Ourense Political Conference 7th March 2023

Publish date: Thursday, 9 March 2023
Photo from CEPLI Political Conference in Ourense, March 7, 2023

On Tuesday 7th March, Ourense hosted the 12th Political Conference of CEPLI. Partenalia network and the Provincial Council of Ourense supported CEPLI presidency to prepare this annual big meeting which involve everytime a high level debate on a current matter that concern LIAs.

The integrated approach of resilience debated last year in Krakow was contextualized this year by addressing the topic of natural and human-induced disasters and risks.

The agenda covered 2 topics, namely “European civil protection and actions of local intermediate authorities” and “Risk culture and communication with the population, awareness, training, participation”.

The various presentations and photos given during the conference as well as the complete agenda and media communication will be available soon on this page.




Political Declaration:



CEPLI Political Conference March, 7th, 2023 – Ourense Pazo de Vilamarin

Publish date: Wednesday, 11 January 2023
Event description CEPLI Political Conference March, 7th, 2023 – Ourense Pazo de Vilamarin

Following last year’s conference which took place in Krakow with the participation of then President Tzitzikostas and took a close look at the concept of territorial resilience in the framework of the actions and policies of European Local Intermediate authorities, CEPLI members wish to dig deeper into this now pivotal element of any solid and long-term oriented territorial policy.

The transversal concept of resilience is a particularly useful lens through which to reflect on risk management at the local level as it calls for public action to be conceived holistically and makes us, policy-makers, approach public intervention globally in order to come up with the best action paths and methods to cope with structural, cyclical, conjunctural and unpredictable risks, be they of a social or economic nature or related to natural catastrophes and health hazards.

After taking a broad conceptual approach for last year’s conference, the CEPLI will focus this year’s conference on the resilience to natural catastrophes.

Participants will discuss the role of Local Intermediate Authorities in coping with/addressing the social, economic and sanitary consequences of floods, fires, earthquakes, landslide-incurred road crevasses, road livestock epidemic outbreaks, electricity blackouts as well as their repercussions on local infrastructures.

Of special interest will be the articulation provided by Local Intermediate Authorities as the first-response administrations and primary element/cogs…. Of the emergency response feedback loop that is put into place right after the catastrophes emerge (at the onset of the catastrophes). Emphasis will be given to their role in the coordination of disaster relief efforts/endeavours as the authorities closest to the events and with a deep knowledge of the local topography, infrastructures and resources.

Presidents of Local Intermediate Authorities from various member States will shed light on the
interrelation of the areas of intervention of their respective administrations as a key element of any successful risk prevention-preparedness policy by sharing their past and current experiences/good practices. Along with other EU politicians and academic experts, they will then proceed to envision which pathways local intermediate governments can take towards improving their risk prevention practices.

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Political Conference 2022, Krakow, May 17

Publish date: Friday, 20 May 2022
Cepli Political Conference: Empowering LIAs for a better resilience
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The annual political conference of the European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (CEPLI), whose vice-presidency is held by Partenalia, was held with hybrid participation (onsite and online) on Tuesday, May 17th, at the headquarters of the Association of Polish Provinces – Zwiazek Powiatow Polskich ( ZPP) after a year of hiatus without any conference (2020) and another year of online conference (2021).

Together with representatives of the academic world from several European countries, from the main European institutions and organisations financed by European programmes, the political and technical representatives of the national associations of local intermediate authorities that make up the CEPLI met in Krakow, at the invitation of Andrzej PŁONKA, President of the ZPP and Starost of the Bielsko province in Poland, to carry out a reflection on territorial resilience in a context of multiple crises - health, economic, climatic and the invasion of Ukraine - which gave its relevance to the topic chosen for this annual meeting.

The academic presentations made it possible to define the concept, shed light on the transversality of its application in the various areas of intervention and actions of local intermediate authorities and provide keys elements of understanding through the presentation of the various dichotomies that territorial resilience encompasses.

Emphasis was placed on the fact that Territorial Resilience is not a principle whose application would be limited to one area of public policy, but rather a key concept applicable to all public action and that highlights the need to conceive of all such policies holistically and as an interrelated.

The presidents of local intermediate authorities and provincial deputies then presented specific cases of territorial resilience, thus demonstrating the essential role of this level of government in absorbing the shocks, both foreseeable and cyclical as well as unforeseeable, that populations face through a capacity for reaction and adaptation provided by experience and in-depth knowledge of the local realities of their respective territories. Specifically, the interventions of the politicians focused on the management of the COVID crisis with direct emergency aid to the population and in particular to local companies and the management of the humanitarian crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army but also the management of floods and forest fires (unpredictable crises/cyclical crises). They were able to demonstrate, through their respective presentations, the essential role of local intermediate authorities in the execution at the local level of European and national political decisions which without knowledge of the terrain would remain in the state of mere declarations of will.

