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).