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OLA'S HISTORY (2008-present)

Created 28 January 2008 by the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, then chaired by Michel Delebarre, OLA (Observatory on Local Autonomy) is a network of researchers and national or local civil servants, all specialised in the study of local autonomy (i.e. “decentralisation”) and the management of local government.

The network brings together 70 research teams, one or more per Member State of the European Union, and 9 others in Albania, Iceland, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, San Marino, Serbia, Russia and Turkey. Our aim is to cover all the European States by the end of 2017.

In times of economic crisis, multi-level governance—and, in particular, the shift toward more local government—is often seen as one of the best solutions for the reform and modernisation of local government activities, all in the name of territorial cohesion.

Municipalities and regions are not only closer to everyday matters and to citizens, but government activities at this level are also seen as more efficient and effective.

With its close ties to territorial cohesion and economic/sustainable development, local government now seems like the best option for achieving a unified European society.

With a particular emphasis on listening to and discussing with elected officials, the OLA network has partnered with the Council of European Municipalities and Regions  (Lien externe - Ouverture dans une nouvelle fenêtreCEMR).

OLA is therefore a network of experts which has the willingness to work not only with E.U., national, and local institutions, but also with any NGO and “think tank” whose area of interest and primary aims correspond to those of OLA.

OLA's primary aims are the following:

- study local autonomy (i.e. “decentralisation”), multi-level governance, the management of local government, as well as other issues arising from these themes

- disseminate the findings of this research

- reach out to policy makers or civil servants in this domain to increase awareness of the issues at stake.

OLA's governing bodies, elected for two-year terms, are composed of:

- a General Assembly, made up of the different supervisors of each local team (currently 64 members);
- and an Executive board, elected by the General Assembly and currently made up of 11 members (2015-2017)





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