The past 3 of April of 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the first local elections in Spain. Sponsored by the Local Government and the Changing Urban-Rural Interplay project (European Commission 823961 – LoGov), professors Tinashe Chigwata (UWC-Cape Town) and Alfonso Egea (UAM-Madrid) visited the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) headquarters in Madrid. We met Mercedes Sánchez, Deputy Director of International Relations, to address the issues on the political agenda of FEMP.
FEMP is now in the process of reelecting their members and governing bodies. Despite of this fact, FEMP is working on a political agenda with pressing issues such as the financial system of local government, the Agenda 2030 and the interplay with urban agendas and social cohesion. FEMP is working intensively in promoting the local government interests to the European arena though a better cohesion policy and a more intense relationship with the Committee of the Regions.
The meeting at FEMP was an opportunity to understand the proceedings and division of labour within the institution and its singular legal status being a non-profit entity defending public interests.