About the Framework Partnership Agreement with the European Union
PLATFORMA was established in November 2008 to monitor the implementation of the first ever European Commission communication on local and regional governments in development cooperation. Since then, the coalition advocates to mainstream the uptake of local and regional governments’ perspective in European development policies and implementation.
In 2015, PLATFORMA signed a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the European Commission, through the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), renamed DG International Partnerships (INTPA) in 2011. Its signatories commit to take actions based on common values and objectives to tackle global poverty and inequalities, while promoting local democracy and sustainable development.
PLATFORMA represents European local and regional governments in this framework. Other FPA were signed with the United Cities and Local Governments world-secretariat (UCLG), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A), the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) and the International association of francophone mayors (AIMF).
These Framework Partnership Agreements were renewed on 12 September 2022 when the presidents of these five associations of local and regional governments met in Brussels with Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships.