The main objectives of this programme are to support the on-going process of local government reform in the participating countries (i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus).
Within the frame of the programme a comparative study will be conducted on the roles and responsibilities of local elected representatives (mayors and councillors) in the six participating countries, i.e. the country-based analysis will be complemented by a comparative dimension.
The study will be disseminated in the countries concerned within the framework of the future activities of the programme. Its targeted audience is intended to be as broad as possible: local elected representatives themselves, central public authorities, experts, civil society and non-governmental organisations working in the field of local democracy, and citizens.
The Comparative Study has the following objectives with regard to the Eastern partnership countries:
1. Based on the review of the respective national legislation and its practical application to analyse the actual situation of local government with a focus on:
– Territorial division and organisation of local governments;
– Scope of competences and roles assigned to local authorities;
2. To determine common problems and obstacles and to develop policy recommendations to improve local self-governance;
3. To promote mutual learning at the local level.
Funding: Council of Europe