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  • Fiscal Decentralization Indicators for South-East Europe 27.07.2011

    fdreport This report has been prepared by the Fiscal Decentralization Task Force of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS). Its purpose is 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. Like its object of analysis, the report is a work in progress. It represents a first attempt by NALAS to assemble from its member associations basic data on fiscal decentralization. Over time, NALAS hopes to expand and deepen the analysis in response to requests and suggestions from both member associations and interested observers. For the moment, however, the report provides a snap shot of the structure, functions, and financing of local governments in South East Europe, as well as an overview of how intergovernmental financial relations have evolved over the economically turbulent period 2006-2010.

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  • Fiscal Decentralisation Task Force Meeting in Ljubljana, 11-12 July 2011 11.07.2011

    ljubljana-nalas NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralisation met in Ljubljana 11-12 July to hold conceptual discussions on the role and interests of the TF in the next several years.

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  • Solid Waste Management Working Group Meeting in Sofia, 17th June 17.06.2011

    NALAS Task Force on Solid Waste and Water Management met in Sofia, Bulgaria, on the 15-16th September 2011. The meeting was devoted to the TF SW strategic planning based on the changes that occurred in the financing terms of the group’s projects, and the recent projects implemented by the group. The SWIS project dissemination event also took place in the frame of the meeting.

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  • Water Management Working Group Meeting in Ljubljana, 16 June 2011 16.06.2011

    NALAS Task Force on Solid Waste and Water Management Meeting (TF SW&WM) took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on the 16-17th June 2011. It was organized together with the SWIS Project meeting for reviewing the SWIS Model and the Manual. The meeting was with the logistical support by the Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia. This meeting was about the project activities that are being implemented by NALAS TF SW&WM. The TF SW&WM meeting gathered in total 21 participants. Central points of the discussions were the new project application and implementation framework of ORF/GIZ, and the current status of NALAS projects Development of a Manual for Efficient Sanitary Landfill Management (ESLM) and Development of a Cost and Financing Model in Solid Waste Management (C&M), and the ongoing project Development of a Model/Methodology for the Establishment of an Integrated Information System on Solid Waste Management in SEE (SWIS).

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  • Urban Planning Task Force meeting in Bar, 3-4 June 2011 03.06.2011

    tfupbar The NALAS Task Force on Urban Planning met in Bar, Montenegro, on the 3-4th June 2011. The meeting was preceded by the Expert Meeting of the Comparative Analysis of the Legal Frameworks for Urban Planning in the Different Member States of NALAS – II Phase Project. Both meetings were hosted by the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro. The TF UP meeting gathered in total 21 participants. Central points of the discussions were the ongoing project and the approved for financing projects.

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  • Workshop on Modernizing Local Public Expenditure Management 11.05.2011

    As part of the cooperation with the World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program, NALAS and its Fiscal Decentralization Task Force took part in the workshop on Modernizing Local Public Expenditure Management, organized in Mavrovo, Macedonia, from 15-17 May 2012. The workshop focused on local expenditures and selected aspects of expenditures management, such as: Recurrent expenditures versus capital investment expenditures; Budget as a tool for expenditure monitoring and control; Making budgets real: planning methods, expenditure control techniques; Procuring, contracting, and regulating private providers; Price setting of local utility services; Promoting or reversing private provision of utility services, etc.

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  • Energy Cities RendezVous 06.04.2011

    energycitiesdoittogether On 6 - 8 April 2011 Energy Cities gathered political decision-makers, technical representatives, companies and academics for its Annual Rendezvous 2011. Energy Cities and the hosting City of Zagreb want to encourage European local authorities to “Do It Yourself…together”: each city has its own energy challenges and skills, but only by teaming up with others it will be well prepared for an unpredictable 21st Century.

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  • Sustainable Tourism Task Force meeting in Sarajevo, 9-11 March 2011 09.03.2011

    The Task Force on Sustainable Tourism had its founding meeting in Sarajevo, together with the first NALAS Municipal Fair NEXPO 2011. The meeting was hosted by the Association of Municipalities and Cities of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SOGFBiH), which is also the host association of the Task Force. This Task Force is supported by the National Association of Italian Communes (ANCI), and the SEE Net Programme.

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  • Energy Cities' opinion about the Energy Efficiency plan 2011 08.03.2011

    energy_efficiency_plan_2020-5da89 Energy Cities, the European Association of "local authorities inventing their energy future", published today its opinion about the Energy Efficiency plan 2011, released by the European Commission on 8 March 2011. According to Energy cities, after the Fukushima nuclear accident and the new increase of oil energy prices, time for postponing urgent decisions is definitively over. It’s really time to go towards a decentralised, democratic, responsible energy system that citizens can understand. Such a system calls for greater involvement of local authorities in energy policy making and implementation so as to give a more significant place to decentralised policies based on energy efficiency, energy savings and the use of local renewable energy and heat recovery.

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  • NEXPO Declaration of Local Governments Facing the Future 01.02.2011

    decla Almost 200 mayors from South East Europe used the occasion of NEXPO 2011 to discuss common challenges, present innovative approaches and agree together upon a joint Declaration on Local Governments Facing the Future: Good Governance, Social Inclusion and European Integration. This Declaration is addressed to the European Union, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the national governments in SEE, the associations of local authorities and their networks and recommends a stronger role of local governments and their associations in the EU integration process, and in the utilisation of the IPA and other funding mechanisms.

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