The third and last part of the day was devoted to prospective work aimed at improving territorial resilience by providing development and learning tools to local intermediate authorities. The various organisations and institutions represented (ESPON – permanent structure financed by the INTERREG program that provides studies and territorial data to political decision-makers, policy learning platform also financed by INTERREG and the knowledge network partnership of the European Commission) announced the various instruments available to local intermediate authorities to build up their absorption, reaction and improvement capacity in the face of current and future major crises. The study of the variables that impacted the quality of responses to previous crises (ESPON) and peer learning (among the various European administrations) enabled by the platform and the knowledge network constitute the main areas of work and improvement paths for local intermediate authorities.

President André Viola closed the working day with the reading and adoption of the CEPLI Political Declaration urging the European institutions to promote greater integration of local intermediate authorities through more direct access to European funding, involvement of the local intermediate authorities in the European decision-making processes and the design of European policies -especially those with a direct impact on local politics- and the support to the Marseille manifesto of the European Committee of the Regions that demanded, amongst other things, a greater role of this institution that would materialise by making its local policy-related decisions binding.

Following the decision of the General Assembly held the day before, the next CEPLI Political Conference will be hosted by the Diputación de Ourense in 2023

The various presentations given during the conference as well as the complete programme can be consulted on the CEPLI website: www.cepli.eu


Communiqué de presse - Political Conference 2022, Krakow, May 17

Nota de prensa - Political Conference 2022, Krakow, May 17

Comunicatió de la Diputació de Barcelona


Krakow Declaration

Déclaration de Cracovie (FR)

Declaraţia de la Cracovia (RO)

Krakow, 17th May 2022

CEPLI Political Conference "Local Intermediate Authorities: the safety net for citizens in the global fight against the Covid crisis"

The event will take place ONLINE, on 20th November 2020, between 15.00 and 17.00. You are invited to REGISTER HERE until 19 November 2020. See below the program and the presentations in EN, FR, DE, RO.

CEPLI Political Conference

CEPLI Political Conference

"Local Intermediate Authorities: a safety net for citizens in the global fight against the Covid crisis”

20th November 2020 / Online session - from 3 to 5 p.m.


The conference will carry out on the Zoom/Interactio platforms, with simultaneous translation in FR, EN, DE, PL, ES.

With more than seven million people affected and 223,000 victims in October 2020, the Covid pandemic is hitting Europe hard.

Beyond the dramatic toll of lost human lives, its social and economic impact is heavily felt in all territories.

It is expected that the negative effects will continue for many years and impact the existence and development of the territories and their inhabitants.

We are now going through a second wave and many European countries are taking tough measures to curb the spread of the virus.

This health crisis has highlighted the essential role of the Local Intermediate Authorities (LIAs) – counties, provinces, departments, and all similar territorial administrations - as indispensable relays for member states throughout Europe.

CEPLI proposes the setting up of a forum for reflections and discussions dedicated to the responses provided by our territories and our LIAs to the impact of this crisis in Europe.

This conference aims to bring out the experiences of the locally elected politicians in relation to the European institutions’ responses, analyses, and perspectives.


CEPLI – The European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (LIAs), created in 2008, is the first European network freely formed between national associations of departments and their equivalents, in the Member States of the European Union.

The role of this Confederation is to promote the interests of intermediary bodies at European level and to represent them to the European institutions.

Its aim is to contribute to an European Union that is close to territories and citizens, in a context where the future of this project of a common and democratic society is challenged sometime by national withdrawal which are dangerous for all Europeans.


FRLa CEPLI organise, le 20 novembre 2020, sa Conférence politique sur le thème : 

« Les Pouvoirs Locaux Intermédiaires : filet de sécurité pour nos concitoyens dans la lutte globale contre la crise Covid »

Session en ligne - de 15H à 17H


Conférence réalisée sur les plateformes Zoom/Interactio, avec traduction simultanée en FR, EN, DE, PL, ES.

Avec aujourd’hui plus de sept millions de personnes touchées et 223.000 victimes en octobre 2020, la pandémie Covid frappe durement l'Europe.

Au-delà du dramatique bilan de vies humaines gâchées, son impact social et économique est très durement ressenti dans tous les territoires.

Il est à prévoir que les effets négatifs s’exerceront encore durant de nombreuses années sur les conditions d’existence et de développement des territoires et de leurs habitants.

Nous traversons aujourd’hui une seconde vague et de nombreux pays européens prennent des mesures sévères pour freiner la propagation du virus.

Cette crise sanitaire a mis en évidence le rôle essentiel des Pouvoirs locaux intermédiaires comme relais indispensables des Etats dans l’appui et la protection que nous devons à nos concitoyens dans toute l’Europe.

