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The Union of Municipalities` Assembly and Executive Board session

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The third Assembly and the fifth Executive Board session was held on 22 January 2016 in Podgorica.
The Assembly session was chaired by Mr.Slavoljub Stijepovic, President of the Assembly of the Union of Municipalities, and the Executive Board session was chaired by Mr.Aleksandar Bogdanovic, President of the Executive Board.
The Proposal of the Union of Municipalities` Financial plan 2016 was discussed at a joint session of the Executive Board and the Assembly of the Union, presented by the Secretary General Mr.Refik Bojadzic. It was noted that the Financial plan for 2016 is prepared on the basis of data on planned and realized revenues and expenditures for 2015 and the planned activities that UoM will implement during 2016.
After discussion,the Financial Plan of the Union of Municipalities for 2016 was unanimously adopted by the Assembly.
The Union of Municipalities` Public Procurement Plan for 2016 was considered by the Executive Board, as an act that represents the operationalization of the Financial Plan of the Union for 2016, elaborated by the Secretary General Mr.Refik Bojadzic. The Plan, among other, has emphasized the planned purchase of business premises for the Union of Municipalities in order to ensure conditions for the work of the Committees and the Secretariat of the Union.
The Union of Municipalities` Public Procurement Plan for 2016 was unanimously adopted by the Executive Board.
The Executive Board discussed the Opinion on the Draft Law on Urban Planning and Construction, which was prepared by the Union of Municipalities` Committee for Urban Planning and Communal Services. The Opinion on the Draft was presented by Mr.Oliver Markovic, President of the Committee. He praised as a good solution in the Draft Law concerning the simplification of administrative procedures and establishment of electronic system for issuing building permits. But, he said that the Draft Law does not provide the mechanisms to ensure that in the process of drafting and adoption of a planning document the protection of the private interest is not exercised to detriment the public interest. In addition, he stressed that exemption from fees for facilities construction of general interest in private property, which are used for investors` earning profits goes to the burden of local governments, as an investor through its activities burdens infrastructure and causes the need to increase the capacity of municipal infrastructure. He especially has emphasized the problems that local governments will face in the area of financing of construction land development after the abolition of fees for construction, as by the Draft Law is planned to be implemented starting from 2020. He also stressed that the Committee agreed to introduce a principle that upon issuance of a building permit investor performs construction at their own risk and responsibility.
Members of the Executive Board in the discussion supported the Opinion on the Draft prepared by the Committee, with the assessment that it should be continued to work on improving the proposed solutions given in the Draft Law, because their adoption could lead to a significant reduction of local governments`revenues, while retaining the obligation for the municipal budget in part the obligations of the construction land development.uo

In this regard, the Executive Board has supported the proposal to organize a special thematic session or a round table with representatives of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, as the lawmakers, which would further consider some solutions in the Draft Law.

The Executive Board has appointed three representatives of the Union of Municipalities for the National Council for Sustainable Development and discuss other issues under its jurisdiction and on this occasion took respective decisions.

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