Italian Regions and Decentralised Cooperation

Decentralized Cooperation means a series of activities that are part of the development cooperation sector, but are managed by local territorial authorities (regions, provinces, municipalities and their aggregations).
Among the forms of assistance:

  1. International Cooperation activities: that include both regional initiative programs and support projects in the territory programs (Ngo’s, associations and local authorities);
  2. Humanitarian and Emergency Aid;
  3. Development of education, awareness, training and information initiatives in regards to themes of peace realized in the territory.

Some of the interventions of cooperation are agreed on by the Ministry and the Regions. Generally, the decentralized cooperation intervenes with institutional actions such as capacity building, training, awareness, good government, territorial systems and promoting local development.
The Cooperation Office maintains constant relations with all the authorities that have specific projects in the Palestinian territories.
Italian local administrations support human society through a dense network of relationships (also referred to as (“people to people cooperation”). They maintain solid partnership relations with municipalities and other Palestinian administrations and strengthen not only institutional but also cultural and human ties.
Thanks to local collaboration, the decentralized cooperation’s specific way of operating with the human society, minor authorities and the local communities is preserved and valued.

Palestinian International Arbitration Chamber Project (PIAC)

The Palestinian International Arbitration Chamber (PIAC) project, for a total of 1.2 Million Euro and a duration of 30 months, was promoted by Region of Umbria and the University of Perugia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Directorate for Development and Cooperation) and the main organisations in the business sector.
In close cooperation with national organisations and associations of engineers, lawyers, business men and women, and chambers of commerce, the project aims to establish the necessary legislation to create the first Palestinian Arbitration Chamber; it also seeks to provide human resources and adequate structures for the delivery of high quality services, in particular through the training of qualified professionals.
The general objective is to sustain both institutional building process and Economic/ Employment development in Palestine.
The legal framework of the PIAC, based on internationally-recognised standards, will facilitate local and foreign companies willing to invest in Palestine.
The arbitration channel is recognized in the international system as an efficient and effective tool for solving economic and commercial disputes.
The project has so far:

  • Drafted the legal framework of the Palestinian International Arbitration Chamber (PIAC): statute, legislation established according to international norms, compliance to the existent law and presidential agreement;
  • Established the PIAC in Ramallah: election of the board of trustees, opening of the offices, training of a number of qualified lawyers and arbitrators starting PIAC activities.

In particular:

  • June 2013, the Statute of PIAC was adopted by the PNA Council of Ministers, in compliance with the Palestinian Legislation System; it has also been approved by the President;
  • September 2013, the PIAC offices were inaugurated, as well as the PIAC General Assembly and the Administration Council;
  • Between February and April 2014 two training courses for 2 groups of 40 arbitrators and lawyers were conducted. 22 women of a total of 140 participants joined in the training;
  • April 2014 the final conference took place in Ramallah;
  • May 2014 the II level of training courses are foreseen. 

The official start of PIAC arbitration activities are envisaged for the end of Ramadan 2014.
The technical and financial support to PIAC will be assured for the first 12 months of activity. 

Palestinian Municipalities Support Program (PMSP)

The Program known as Palestinian Municipalities Support Program(PMSP) has been promoted in 2004 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), Directorate of the Mediterranean and Middle East (DGMM), in collaboration with Italian Local Authorities which participate actively in its realization, with a total amount equivalent to 25 million Euro.
The pool between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Local Authorities is known as “Table 4+1” (T 4+1) and it is composed by the  Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the representatives of the Italian Local Authorities ( ANCI - UPI - Regional Councils and Regional Governments).
In the Palestinian Territories, the PMSP Program is coordinated by the Consulate General of Italy in Jerusalem together with the Ministry of Local Government

    Decentralised Cooperation: the role of Local Authorities and Regions (in Italian Only) 
    University Cooperation
    Cathegory Association 
    Palestinian International Arbitration Chamber Project (PIAC)