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NALAS Position Paper “SEE Tourism Goes Local”

March 9, 2015

SEE Tourism Goes Local- web-1The purpose of this Position Paper is to a) build a common understanding of what is sustainable tourism development at local level in South Eastern Europe (SEE); b) encourage sustainable tourism planning and development across SEE through deploying the potential of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS); c) build a common reference point for local municipalities and local government associations (LGA’s), recognizing tourism as a relevant economic option which, in order to be successful, needs to be carefully planned and managed for continuous use in the future while still bringing benefits to the present.

Building on the opportunities provided by the steady growth of international tourism, the Position Paper presents the vision, general principles, objectives, actions and recommendations to encourage the implementation of sound policies by municipalities and LGAs. It also strives to help NALAS to disseminate its practice throughout the SEE in line with its principles of promotion of the process of decentralisation in South-East Europe and carrying out regional initiatives.

Meeting of the Network of Municipal Project Managers in Montenegro

December 24, 2014

projekt menadzeriA three-day workshop and plenary meeting of the Network of municipal project managers were organized in the period from 10 to 12 December 2014 in Budva. The meeting was organized by the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro and the Technical Assistance Project “Local government capacity building in the implementation of municipal development grants” funded by the European Union.

Call for providing consultancty services for the trainings schemes development within the Project “Local Leaders in Southeast Europe: Lead for Change – LL SEE”

December 8, 2014

NALAS logoNetwork of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS) jointly with the German Development Agency GIZ launched the project “Local Leaders in Southeast Europe:” Lead for Change “- LL SEE”.

The project aims to strengthen the municipal and water utilities capacities in the field of management, leadership and cooperation, with special emphasis on the improvement of municipal services and the absorption capacities of relevant international funds.

The project is composed of 7 working packages, and one is related to the trainings and is aimed to create a relevant regional national training schemes.

Regional Conference “Minority Protection in South East Europe”, Skopje, 26-27 November 2014

November 28, 2014

38263216200-2014-11-28(3) (5) small First regional Conference on “Minority Protection in South East Europe” was organized by Council of Europe on 26-27 November 2014 in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Joint Council of Europe and European Union project “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe” is aimed to improve access to rights for minorities at various levels of government based upon Council of Europe standards in this field and in particular on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

Call to the Municipalities and Utility Companies to Participate in the Project

November 5, 2014

German Agency for International Development (GIZ) through the Open Regional Fund for the Modernization of Municipal Services (MMS ORF) and with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is implementing the project “Solid Waste Data Collection in South East Europe.”

The main objective of the project is that the public utility companies and municipalities in South East Europe build capacity for the effective use of data on collected, treated and disposed municipal waste.

Regional call “Municipal Initiatives in the field of Gender Equality and Youth”

November 5, 2014

NALAS-logoNALAS invites Local Governments and Local Government Associations in South East Europe to share good practices on Gender and Youth and nominate them for receiving the GENiYOUTH Municipal Initiatives awards. Nominations are welcomed in electronic form at the e-mail address geniyouth@nalas.eu, latest by 19 December 2014, in English language.

Montenegro’s road to Europe: local leaders hail progress and declare intent to support reform momentum

October 27, 2014

viber image Local and regional leaders from the EU and Montenegro have declared their commitment to continuing to drive forward reform as part of the ongoing accession negotiations. Despite the European Commission suggesting that there would be no further countries joining the EU over the next five years, the leaders – who make up the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) – hailed the progress of reform and called for further funds to be invested locally to further stimulate change.

Union of Municipalities of Montenegro involved in the implementation of the regional project “Collecting data on solid waste in South East Europe”

October 20, 2014

New Image The Union of Municipalities of Montenegro is involved as a partner in the implementation of the regional project “Collecting data on waste in the South East Europe.” The main objective of the project is to improve the capacity of public utilities and municipalities in Southeastern Europe in the effective use of data collected, treated and delayed waste, and therefore in better planning of waste management at the local level. The project is implemented by the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS), Association for Waste Management in Serbia and the Association of Public Utility Companies in B&H (Aquasan), with financial support of MMS ORF (Open Regional Fund for Modernization of Municipal Services) and SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation). Partners on the project are associations of local authorities, associations of public utilities and the National Agencies for Environmental Protection of the four partner countries: Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska, Macedonia and Serbia.

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

October 14, 2014

photo (2)October 14 2014 – The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will meet in 27th session in Strasbourg, France, from 14 to 16 October 2014.
Session of Congress is attended by a member of the Montenegrin delegation in Congress, Mrs. Marija Catovic, Mayor of Municipality Kotor.
The new president of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities – Mr.Jean Claude Frecon, a member of the French delegation in Congress, who will perform the duty the next two years, was elected.

Open Days, Brussels- Participation of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro

October 7, 2014

photo 2 From 6-9 October 2014, some 6,000 representatives from Europe’s regions and cities gathered in Brussels for the 12th annual OPEN DAYS to exchange their views on how making the reformed EU Cohesion Policy a reality for job creation and growth.
Under the slogan “Growing together – Smart investment for people” representatives of EU regional and local authorities met with experts, policy-makers and practitioners from the public and private sectors.
The Union of Municipalities of Montenegro and the Municipality of Kotor, together with 13 partners from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, were partners in Adriatic-Ionian Macroregional Partnership titled EU Strategy for the Adriatic Ionian Region – The Role of the Regions in the Implementation.