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Local self-governance in India a good model: EU envoy

india Updated: Nov 16, 2010 14:50 IST

European Union has shown keen interest in the Indian model of local self governance and decentralisation initiatives which it feels deserves to be taken to many other countries.

"We are interested in the local self governance models and decentralisation initiatives of India and like to implement those models in other parts of the world including Europe and Africa," EU's Ambassador to India H E Daniele Smadja said in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

"We are here to learn the best practices in the field from you," Smadja, who was here to attend a seminar on "Decentralisation and Local Government Institutions: Exchange of Best Practises" organised by EU, said.

The country, especially Kerala, was far ahead in decentralising power. Experiences of experts from India would help in implementing the decentralised development process in a better way in many other countries, she said.

"We are working in India for 20 to 30 years in various projects. The Union is spending around 100 million Euro in the country in the fields like health, education, livelihood, empowerment and vulnerable sections," she said.

The EU was also working with the state governments of Rajasthan and Chattisgarh and was supporting NGOs and agencies to implement these projects, she said, adding India was a developed country and funding from EU was not that necessary for the country now.

She said EU would be organising a seminar on local bodies and decentralisation in Delhi soon.