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Award Ceremony “Best Practice in Local Self-Government” and the Conference “Strengthening Accountability and Transparency at Local Level in Montenegro – Best Practices and Lessons Learned”

The Union of Municipalities of Montenegro and Ministry of Interior, with the support of the OSCE Office and the Netherlands Association of Municipalities – VNG organized the Award Ceremony “Best Practice in Local Self-Government” and the Conference “Strengthening Accountability and Transparency at Local Level in Montenegro” on 29 and 30 September in Budva.

This two-day event brought together representatives of local self-governments, state bodies, international organizations and diplomatic corps.

The Award Ceremony “Best Practices in Local Self-Government” was opened by: Mr. Ivan Brajović, Minister of the Interior, Mr. Sarunas Adomavicius, the Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, and Mr. Rajko Golubović, Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro. Mrs. Vanja Starovlah, member of the Selection Panel, read the Decision of the Selection Panel on Best Practices in Local Self-Government in Montenegro 2011.

Following awarded practices were presented at the Award Ceremony:

  1. In the sector of “Accountability and transparency at local level” – practice of the Municipality of Nikšić, “Strengthening transparency of local administration bodies and greater involvement of citizens in decision-making process”.
  2. In the sector of “Status and role of neighborhood districts in local self-governments units” – practice of the Municipality of Berane, “Construction of children playground in the Neighborhood District of Pešca”.
  3. In the sector of “EU projects preparation and management” award was shared by the Municipality of Danilovgrad for practice “Establishment of functional framework for the EU projects preparation and management” and the Municipality of Pljevlja for  practice “EU project preparation and management”.
  4. In the sector of “Sustainable development and environmental protection” – practice of the Municipality of Budva, “Fostering selective waste collection at the territory of the Municipality of Budva – COLLECT IT, DON’T THROW IT”.
  5. In the sector of “Improvement of the business environment in a local self-government” – practice of the Municipality of Tivat, “Micro Credits Fund as an example for improvement of the business environment in the local self-government”.

Minister Brajović and Ambassador Adomavicius delivered the awards to representatives of awarded Municipalities.

The Conference “Strengthening Accountability and Transparency at Local Level in Montenegro – Best Practices and Lessons Learned” was held on the second day of the event. The Conference was closing event of the Project “Strengthening Accountability and Transparency at Local Level inMontenegro”.

Mrs. Nicole Boot, representative of the VNG International, and Mr. Rajko Golubović, Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities presented the Project, its benefits and cooperation of Montenegrin and Dutch Associations of Local Authorities.

Mrs. Jovanka Laličić, project local expert, and Mr. Jean Eigeman, VNG International expert, were speaking at the Conference about the accountability and transparency in Montenegro, while representatives of five pilot municipalities (Podgorica, Nikšić, Bijelo Polje, Tivat, Pljevlja) were discussing at the interactive session about their projects and its implementation. The interactive session was moderated by Mr. Antony Little and Mrs. Mirjana Beara.

The Toolkit on Accountable and Transparent Service Delivery at Local Level was presented at the Conference, while Mrs. Vanja Starovlah from the Union of Municipalities presented new service that would be delivered by the National Association to its members through the Knowledge Centre. The Knowledge Centre will be available at theUnion’s web-site. For the beginning, it will deal with following topics: transparency and accountability and EU integrations.

The Project “Strengthening Accountability and Transparency at Local Level in Montenegro” was financed through the VNG International by the Dutch Government. Mr. Erik Peterson, representatives of the Dutch Embassy inBelgrade thanked all participants who were involved in the Project and he expressed readiness of the Dutch Government to finance project which would improve overall environment inMontenegro.