On 27 June 2018, the key stakeholders of the EU flagship Initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth” gathered together in Cimislia, Moldova, for the second time since the start of the Project implementation in January 2017.
Ukrainian amalgamated territorial community NoveMisto will create a unique tourist product by combining traditions of American cowboys and culture of ‘Boyky’ local ethnic group. A new tourist area of 6, 6 hectares will be located in Hrabivnytsia village, which is the part of the community territory just near the Polish border. The project titled “COWBOYky. UkrainianWildWest”is funded by the EU under the Mayor for Economic Growth (M4EG) Initiative.
In the increasingly globalized and interconnected world, projecting the right kind of image to the outside world is indispensable for smaller territories to attract investors, visitors, and talent, all of which are key for dynamic local economic development.
On 12 May in Chisinau and 19 Mayin Ungheni the M4EG Initiative for the first time ever joined the “residents” of the so-called European Village, which grew in the centers of these cities on the occasion of the annually observed European Union Day in Moldova. The Village was made of quite a number of thematic tents and stands representing the diplomatic missions of the EU countries to Moldova and numerous EU funded development projects implemented in the country, which used this opportunity to engage with the general public and tell them more about the national cultures of European countries, as well as all the support Moldova receives from the EU.
25 April, 2018 – A public launching event of the Pioneer Project “Edinet – Economic Growth Pole in North Region of Moldova” was held at Edinet municipality. The project is funded by the EU under the Mayor for Economic Growth (M4EG) Initiative.
On 13-14 March 2018, the EU Initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth” (M4EG) Secretariat held the third training module (out of four) for the elaboration of the Local Economic Development Plans for its Signatories, which took place in Chisinau, Moldova.
On the12th of March, a public presentation of European Union’s “Mayors for Economic Growth” Pioneer Project“Empowering Local Economic Opportunities for Sustainable Growth” was heldat Gori Municipality Cultural Centre.
The EU initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth” and the Imereti Regional Administration conducted a meeting with the Mayors of Imereti Municipalities on 2nd March, 2018 in Kutaisi. Eight municipalities out of the twelve municipalities in Imereti are members of the “Mayors for Economic Growth”. Together with the local business and civil society, the municipalities work on increasing the local economy and creation of jobs.
“EU for Sevan: SME platform for Business Development and Innovation” project’s official launch event that took place on March 1 in town Sevan. The EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski, Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Mr. Davit Lokyan, Deputy Ministers Varazdat Karapetyan and Karen Isakhanyan, Head of Gegharkunik region Karen Botoyan, representatives of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Gegharkunik Marz and other partners participated in the event.
On February 23, 2018, Bolnisi Municipality held the launch ceremony of the Pilot Project „Establishing a platform for efficient flow of business activities in Bolnisi“, which is funded by the EU under the Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) Initiative. The M4EG Club membership certificate was awarded to the Bolnisi Mayor during the event.
On 13-14 February 2018, the EU Initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth” Secretariat held the second training module for the elaboration of the Local Economic Development Plans for its Signatories.
On 7 February 2018, the EU Delegation to Georgia together with the EU Initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth” (M4EG) Secretariat held the “Mayors for Economic Growth” Pioneer Projects' Launch Ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Four regional workshops were organised during 16-19 January to discuss with the LED officers from the mayoralties and district councils about the elaboration process of the LED Plans.
On 19-21 December 2017, a capacity building training for regional authorities of Armenia in supporting economic development efforts at the local level took place in Yerevan.
On 18 December 2017 was held the Eastern Neighbourhood Policy Coordination Seminar, event organised by PLATFORMA – Local and Regional International Action and Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova.
On December 8-9, 2017 the Research Center of Central Bank of Armenia in Dilijan hosted the 6th annual Conference of Communities co-organized by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development and the Union of Communities of Armenia.
On 23 November 2017, the first out of a series of 4 training modules took place in Yerevan, Armenia in the framework of the new EU Initiative for the EaP region “Mayors for Economic Growth”, gathering together representatives of 22 Armenian communities which have officially joined the Initiative.
Ukrainian mayors are the first ones in the region to embark on a comprehensive capacity building (training) programme, consisting of 4 training Modules, which will be conducted by experienced European experts region-wide.
As of September 2017, the total number of signatories to the Initiative reached 193 members regionwide. A number of Signing Ceremonies for the new M4EG members were held throughout the region, with M4EG certificates awarded to each Signatory to recognize their joining the regional network of like-minded professionals, who have committed to jointly work on the local economic development interventions for the benefit of their citizens and territories in general.
Throughout September 2017 the Junior M4EG members in the 6 participating countries were being assessed on their existing individual and organizational capacity to manage economic development in their territories. The assessment tools included a facilitated participatory group discussion with the involvement of key local stakeholders, taking stock of their knowledge, skills and experience, as well as identifying gaps and bottlenecks to be addressed in the future.
The 10th annual Local Economic Development Forum was dedicated to the concept of Progressive Cities, and hosted around 800 participants from all over the world, as well as featured 200 speakers and experts sharing their experience.
The workshop was conducted in cooperation with the Mahilioŭ Oblast Executive Committee and the Mahilioŭ Association of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, becoming the first official Mayors for Economic Growth presentation to the stakeholders in Belarus.
Out of 164 applications to the Call for Proposals (61 for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova together (Lot 1), and 103 for Ukraine (Lot 2)) the total of 45 applicants were pre-selected by the independent evaluation committee, and they were invited to submit their full proposals for the second selection phase (22 applicants for Lot 1, and 23 applicants for Lot 2 respectively).