Presentation of CEPLI member associations

Intermediary local authorities are anchoring institutions in the field, of sufficient size to give rise to a certain number of projects while remaining territory scale, which define and implement strategies and territorial development public policies.

Assembly of French Départements (ADF)

Created in 1946, ADF is a pluralistic association of councillors that brings together 102 French départements (96 metropolitan and 6 overseas), offering councillors and département the means to discuss ideas, exchange experiences and decide on a common stance on important national issues.

Claudy Lebreton, President of the Assembly of French Départements (ADF)

Missions of the Assembly of the Départements of France:

  • establish close and permanent collaboration between all departmental councils on the implementation of skills transferred to départements by decentralisation laws and on all issues that affect administration of the département.
  • represent all departments when dealing with national and European public authorities.
  • inform the government of the official stance of the presidents of the Departmental councils on all legislation projects and on regulations concerning their missions, skills and the activities of the départements, and ensure that they are taken into account.
  • stay in close contact with the parliamentary assemblies so that the stance and the ambitions of the départements are taken fully into consideration during debate on legislation.
  • constitute a body that forms a link with all other institutions and organisations of economic and social life in order to express its views, and to develop with them a partnership that can ensure that public actions are run efficiently in the départements. In particular, the ADF has a tightly-knit network of relations with other assemblies and associations that represent local authorities.

The commissions:

Each of the 102 departmental councils is composed of commissions and working groups, bringing together a certain number of councillors.
The law lays down the number of appointments and each département creates the organisation it wishes according to the areas of competence that is has and the subjects it wishes to get involved in.
Studies are carried out and opinions are expressed by the councillors via these commissions.
The members study and assess the files that are to be debated at the plenary session.
The councillors appointed to monitor the work carried out by the Assembly of the départements of France come from members of these commissions.

President: Claudy LEBRETON, Président du Conseil Général des Côtes d’Armor

Contact details:

Assemblée des Départements de France
6, rue Duguay-Trouin - 75006 Paris
Tel : 01 45 49 60 20
Fax : 01 45 49 60 21
E-mail: adf@departement.org
Website: www.departement.org

Contact GT CEPLI: Christine CÔTE (christine.cote@departement.org)

Assembly of French Départements (ADF)

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Association of Flemish Provinces (VVP)

VVP contributes to making the five Flemish provinces a reliable, transparent government level and to making it the elected (sub)regional government level of the future, aiming to contribute to the well-being of citizens and to the sustainable development of the provincial area.

Association of Flemish Provinces (VVP)

The provinces - the intermediate policy level between the Flemish and municipal level - have extensive powers. They have devised initiatives in the fields of education, social and cultural infrastructures, preventive medicine and social policy. They also deal with the environment, with highways and waterways, the economy, transport, public works, housing, use of official languages, etc.

Short history:

  • In 1973 the nine Belgian provinces decided to create an association to promote their common interests; the association of the Belgian Provinces was born.
  • In 1991, the Flemish provinces and the Flemish members of Council of the Province ‘Brabant’ created their own association; the Flemish Association of Provinces.
  • In 1995, after the creation of the province Flemish Brabant, the association received her current name: The Association of Flemish Provinces.

The VVP is:

  • the representation of the provincial government level in the political heart of Brussels;
  • the platform for cooperation and consultation between the five Flemish provinces;
  • the stimulator of renewal processes and methods for the benefit of provincial management.

Where is the VVP represented?

As the representation of the provincial government level in the political heart of Brussels the VVP participates in many organizations such as “Onderhandelingscomité C” where representatives of employers and employees meet, “MINA-raad”, the advisory council for environmental matters, “VLABEST”, the advisory council for internal affairs, “GIS-raad”, the council for geographical information systems, …

President: Mrs. Hilde BRUGGEMAN (website www.hildebruggeman.be)

Contact details:

Association of Flemish Provinces (VVP)
Boudewijnlaan 20/21
B-1000 Brussel
tel. 02/512.11.52
fax 02/502.46.80
email: vvp.studiedienst@vlaamseprovincies.be
Website: www.vlaamseprovincies.be

Contact person TG CEPLI: Saskia Van Laere (saskia.vanlaere@vlaamseprovincies.be)

Association of Flemish Provinces (VVP)

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Vereniging van Vlaamse Provincies (VVP)

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Association of Polish Counties (ZPP)

By the initiative of self-governors of districts and municipal districts, the Association of Polish Counties (Związek Powiatów Polskich), whose members are already 323 districts and district cities, was founded at the end of February 1999.

