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Union of Municipalities meeting with the Monitoring mission of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

006Monitoring mission of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in the period from 9 to11 June 2015 resides in Montenegro, where will perform a series of consultative meetings with the major institutions responsible for preparing, establishing and implementing policies that is enforse the system of local self-government in Montenegro and its compliance with the European Charter of Local Self-Government.
The first in a series of meetings the Monitoring mission of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe held on 9 June 2015 in Podgorica with representatives of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro and members of the Montenegrin delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.
The meeting was attended by members of the Monitoring Mission of the Council of Europe: Mr.Gaye Doganoglu and Mr.Henrik Brade Johansen – rapporteurs on local democracy, Mr.Veith Mahdi, an independent expert, Ms.Stephanie Poirel, Secretary of the Mission and Mr.Fritz Bohm, Deputy Secretary of the Mission. The delegation of the Union of Municipalities was represented by Mr.Aleksandar Zuric, head of the Montenegrin delegation in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Mr.Refik Bojadzic, Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities, as well as members of the delegation: Ms.Sonja Nikcevic, member; Mr.Caslav Vesovic and Ms.Zenepa Ljikovic – replacing members and Ms.Vanja Starovlah, Secretary of the Motenegrin Delegation.
The Monitoring Mission’s representatives will meet with the current situation in the local government, local democracy and the rule of law at the local level in Montenegro and on its progress in relation to the fulfillment of the values established by the European Charter of Local Self-Government in comparison with the Report 2010. Based on a series of meetings the Monitoring mission will prepare a new Report on the situation of local democracy in Montenegro and will meet members of Congress at the next meeting of this important international institution.
The meeting was particularly focused on the legislative framework that regulates the issues of importance to the local self-government system, with particular reference to the current electoral legislation; local government financing system; administrative and financial supervision of local government; relations and cooperation between central and local authorities; (not) the ratification of certain articles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government; position and role of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro as national associations of local government units, and a number of other issues of importance for the preparation of the Monitoring Mission’ Report.
Union of Municipalities’ representatives especially pointed out that for the further development and enhancement of local democracy and the implementation of reforms in public administration, including local self-government in Montenegro is of the particular importance the establishment of the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government. Also, the adoption of new and amending existing legislation regulating certain issues of importance to the local government that will improve the local governments’ difficult financial situation is set out as a priority in the coming period. So in that sense, they invited members of the Monitoring mission to give special attention to the issue of the sufficiency of funds for the execution of legal duties and obligations of local governments in the Report.
Also, the adoption of new and amending legislation regulating certain issues of importance to the local government that will improve the local governments’ difficult financial situation is set as a priority in the coming period, so in that sense, Union of Municipalities’ representatives invited Monitoring mission’s members to give special attention in the Report to the issue of the sufficiency of funds for the execution of legal duties and obligations stipulated for local governments.
Monitoring mission of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities for the next few days will have a series of meetings (with the Parliament of Montenegro, relevant ministries, some municipalities, etc.), and will prepare the Report on the state of local democracy in Montenegro that will harmonize with Montenegrin partners. The Report contents will be presented to the Congress’s members at the next session in October this year.