January – March 2019

M4EG Acting Members Study the Experience of the Netherlands in Local Economic Development

30 representatives of most successful M4EG Acting Members took part in a study visit to the Netherlands under the Mayors for Economic Growth Initiative in February 2019. The knowledge and best practices gained during the visit, as well as newly established partnerships, will provide a solid ground for a more efficient implementation of the participants’ Local Economic Development Plans.   

The first Staff Exchange missions between Western European Municipalities and Eastern Partnership region started taking place

On 18 March the first staff Exchange Mission was organized by the M4EG Secretariat, taking a Polish practitioner to L’viv, Ukraine, to help the city establish an Entrepreneurship Support Centre.

At least 8 more weeklong visits are scheduled to take place till the end of 2019, with civil servants from Poland, Latvia, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Italy visiting cities, towns, and villages of Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. During their stay, they will be bringing in European expertise and best practices across a range of issues, including tourism development, attracting foreign investment, wood work and IT industry development, building local agricultural value chains, organizing local festivals, creating a regional brand, and performing territorial marketing.

We’ll be following these stories and keeping you informed of the outcomes.

"Georgia Today", a leading periodical for the international community in Georgia, has visited the M4EG Central office in Tbilisi and talked to the M4EG Secretariat Team Leader, Mr. Peter Korsby about the Initiative.

The full interview can be found here

How does the M4EG approach get internalized in different participating countries, and what are the specificities of the M4EG implementation in different national contexts?

Read the interviews of five M4EG Country Teams, and learn more about what has been going on in the field 2 years after the Initiative rollout. “Local Insights


The online version of the M4EG practical training on Local Economic Development Planning is now available at the M4EG official website in 6 languages.

The online course is built on the tailor-made capacity building programme developed for the M4EG Signatories and delivered to them by European experts. The course is operational in the English, Russian, Armenian, Georgian, Romanian and Ukrainian languages.


The M4EG Initiative expands collaboration with educational institutions in the region.

One of the main objectives of the Initiative is building the capacity of local administrations in tackling local economic development issues. In trying to ensure the sustainability of its efforts, the M4EG Secretariat partners with the educational institutions in the participating countries, which offer university degrees in Economics and Public Administration, and/or provide post-university training to civil servants. American University in Armenia, the Public Administration Academy in Moldova, Georgian Institute of Public Administration and the Caucasus University of Georgia are the M4EG trusted partners, which have actively joined in to promote the M4EG objectives in their countries.

Here is the latest story from Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) is an Initiative of the European Union, which was set in operation in January 2017 within the Eastern Partnership framework. The overall goal of the project is to support Mayors and municipalities of the Eastern Partnership countries to become active facilitators for economic growth and job creation at the local level.

Mayors for Economic Growth Secretariat, Central office
(Tbilisi, Georgia):

61 Aghmashenebeli Ave., I Floor, 0102, Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone number:
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