Association of Polish Counties (ZPP)

Association of Polish Counties pursue its tasks through:

  • Representing counties nationwide and international forums,
  • Initiating and legal acts concerning local government,
  • Promoting exchanges of experiences for their own tasks and tasks of the government,
  • Inspiring and taking joint initiatives affecting the community development counties,
  • Inspiring and taking joint initiatives aimed at socio-economic development of counties, foreign contacts and exchange of scientific and cultural,
  • Conducting the work of information, consultation and program aimed at solving problems in various fields of local government,
  • Publishing activities and promotion, on the problems of the Association and its members.

Counties competences in Poland:

  • public education (secondary level)
  • promotion and health protection
  • social assistance
  • family policy
  • support people with disabilities
  • transport and public roads
  • culture and protection of monuments
  • physical culture and tourism
  • real estate management
  • environmental and nature conservation
  • agriculture, forestry and inland fisheries
  • public order and public safety
  • flood protection, including equipment storage and maintenance of county flood
  • fire prevention and other extraordinary threats to human life and health and the environment
  • combating unemployment and activation of the local labour market
  • consumer protection.

President of the Association – Mr Ludwik Wegrzyn

Contact persons – Mr Jan Maciej Czajkowski and Ms Monika Czerniakowska

Association des Provinces Wallonnes (APW)

Créée en juin 1991, l’asbl « Association des Provinces wallonnes » a pour but d’assurer aux membres tous les services qui peuvent les aider à remplir leurs missions, d’assurer la promotion de l’institution provinciale ainsi que la défense de son autonomie.

Association des Provinces Wallonnes (APW)

L’Association poursuit la réalisation de son but social par tout moyen adéquat et notamment par :

  • L’étude de questions générales et la recherche de documentation intéressant les Provinces wallonnes ainsi que l’examen des problèmes soumis par ses membres ;
  • L’organisation de concertations interprovinciales dans les domaines relevant de la compétence des Provinces wallonnes (Culture, Enseignement, Formation, Tourisme, Finances, …) en vue de coordonner et de mettre en exergue les actions provinciales ;
  • La représentation des Provinces wallonnes au sein des organes ou commissions consultatifs mis en place par la Région wallonne, la Communauté française ou l’Etat fédéral : Conseil supérieur des Villes, Communes et Provinces de la Région wallonne – Observatoire des Finances locales - Conseil supérieur du logement – Observatoire des politiques culturelles - Institut du Patrimoine wallon – Conseil Régional de la Formation,…
  • L’organisation d’au moins un colloque par an sur un thème d’intérêt provincial.

Président : Paul-Emile MOTTARD

Personne de contact CEPLI TG :

Bruno de Viron
Association des Provinces wallonnes, Asbl.
Avenue Sergent Vrithoff, 2 - 5000 Namur
Tél: 081/74.56.74
Fax: 081/74.55.92
E-mail: bruno.deviron@apw.be
Website: www.apw.be

German County Association (DLT)

The main tasks of the German County Association are to promote local government self-administration (which is guaranteed by the German constitution, network between Landkreise) and foster common interests between all local government bodies vis-à-vis the Federal State and the public.

German County Association (DLT)
German County Association (DLT)

Promoter of rural areas

The German County Association (“Deutscher Landkreistag”) is the federal association of the 301 German counties (Landkreise). The Landkreis sector covers around 96 per cent of the surface area of the Federal Republic of Germany and represents three quarters of the local authorities, who in turn represent almost 56 million inhabitants or 68 per cent of the German population. The association also understands itself as promoter of the rural areas in Germany.

95-year-old history

Founded in 1916 during World War I, as Association of the Prussian Landkreise, the organisation was re-founded as the German County Association at the beginning of 1947.

Lobby for the citizens of the Landkreise

The German County Association is unlike other interest groups (e.g. private sector), as it represents public interest; via the local authorities which are politically responsible to German citizens.

