Almost 200 mayors from South East Europe used the occasion of NEXPO 2011 to discuss common challenges, present innovative approaches and agree together upon a joint Declaration on Local Governments Facing the Future: Good Governance, Social Inclusion and European Integration. This Declaration is addressed to the European Union, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the national governments in SEE, the associations of local authorities and their networks and recommends a stronger role of local governments and their associations in the EU integration process, and in the utilisation of the IPA and other funding mechanisms