The FIIAPP, through the EUROsociAL programme, financed by the European Commission, organizes an activity that will allow the signing of a memorandum of understanding on the subject of regional policy between the European Union (DG Regio) and the Mexican Secretariat of Territorial Development (SEDATU).
The EUROsociAL Programme, through the FIIAPP, participated for the first time in the Open Days organized by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and the Committee on Regions. This participation was part of a seminar in which EU-Latin America and South-South exchanges in regional policy were presented. Ronald Hall, Principal Advisor, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, and Jolita Butkeviciene, DG Devco, presented the European Regional Policy that is serving to inspire other regions of the world and which EUROsociAL, in conjunction with these two institutions and the Committee on Regions, is sharing with Latin American countries. Adriana Silva (Brazilian Ministry of Integration), Jorge Díaz Cuervo (SEDATU of Mexico) and Gustavo Figueroa (Office of the Chancellor of Peru), for their part, explained their national experiences and regional work in the Latin American Public Policy Network for regional development, also supported by the EUROsociAL Programme, which will be headed by Brazil until the end of the year when Mexico takes over.
As explained by Ronald Hall, Principal Advisor, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, in the introduction to the activity, the EU and Latin America have already signed 11 cooperation agreements for regional development, the eleventh having been signed in the framework of the EUROsociAL activity during Open Days. The day after the seminar, the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, and the Mexican Deputy Secretary of Agricultural, Territorial and Urban Development, Alejandro Nieto, signed this joint cooperation agreement on regional development.
In addition to the “European-Latin American Cooperation on Territorial Cohesion Policies and Instruments” Seminar, EUROsociAL also participated by sharing information about its methodology and results in the spaces for dialogue and exchange, such as the ‘Meeting Place’ of the Committee on Regions and the Borschette Centre, the venue for most of the seminars held during Open Days 2014.
For a cooperation programme like EUROsociAL, which promotes European-Latin American dialogue on public policies related to social cohesion, territorial and regional development represent a fundamental objective, and FIIAPP’s partners in the Decentralization area, SNVand Formez,are working on this.