate change

Urbanisation: facing the challenges and seizing the opportunities through cooperation

Networks, exchanges and sharing of experiences to support decentralised cooperation
The European Union's new approach to support for local authorities
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18h30 - 20h30: Cocktail and Networking (JDE Atrium 5)

Assises of Decentralised Cooperation for Development

Plenary Session

Tuesday, 2 June 2015


    • Markku Markkula, President, European Committee of the Regions, Espoo Municipality (FI/EPP)
    • Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Parliamentary State Secretary for the EU Affairs of Latvia, Latvia


    • Paul Ortega, Director, Basque Government Cooperation Agency, Chair-Coordinator of the
      CPMR Lead Region, External Cooperation Working Group, Spain
    • Elhadji Malick Diop, Department Councillor of Tivaouane, President of the Financial and Economic
      Commission, CCT-WAEMU, Senegal
    • Emin Yeristyan, CORLEAP Co-Chair, Councillor of the Community of Parakar, President of the
      Union of Communities of Armenia, Armenia
    • Jaime Salinas, Deputy Mayor of the City of Lima in charge of international relations, Peru
    • Daoud Zatari, Mayor of Hebron, Palestine


    • Luc Van den Brande, Vice-President of the CoR, Chair of the Management Board of the Flanders-
      Europe Liaison Agency (BE/EPP)
    • Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, Director-General, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and
      Development, European Commission


  • Lotte Knudsen, Director, Human development and Migration, Directorate-General for
    International Cooperation and Development, European Commission


13h00-14h30: Buffet Lunch



Associated Seminars Overview

Tuesday, 2 June 2015 14h30 – 17h30

Dialogue and capacity building for development and local governance Local and regional authorities dealing with mobility, migration and development​ Decentralised cooperation for development: key to supporting the implementation of the international Biodiversity Targets




Related information


1st Preparatory meeting 29 April 2014


  • Minutes of the first preparatory meeting of 29 April 2014
  • Form to propose topic

2nd Preparatory meeting 25 November 2014

  • Agenda
  • Themes compilation Annex 1
  • Themes compilation Annex 2
  • Themes compilation Annex 3
  • Minutes of the second preparatory meeting of the 25 November 2014