La CEPLI a souhaité mettre en place un temps de réflexions et d’échanges consacré aux réponses apportées par nos territoires et nos Pouvoirs locaux intermédiaires à l’impact de cette crise en Europe.

Cette rencontre a pour ambition de croiser les regards des élus locaux, des institutions et des universitaires européens.


CEPLI - Confédération Européenne des Pouvoirs Locaux Intermédiaires, créée en 2008, est le premier réseau européen librement constitué entre des associations nationales de Départements et leurs équivalents, dans les Etats membres de l’Union européenne.

Le rôle de cette Confédération est de promouvoir les intérêts de collectivités intermédiaires au niveau européen et de les représenter auprès des institutions européennes.

Elle a pour projet de contribuer à une Europe proche des territoires et des citoyens, dans un contexte où l’avenir de ce projet de société commun et démocratique est questionné par des positionnements de replis nationaux dangereux pour tous les européens.


DECEPLI organisiert am 20. November 2020 eine Webkonferenz zum Thema:

«Die Landkreise in Europa: Sicherheitsnetz für die Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner im globalen Kampf gegen die Covid Krise»

Freitag, 20 November 2020, online, von 15:00 bis 17:00 Uhr MEZ

Konferenz auf Zoom / Interactio-Plattformen mit Simultanübersetzung in FR, EN, DE, PL, ES.


Mit mehr als neun Millionen Betroffenen und 252.000 Opfern trifft die Covid-Pandemie Europa schwer. Abgesehen von der dramatischen Opferzahl sind die sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen in allen Bereichen sehr stark zu spüren.

Wir befinden uns jetzt in einer zweiten Welle und viele europäische Länder ergreifen harte Maßnahmen, um die Ausbreitung des Virus einzudämmen.

Diese Gesundheitskrise hat einmal mehr die wichtige Rolle der Kreise und ihrer Gesundheitsämter für den Schutz der Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner in ganz Europa deutlich gemacht.

CEPLI möchte deshalb mit hochrangigen Experten aus europäischen Institutionen, Netzwerken und politisch verantwortlichen Landräten vor Ort in einen Erfahrungsaustausch eintreten, erste Analysen anstellen und über Gegenmaßnahmen der EU berichten.


Was ist CEPLI ?

Die 2008 gegründete Confédération Européenne des Pouvoirs Locaux Intermédiaires (CEPLI) ist das erste europäische Netzwerk auf Kreisebene.

Die Aufgabe von CEPLI Bundes besteht darin, die Interessen der im staatlichen Instanzenzug zwischen Kommunen und Regionen verorteten Kreise auf europäischer Ebene zu fördern und Ihre Interessen gegenüber den europäischen Institutionen zu vertreten.

Vor dem Hintergrund eines immer wieder aufflammenden Nationalismus, der das Projekt Europa bedroht, will CEPLI zu einem multilateralen Europa beitragen, das den Territorien und den Bürgern nahesteht.


ROConferința politică a CEPLI

„Autoritățile locale intermediare: o plasă de siguranță pentru cetățeni în lupta globală împotriva crizei Covid”

20 noiembrie 2020, videoconferinţă, 15:00-17:00

Conferința se va desfășura pe platformele Zoom/Interactio, cu traducere simultană în FR, EN, DE, PL, ES.


Cu peste șapte milioane de persoane afectate și peste 220.000 de victime în octombrie 2020, pandemia Covid lovește puternic Europa.

Dincolo de aspectul dramatic al vieților umane pierdute, impactul său social și economic se resimte puternic în toate teritoriile.

Se așteaptă ca efectele negative să continue timp de mai mulți ani și să aibă impact asupra existenței și dezvoltării comunităţilor și locuitorilor acestora.

Trecem acum printr-un al doilea val și multe țări europene iau măsuri dure pentru a reduce răspândirea virusului. Această criză sanitară a evidențiat rolul esențial al autorităților locale de nivel intermediar - județe, provincii, departamente și oricare alte administrații teritoriale similare - ca relee indispensabile pentru statele membre din întreaga Europă.

CEPLI propune organizarea unui forum pentru reflecții și discuții dedicate răspunsurilor oferite de autorităţile locale intermediare la impactul acestei crize în Europa.

Această conferință va aduce în prim-plan experiențele politicienilor aleși la nivel local în mai multe state membre, dar şi răspunsurile, analizele și perspectivele oferite de instituțiile europene.


CEPLI - Confederația Europeană a Autorităților Locale de nivel Intermediar, creată în 2008, este prima rețea europeană formată în mod liber între asociațiile naționale de departamente și alte administraţii echivalente acestora, din statele membre ale Uniunii Europene.

Rolul acestei confederații este de a promova interesele organismelor intermediare la nivel european și de a le reprezenta în fața instituțiilor europene.

