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Promotion of public ethics and good governance at the local level in the focus of the Council of Europe`s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities` 31st session

October 19, 2016

img_8985The 31st session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is held from 19th to 21st October 2016 in Strasbourg. This year’s topic in the focus of the Congress is “Ethics and transparency at local and regional level.”



Environment and energy efficiency in the focus of the meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee between the EU Committee of the Regions and Montenegro

September 15, 2016

zso-15-09-2016The 7th meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee between the EU Committee of the Regions and Montenegro was held in Bar on 15th September 2016.
On behalf of the host, Mr. Zoran Srzentic, Mayor of the Municipality of Bar, welcomed the participants, highlighting the importance of the topics for local governments.
The meeting was opened by the co-chairman Mr.Aleksandar Bogdanovic, Mayor of Old Royal Capital Cetinje and President of the Executive Board of the Union of Municipalities and by Mr.Hugh McGrath, a member of the Council of District Triperi, Ireland.



Meeting of the Delegation of the Union of Municipalities with the Mayor of the Municipality of Neum

April 6, 2016

Sastanak sa Nacelnikom Neuma_april 2016On the sidelines of a joint workshop on the development of measures and recommendations of regional policy in the framework of the project “Solid waste management in border rural and coastal areas of the South East Europe”, held on 5-6. April 2016 in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Coordinator of the Network of Municipal Project Managers Mr.Darko Mrvaljevic and Advisor for Spatial Planning and Communal Affairs Ms.Sanja Zivkovic met the Mayor of the Municipality of Neum Mr.Zivko Matusko and his associates.



The springing session of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

March 24, 2016

sjednica KLRVE 24 mart 2016 Strazbur The 30th sessions of the Congress of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe, devoted to issues of ethics and transparency at local and regional level will take place from 22 to 24 March 2016 in Strasbourg.

The Congress will consider the integration of migrants at local level, as well as issues relating to “internally displaced persons: the hidden face of the refugee crisis.” Agenda includes two thematic debates on the role of local government, one relates to the fight against human trafficking and other challenges in the creation of intercultural societies at the local level.



Delegation of the Union of Municipalities on “Enlargement Day ” in Brussels

November 16, 2015

brisel 16.11With the aim of raising awareness of the local and regional dimension of the enlargement process, the Committee of the Regions has organized an event called “Enlargement Day” on 16 November 2015 in Brussels. This event provides an opportunity for politicians from the local level of the countries that are in the process of accession to the EU to meet with members of the Committee of the Regions and senior officials of other EU institutions, and discuss the challenges they face in the accession process.



The fifth session of the Joint Consultative Committee between Montenegro and the Committee of the Regions

November 3, 2015

IMG_2292 (2)The fifth session of the Joint Consultative Committee between Montenegro and the Committee of the Regions was held in Cetinje on 3rd November 2015, organized by the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro and the EU Committee of Regions, held the fifth meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee Committee of the Regions of the EU and Montenegro.

The session was co-chaired by Mr.Aleksandar Bogdanovic, Mayor of Cetinje and Mr.Hughie McGrath, a member of the Council of County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland. The session disscused on the Committee’s previous work of the current issues related to the local government system in Montenegro, in the context of European integration, and on perspective of joint action in this regard.



Autumn session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

October 21, 2015

StrazburThe 29th session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe was held from 20-22 October in Strasbourg. Main session topic was “Local response to the challenges in the field of human rights – Migration, discrimination and social inclusion.

The session of the Congress attended by the members of the Delegation of Montenegro – Mr.Aleksandar Zuric, Head of Delegation and Mayor of the Municipality of Bijelo Polje and Ms.Sonja Nikcevic, president of the Assembly of the Municipality of Niksic, as well as Mr.Refik Bojadzic, Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities and Ms. Vanja Starovlah, Secretary of the Montenegrin Delegation in Congress.



A new business planning tool for asset management will improve water utilities’ work

October 15, 2015

AM_Bg4The lack of proper maintenance of existing assets of the water sector, continuous postponing of maintenance and invisibility of maintenance until something goes wrong are only a few of the reasons of mismanagement in the water sector that motivated NALAS and its partners, including Union of Municipalities of Montenegro, to work on a business planning decision supporting tool for Asset Management. At a kick-off meeting held on 14 October 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia, with participation of some forty Mayors, directors and staff of water utility companies, the importance of asset management was discussed and the business planning tool was presented.
“Within the Asset Management Project, NALAS has developed number of tools that can help local governments and public utility companies to start implementation of the Asset Management method, such as a Toolkit on Asset Management, online course and reports on asset management practices. Further on, the business planning decision support tool for asset management is expected to help public utility companies and local governments bring argumented business decisions that will ensure effective and efficient operation”, said Miodrag Kolic, NALAS Project Manager.



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

June 9, 2015

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.



ANNOUNCEMENT – NALAS is seeking for competent Regional Expert on Municipal Solid Waste Management

April 8, 2015

NALAS logoThe responsibility for municipal waste within the region of SEE primarily lies with the public sector, therefore, it is very important to provide an evidence based policy recommendations and the most efficient measures for meeting the targets imposed by EU directives. The challenges faced today by solid waste managing entities go beyond simple quantification and characterization of the collected wastes. These challenges involve not only regulatory and law abiding, but also performance assessment by quantification of the system’s efficiency. Comparative analysis of the current status of the municipal solid waste management in SEE provided by the Benchmarking could contribute in this regard at the regional level.

Benchmarking on Solid Waste Management in SEE will provide national and local policy makers, researchers, and interested external observers with reliable comparative data on municipal solid waste management in South East Europe.