Broad range of tasks

The German County Association is active in a broad range of local tasks, including: municipal law, e-government, modernisation of administration, public services law, savings banking, local services of general interest (energy, water, waste water, waste), business development, social affairs, youth, health, transport law, environmental law, planning law and European affairs.

European policy and partnerships

There is increasing need for German Landkreise to be prepared for the implementation of European directives and regulations. The German County Association has its own office in Brussels, which represents the interests of the German Landkreise vis-à-vis the European Institutions (above all European Commission, European Parliament and Committee of the Regions). The Association also networks with other local associations such as Association of Polish Municipalities or Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, and contributes to an exchange of experiences as well as to arranging county-partnerships.

Presentation of German County Association (DLT)

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National Union of County Councils of Romania (UNCJR)

National Union of County Councils of Romania (UNCJR) is a non-governmental organization, which brings together the County Councils of Romania, based on their free will, as juridical persons exerting their authority in accordance with the law, on the established administrative - territorial limits.

National Union of County Councils of Romania (UNCJR)

UNCJR represents the interests of County Councils both individual and as associations or as unions, by regions or considering their common interests, in the relation with the Parliament as well as with the Government.

UNCJR is acting in order to promote and apply the regional development principles, to support the sustainable development at local and regional level – from the economical, social, cultural and environmental point of view, to support the community participation to the decision making process, to develop cooperation programmes, to reduce the social and economic differences between counties and regions by promoting regional development programmes.

President: Mr Marian Oprisan, President of Vrancea County Council

Executive Director: Mr Dan Ocheselu


UNCJR’s European Office

Since February 2004, the National Union of County Councils of Romania opened a permanent office in Brussels, its key objective being to represent the Association’s interests to the European institutions and actors.

The UNCJR’s European Office main tasks are:

  • to assist the members of the national delegation to the Committee of the Regions;
  • to promote European values and partnerships as a key tool of integration;
  • to provide relevant information to association’s members in a direct and rapid way;
  • to promote, support and represent the interests of UNCJR’s members to the EU institutions and actors;
  • to host the members’ delegates for short periods of practical and theoretical training;
  • to contribute to the understanding of the EU agenda as well as of different policies and programmes affecting local and regional communities;
  • to develop partnerships with different European actors: local government associations and entities, NGOs, academic field, privates companies, etc.


Boulevard Baudouin, 21
1000, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32.2.2317141/49
Fax: +32.2.2317003
E-mail: bruxelles@uncjr.org
Web-site: www.uncjr.org

The team:

Coordinator - Mrs. Liliana Mangeac
Communication Officer - Mrs. Madalina Trandafir

National Union of County Councils of Romania (UNCJR)

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Arco Latino - CEPLI associated member

The network Arco Latino was born based on the territorial cooperation experience gathered during the 90s, officially becoming an association in 2002. It is located in the north-western Euro-Mediterranean area, making up a macro-region that shares geographical, cultural, economic and social similarities.

Arco Latino - CEPLI associated member

As a space for political and technical cooperation, Arco Latino is formed by intermediate Mediterranean local authorities (currently 61 members). Their current members are Spanish Provincial Councils and Insular Councils, French Departments and Italian Provinces, thus representing 10% of the European Union population and territory.

Because of its potential, Arco Latino is able to be specially heard by European institutions so that Mediterranean and local perspective is embodied in the formulation of their policies and regulations, thus defending the interests and needs of both its territory and its citizens.

In this line, the network values and strengthens capacities and helps internationalize actions and strategies of its members in favour of common objectives.

One of the priorities of the network, following the inclusion and mobilization of socioeconomic stakeholders, and applying the principle of subsidiarity, is the definition of an integrated development strategy and an arrangement of the Arco Latino space.

Being conscious of its strategically position in the Mediterranean area, Arco Latino and its members open a space of decentralized cooperation together with countries from the other Mediterranean shores.

Contact details

Permanent Secretariat
Diputació de Barcelona
Direcció de Relacions Internacionals
C/Mallorca, 244 entresuelo 3ª
08008 Barcelona - ES
Tel. +34 934 049 369
Fax. +34 934 049 480
E-mail: oce.arcllati@diba.cat
Web: www.arcolatino.org

Arco Latino - CEPLI associated member

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PARTENALIA - CEPLI associated member

Website: partenalia.eu 


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