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  • Meeting of NALAS Sustainable Tourism Task Force: SEE Tourism Goes Local 27.03.2013

    ST TF1 NALAS Task Force on Sustainable Tourism met in Sveti Kriz Zacretje, Croatia on 27-28 March 2013. During the meeting, the cooperation with the National Association of Italian Communes (ANCI) has been re-integrated into the activities of the Task Force. The group drafted the content of the NALAS Position Paper “SEE Tourism Goes Local”, which aims to build a common NALAS position on what sustainable tourism at local level means, why is it important, what are the main principles that need to be followed, who are the main stakeholders, and what are the preferred actions and recommendations.

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  • Fiscal Decentralization Indicators for South-East Europe: 2006-2011 05.11.2012

    fdindicators2011 The Report has been prepared by the NALAS Fiscal Decentralization Task Force. It is the second edition of what NALAS expects to be an ongoing effort to provide national and local policy makers, researchers, and interested outside observers with reliable comparative data on municipal finances and intergovernmental fiscal relations in South-East Europe. The first edition of the report was published in March 2011 and covered the years 2006-2010. This edition extends the period under review through 2011, and deepens certain aspects of the analysis. In particular, more analysis has been done on local government spending and on the effects of the global recession --now complicated by uncertainty about European Union’s future—on the region.

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  • NALAS Conference boosts intergovernmental dialogue on the process of fiscal decentralization in South-East Europe 01.11.2012

    Budva Is the fiscal decentralisation the main strategy for the countries in South-East Europe to face the financial challenges and to reinforce investments in local communities? What are the open issues related to the process of fiscal decentralization throughout the Region? Where and how should countries direct the future of fiscal decentralization? These were some of the topics addressed within the International Conference: TheFuture of Fiscal Decentralization in South-East Europe, organized from 1-2 November 2012 in Hotel Splendid, Budva, Montenegro, by the Network of Associations of Local Government Authorities (NALAS), in partnership with the Ministry of Finance of Montenegro and the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro.

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  • Workshop on Municipal Finance Databases 03.09.2012

    FDI2012-1 This report has been prepared by the NALAS Fiscal Decentralization Task. It is the third edition of what NALAS expects to be an ongoing effort to provide national and local policy makers and analysts with reliable comparative data on municipal finances and intergovernmental fiscal relations in South-East Europe. The monitoring system of the implementation of the strategy “South East Europe 2020 - Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective” related to the measuring clear subsidiarity, multilevel governance and regional cooperation will be based on the data and analysis conducted for this report. The first edition of the report was published in March 2011 and covered the years 2006 2010. The second edition extended the period under review through 2011 and deepened certain aspects of the analysis. This edition covers the period 2006-2012. As in the previous two editions we present a comparative picture of what has been happening in the region as whole.

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  • Discussions on the changes contaxt and trends in Fiscal decentralisation in SEE 15.08.2012

    docimgcontex This publication represents a collection of policy papers developed by associations of local authorities of South East Europe in preparation for the international conference “The Future of Fiscal Decentralisation in South Eastern Europe” organized by NALAS in Budva, Montenegro on 1-2 November 2012. It also contains the speech of the President of NALAS as well as the “Budva Declaration for the Future of Fiscal Decentralisation in South East Europe” adopted at this Conference.

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  • Cost and Finance Model for Solid Waste Management in South Eastern Europe developed in NALAS project 07.08.2012

    The project Development of Cost and Finance Model for Solid Waste Management implemented by the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS) was concluded. The project was financed by GIZ Open Regional Fund on Modernisation of Municipal Services. During its implementation were elaborated tools that will help address some of the challenges in municipal solid waste management in the region. The Cost and Finance Model for Solid Waste Management in SEE is a calculation tool in the format of online application that will help the municipal management identify information on the needs of financial resources in waste management. The Model is based on European standards on solid waste management and was developed with consideration of the specificities of the municipal solid waste management in South Eastern Europe.

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  • NALAS develops a cost and financing model in Solid Waste Management in South-East Europe 27.07.2012

    SW Wshp On 27-28 July 2012 in Skopje, Macedonia, NALAS organized the workshop “Development of a cost and financing model in Solid Waste Management in South-East Europe” (CFM Project) and a meeting of NALAS Task Force on Solid Waste Management. Participants included CFM Project team, international, regional and local experts, NALAS Solid Waste Task Force Members and members of ZELS Environment Network.

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  • Sustainable Tourism in Times of Crisis 05.07.2012

    Natasa nov Representatives of the NALAS Task Force on Sustainable Tourism participated at the conference “Destination Management and Branding in the Mediterranean Region: Sustainable Tourism in Times of Crisis”. Many subjects such as marketing, management and ecological & social effects of tourism were discussed within the framework of destination management. Special focus was put on the strategies in branding efforts and successful applications of the tourism destinations located in the Mediterranean Basin and the question how the region can receive a larger share from the tourism cake. Other topics discussed within the context of the Conference are: new trends in sustainable tourism (eco-tourism, creative tourism, agro- tourism), adaptation to environmental challenges, tourism network development, the roles of local community, social effects of tourism (ethical codes etc.)

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  • NALAS Fiscal Decentralization Task Force addresses fiscal decentralization challenges in the SEE Region 27.06.2012

    Zagreb1 From 27-28 June 2012, NALAS Fiscal Decentralization Task Force held its meeting in Zagreb, Croatia. The meeting provided an overview of the developments since the last session of the Task Force, held in November 2011 in Bursa, Turkey.

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  • Workshop on Urban Planning and Land Management: Modernizing Legal and Regulatory Framework in SEE 19.06.2012

    Tirana small As part of the cooperation with the World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program, NALAS and its Urban Planning Task Force took part in the workshop on Urban Planning and Land Management: Modernizing Legal and Regulatory Framework in SEE, organized in Tirana, Albania, from 19-20 June 2012. The workshop focused on the Regulatory and Institutional Frameworks for Urban Planning in SEE and the Urban Planning Reforms, and the role of local authorities. Participants debated on what and how should be done for giving city-level planners more responsibility but also making them more responsive to the reality. Other topics included: Costs of Implementation-The Costs of Inaction; Costs of Implementation-Linking Spatial Planning with Financial Planning; World Bank Institute Urban E-learning Curriculum; and Urban Planning and Land Management Self-Assessment: purpose, scope, template/questionnaire.

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