In 8-12 September 2014, we hosted a 16-member group from Georgia’s Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure and local authorities. They took part in a training session entitled ”Local Government Reform in Georgia” organized in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration.
The aim of the training was to prepare Georgia’s local civil servants to carry out a decentralization reform and to establish local government institutions. During a week-long series of lectures Polish experts and practitioners shared their experiences relating to the implementation of Poland’s local government reform. In addition to the training sessions, the Programme participants made study tours of Targówek Metropolitan District Council, Legionowo’s Town Hall and Stare Babice Municipal Council. The study tours were very important in that they enabled the Georgian visitors to familiarize themselves with the tasks and competencies of local government structures responsible for running a rural municipality, a small town, and a section of a large agglomeration. Polish local civil servants presented their region’s history and development conditions as well as the current social and economic situation. They also talked about the investments and initiatives they are currently implementing.
Since 2008, Poland has been providing support to Georgia in the process of developing the country’s regional development policy assumptions. This year’s training programme is a follow-up to activities undertaken by the Polish MFA to enhance Georgia’s potential in administration.
The local government reform training is the first of four modules offered in this year’s edition of the Eastern Partnership Academy. As early as in October, representatives of all EaP countries will be able to participate in a two-week civil service internship. In November, we will train Belarusian civil servants on the Republic of Belarus’ accession to the WTO and representatives of Georgia’s and Moldova’s central administrations on European integration.