Prin activităţile sale, CEPLI îşi propune să contribuie la o Uniune Europeană apropiată de comunităţile locale și cetățeni acestora, în contextul în care viitorul acestui proiect care susţine o societate democratică şi solidară la nivel european este provocat, pe alocuri, de o repliere națională, periculoasă pentru toți europenii.

Download: Agenda - CEPLI Political Conference "Local Intermediate Authorities: the safety net for citizens in the global fight against the Covid crisis" (.pdf file - 490.29 KB)Download: Programme - Conférence politique de la CEPLI « Les Pouvoirs Locaux Intermédiaires : filet de sécurité pour nos concitoyens dans la lutte globale contre la crise Covid » (.pdf file - 379.91 KB)Download: Programm - Politische Konferenz von CEPLI «Die Landkreise in Europa: Sicherheitsnetz für die Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner im globalen Kampf gegen die Covid Krise» (.pdf file - 414.38 KB)Download: Program - Conferința politică a CEPLI „Autoritățile locale intermediare: o plasă de siguranță pentru cetățeni în lupta globală împotriva crizei Covid” (.pdf file - 492.55 KB)Download: CEPLI Resolution - Local Intermediate Authorities: “Safety net for citizens in the fight against the Covid-19 crisis“ (.pdf file - 396.35 KB)Download: Comunicat de presă « Autorităţile Locale de nivel Intermediar: centură de siguranţă pentru cetăţeni în lupta împotriva crizei Covid-19 » (.docx file - 909.1 KB)Download: Communiqué de presse - Les collectivités locales sont un filet de sécurité pour nos concitoyens dans la lutte contre la crise de la COVID-19 (.docx file - 356.08 KB)

Political Conference 2019 “Territorial reforms in Europe: in the public service of the citizens?”

Publish date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019
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In recent years, Europe, our home, has faced major challenges corresponding to vital issues for current and future generations in our territories. While the world is changing at an ever increasing pace and in an irreversible fashion, intermediate local authorities remain a strong and trusted point of reference for citizens.

They play an increasingly important role through their ability to understand the needs of the population and to constantly act to meet them. Our concrete interventions represent a real added value to guarantee economic, social and territorial cohesion.

Nowadays, citizens and their territories are directly impacted by the various upheavals that are disrupting the sustainable development of our societies: climate and demographic change, inequality and poverty, systemic economic risks, governance deficits, rising extremism and the migration crisis.

In this context, the guidelines that must be adopted for the future of Europe and its territories, particularly in terms of territorial reforms, must safeguard the current competences of local intermediate authorities as they constitute a safety net for the population.

Download: Programme Download: CONFERENCE POLITIQUE de la CEPLI - « Réforme territoriale en Europe, au service "public" des territoires » - Intervenants Download: Political Declaration Download: Déclaration de Toulouse Pour une Europe plus proche des territoires et des citoyens Download: Study of the Assembly of the French departments (ADF) « L’institution départementale à l’heure métropolitaine: quelles perspectives ? » Download: The Provinces in Flanders: between the hammer and the anvil - Herwig Reynaert (website) Download: Political Conference 2019, Toulouse - Report

European seminar "Territorial reforms in Europe, in the public service of the territories"

The European Confederation of Local Intermediate Authorities (CEPLI), the Assembly of French Departments (ADF), the Research Group on Local Government in Europe (GRALE) and the University of Toulouse (UTC), organize on 14 and 15 November, an important seminar dedicated to the future of intermediate territorial collectivities in Europe.

This European Seminar "Territorial reforms in Europe, in the public service of the territories" will associate researchers, academics from France and Europe, elected officials from the departments and intermediate collectivities in Europe, national associations and CEPLI members.

In a comparative approach, the subject of the debate will be the historical anchoring of the territorial collectivities of intermediate level, the Polish powiats, passing through the Italian, Belgian, Italian provinces or the Spanish diputacións.

Are there any similarities in the historical, political and administrative contexts of the birth certificate, for the most part, at the end of the 18th century, beginning of the 19th century, of these intermediate echelons of proximity, in terms of standardization, rationalization and centralization of power, with the image of the Napoleonic department?

And what are the territorial realities of these territories today, in a context of institutional complexity, changes in Europe, regionalization and urban concentration. In a Europe of regions and large competitive metropolises, are the intermediate territorial collectivities - confronted with the issues of the overscaled echelon - threatened, or on the contrary, are they, in these large groups, the echelon of democratic and social innovation, of proximity and solidarity of the 21st century?

In other words, do the intermediate territorial collectivities in Europe have a future in every state territorial mille-feuille?

Download: Programme Download: IGPDE and CNFPT study – « L’avenir des autorités locale en Europe » Download: ADF study – « Pour un budget européen au service des territoires » Download: ADF study – « Plateforme – New deal départemental” Download: « Pouvoirs Locaux » - la Revue de la gouvernance publique, n°116 IV/2019

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