Issue 66

Public Administration Reform in EaP Countries: Position Paper of the Civil Society Forum

26 August 2011

A position paper on needs of Public Administration Reform al local and regional level en EaP Countries has been created by Public Administration Subgroup of the WG1 of CSF in the frames of project of The Centre of Strategic Research and Development of Georgia by the support of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Human Rights, and Transition Policy

“The CSF-is written in the Position Paper- welcomes the inclusion of local and regional authorities in the implementation of Eastern Partnership and the establishment of annual conference (CORLEAP) with this aim. This initiative will enhance dialogue between all stakeholders participating in the reforms in the countries ensuring that more consistent and consensus-based steps are taken”. The document analyzes challenges and needs for Local self-government Reforms and for carrying out administrative reforms on regional level, and concludes with an appeals to the Committee of Region and to Local Governments.

The CORLEAP, an annual conference organised by the CoR, and chaired by its president, would provide an input to the work of the CoR in the field of Eastern Partnership, including the CoR’s contribution to the EaP Platforms. It could gather 36 regional/local representatives (18 of which represent local and regional authorities from the Partner Countries, and 18 the CoR).

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New EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia

Brussels, 26 August 2011

The Council adopted, by written procedure, a decision to appoint Philippe Lefort as the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia. The decision, based on a proposal from the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, covers the initial period from 1 September 2011 until 30 June 2012. Mr Lefort replaces Pierre Morel who served as EUSR for the crisis in Georgia and Peter Semneby who served as EUSR for the South Caucasus. 

In order to achieve the Union’s policy objectives, the mandate includes the development of contacts with governments, parliaments, other key political actors, the judiciary and civil society in the region; encouraging the countries in the region to cooperate on regional themes of common interest, such as common security threats, the fight against terrorism, illicit trafficking and organised crime; and contributing to the peaceful settlement of conflicts in accordance with the principles of international law and to facilitate the implementation of such settlement in close coordination with the United Nations, the OSCE and its Minsk Group. 

Philippe Lefort is a French diplomat of more than 20 years’ experience. He has devoted large parts of his career to the Caucasus and Russia, among other things as French Ambassador in Georgia (2004-2007) and as Deputy Head of Missionat the French Embassy in Russia (2007-2010). Since 2010, he has been the Head of Continental Europe General Directorate at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.  


Statement by the spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the elections in the breakaway region of Abkhazia in Georgia

Brussels, 27 August 2011

In view of the reports from Sukhumi in the breakaway region of Abkhazia in Georgia, that Mr. Alexander Ankvab has been elected as new president, this statement is to recall that the European Union does not recognise the constitutional and legal framework within which these elections have taken place. 

The European Union reiterates its support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, as recognised by international law. The European Union would in this context like to emphasize the importance of the Geneva International Discussions in ensuring the security and stability in the region.

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