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  • The State of European Cities in Transition 25.01.2010

    Expert Group Meeting – The State of European Cities in Transition took place on the 25-26 January in Krakow, Poland. The EGM was jointly organized and facilitated by the Warsaw Office of UN-Habitat and the Institute of Urban Development (Instytut Rozwoju Miast) Poland. The EGM was hosted by the Institute of Urban Development (IRM) Poland. The main objective of the meeting was to launch the preparatory process of the State of European Cities in Transition 2010 report and agree with selected interested institutions on the annotated outline of the report. The meeting was also intended to agree on the scope of the Report, the geographical coverage; identification of sub-regions; the time schedule for the drafting process, and some partnering modalities and networking mechanisms for the preparation of the Report.

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  • Talent for Governance 18.01.2010

    During its 5th general assembly held in Istanbul on December 11, 2009, NALAS, the network of 15 local governments’ associations of South East Europe, adopted a declaration addressing the role of the local authorities of South East Europe in the EU Integration Process. This declaration is a result of a continuous commitment of NALAS and its members to an effective process of EU integration and a round table discussion at the NALAS General Assembly meeting.

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  • Fiscal Decentralization, Options for Donor Harmonisation 11.01.2010

    localgovanddec Since the beginning of the 1990s, most developing countries have embarked in a process of subsequent decentralization, combining political, administrative and fiscal aspects. In this context, the Secretariat of the Development Partners Working Group on Local Governance and Decentralization (DPWG-LGD) has commissioned a desk study in the area of Fiscal Decentralization with a focus on local taxation, in order to produce recommendations on two levels: (i) Simplification and optimization of fiscal systems and (ii) harmonization of development partners’ interventions. The desk study has been conducted by an individual consultant from Germany and used sources of information provided by the working group members as well as other sources from her professional experience.

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  • Economic and financial crisis: impact on towns and regions worse than thought! 04.01.2010

    cemr Contrary to statements by EU and international institutions that 2010 will see an economic and financial improvement, Europe's local and regional authorities fear that 2010 will be as difficult as 2009 or even worse. This is the main finding of CEMR's second survey on the impact of the crisis on Europe's towns and regions. The survey was compiled from the data provided by 32 associations of local and regional government members of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions.

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  • Citizen Participation in the Urban Planning Process 24.12.2009

    knc330 Proper planning asks for citizens’ participation. This process may be a round table or workshops or a large public debate with stakeholders direct or indirect affected or interested. The general objective of the document is to contribute in stimulating “demand” for public participation in the planning process, inviting the local major stakeholders to navigate through the a large array of techniques which in long run certainly help for a good governance in the municipalities.

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  • Introduction Of Comprehensive Participation Of Citizens As Well As Governmental And Non-governmental Organizations In The Urban Planning Process 24.12.2009

    Proper planning asks for citizens’ participation. This process may be a round table or workshops or a large public debate with stakeholders direct or indirect affected or interested. The general objective of the document is to contribute in stimulating “demand” for public participation in the planning process, inviting the local major stakeholders to navigate through the a large array of techniques which in long run certainly help for a good governance in both municipalities.

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  • NALAS Declaration on Active Involvement of Local Authorities of South East Europe in EU Integration Process 11.12.2009

    During its 5th general assembly held in Istanbul on December 11, 2009, NALAS, the network of 15 local governments’ associations of South East Europe, adopted a declaration addressing the role of the local authorities of South East Europe in the EU Integration Process. This declaration is a result of a continuous commitment of NALAS and its members to an effective process of EU integration and a round table discussion at the NALAS General Assembly meeting.

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  • Legislation and analysis of the implementation of spatial and urban planning in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Republic of Srpska and Turkey 10.12.2009

    One of the most important and biggest competencies that have been transferred from the central to the local level is spatial and urban planning. Planning is a responsibility shared by central and local authorities.

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  • Legislation and analysis of the implementation of spatial and urban planning 10.12.2009

    knc265 One of the most important and biggest competencies that have been transferred from the central to the local level is spatial and urban planning. Planning is a responsibility shared by central and local authorities. Spatial and urban planning is a continuous process that needs to be mutually coordinated in a complementary way. Likewise, it needs to be coordinated with the large number of priorities coming from different areas of competency, in particular economic and social development and environmental protection. This publication is an effort to analyse the legislation and implementation of the spatial and urban planning in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Republic of Srpska and Turkey.

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  • Course in International Co-operation and Urban Development 01.12.2009

    MUNDUS URBANO is an interdisciplinary Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in International Cooperation and Urban Development. It is jointly offered by four leading European Universities and supported by the European Commission. Full scholarships (2 years) are offered to non-EU students, Western Balkan countries and Turkey, to cover the tuition fee and all expenses of study (48 000€). However, the deadline is soon: By December 1st, 2009 for non-EU students (10 scholarship), Western Balkan countries and Turkey and by January 1st, 2010 for non-EU scholars. More information on the website below.

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