Editorial

In favour of decentralized cooperation
Published : Wednesday 03 April 2013 - Jean-Louis Guigou. Délégué général d’IPEMED

Editorial

A recent IPEMED study revealed that French local authorities spend on average 20 million euro a year on activities related to international cooperation in the Mediterranean. A survey of local authority managers in the Maghreb underlined the key points. Managers in the South mentioned relationships of trust, cooperation on a human scale, apprenticeship, openness, durability and independence vis-à-vis political powers. On the other hand, they pointed out insufficient funds, unfocused action, lack of professionalism and how supply from authorities in the North does not match expectations of authorities in the South. What politicians in the South really want is p...