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Standing Committee for the Euro Mediterranean Partnership of Local and Regional Authorities(COPPEM), ITALY

Upon the initiative of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), and Arab Towns Organization (ATO), following the initial setting up of a regulation agreed upon at Gaza (July 2000) by representatives of local administrations, the Standing Committee for the Euro Mediterranean Partnership of Local and Regional Authorities (COPPEM) was established on the occasion of the 1st Plenary Assembly of its Members (Palermo, November 2000). In December 2002, on the occasion of the 3rd Plenary Assembly, the COPPEM non-profit international association was formally established. It is composed of 101 full members and of 101 alternate members, representing municipalities, provinces, local authorities, and regions of the 35 Euro-Mediterranean countries, appointed by their national association. In general, the purpose of COPPEM is to promote both dialogue and cooperation for local development between towns, municipalities, local authorities and regions of the member countries of the Euro Mediterranean partnership and their active and concrete participation in achieving the objectives established within the Barcelona Declaration of 1995.


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