The European Commission aims to achieve the objectives of sustainable development and wishes to rely on local and regional authorities and their partner associations to achieve this. €500 million will be allocated to local and regional authorities by 2027 to enable them to meet the objectives of sustainable development and the fight against inequalities, and €50 million to support associations in the framework of agreements.
The European Commission has signed framework partnership agreements with five global associations of local authorities: the Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF), the Commonwealth Local Governments Forum (CLGF), Platforma/Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA).
€50 million under the NDICI-Global Europe instrument will support local authorities and their associations in designing policies to promote sustainable development at local, regional and global levels. These agreements, renewed until 2026, should help make cities safe, resilient and sustainable. They should also enable local and regional authorities and associations to make their voices heard in global and European programmes, to create synergies between them, and to improve current practices in terms of decentralised cooperation or to strengthen their capacities.