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  • Laws on legalization and urban planning in the Republic of Srpska 01.02.2009

    This is a set of legalization decisions and urban planning laws in the Republic of Srpska, important for the Urban Integration of Informal Settlements project activities in the Municipality of Prijedor.

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  • Urban Planning Task Force meeting in Skopje, 16-18 January 2009 16.01.2009

    tfupskopje The NALAS Task Force on Urban Planning gathered in Skopje in early January to review the completed and ongoing activities of the project "Urban Integration of Informal Settlements" and to plan for the follow up activities for 2009 and beyond. Currently there are three ongoing project activities - two pilot activities in the municipalities of Sukth and Prijedor and one legislation analysis activity. All three activities are expected to continue throughout 2009 and should be completed by the end of the year.

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  • Urban Planning Task Force meeting in Skopje, 16-18 January 2009 16.01.2009

    The NALAS Task Force on Urban Planning gathered in Skopje in early January to review the completed and ongoing activities of the project "Urban Integration of Informal Settlements" and to plan for the follow up activities for 2009 and beyond. Currently there are three ongoing project activities - two pilot activities in the municipalities of Sukth and Prijedor and one legislation analysis activity. All three activities are expected to continue throughout 2009 and should be completed by the end of the year.

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  • Leading EU research institutes launch the European Energy Research Alliance 04.01.2009

    Leading European energy research institutes have joined together to found the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), with the aim of speeding up the development of the new energy technologies that Europe needs if it is to address the triple challenge of climate change, energy security and competitiveness. Between them, the 10 institutes have an annual budget for energy research and development (R&D) activities of over EUR 1,300 million. Through the EERA, the institutes will design and implement joint, pan-European research programs and promote the sharing of world-class national research facilities. The first joint programs are scheduled for launch in 2009.

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  • Local Governments of South East Europe Respond to Global Economic Crisis 28.11.2008

    NALAS members, executives of local government associations, distinguished experts in macroeconomics and Mayors from the South East Europe discussed the possible consequences of the global economic crisis on the local governments in SEE in November 2008. It was initially assessed that the spill-over effects of the global crisis are not yet strongly felt by most of the local governments in SEE. While the countries with more developed economies are already in recession, other economies might also be dragged in through reduced Foreign Direct Investments, liquidation of local assets, weaker net exports, lower remittances, exchange rates, decline of property value, etc. The discussion led to recommendations given in this policy brief.

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  • Public Participation Regional Expert 07.11.2008

    The Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) seeks a Regional Participation Expert for achieving proper public participation in the pilot urban planning projects in Sukth (Albania) and Prijedor (Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina). The Expert engagement is for 30 working days over a time period of 6 month, extendible to further 30 working days. NALAS aims to build partnerships among local authorities and their associations in SEE in order to contribute to stability and security in the region and henceforth contribute to the process of EU integration and enlargement. NALAS also aims to initiate and carry out regional initiatives for its membership with a view on strengthening the associations of local authorities in SEE in becoming a viable representative of local authorities vis-à-vis central government and being better able to provide efficient services to local governments in SEE for the benefit of the citizens of the region.

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  • Living Free and Easy 28.10.2008

    Hundreds of homeowners in California never worry about paying their electric bills on time. It's not because they are careless; it's because they live in new "zero-energy" homes that produce as much electricity as they consume. Zero-energy homes reduce energy demand by up to 70 percent using the latest energy-efficiency technologies, and generate all the electricity they need from photovoltaic solar panels. The term zero-energy home was coined by the Department of Energy (USA) as part of a program to create technologies for homes that would produce all of their own energy by 2010.

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  • Municipal Network for Energy Efficiency 17.10.2008

    The Municipal Network for Energy Efficiency (MUNEE) is a program in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States since 2001. MUNEE targets city officials, utilities and housing associations, as well as national level policy makers, compiling and disseminating energy efficiency information in local languages. The program has helped municipalities in 17 countries implement cost effective energy-efficiency measures that provide better heating in homes, schools, hospitals and municipal buildings, and that improve efficiency of municipal water supply systems.

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  • Electricity calculator 01.10.2008

    ecalcuk The electricity calculator is a tool published by BBC (UK) which gives an opportunity to choose how you would like the UK’s electricity to be generated in 2020. The calculator works out the possible impact in terms of carbon emissions, whether you managed to keep the lights on and how it will affect people’s annual bills.

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  • Energy Efficiency Task Force Meeting in Geneva, 21-22 September 2008 21.09.2008

    eegeneva NALAS gathered energy experts, municipal officials and university professors in Geneva to discuss energy challenges and plan for activities in response to some of those challenges. The meeting took place on the 20th and 21st of September 2008 and extended a visit to the United Nations office in Geneva to meet with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The energy challenges in the South-East Europe are not much different than in the rest of Europe. However, South-East Europe also suffers from severe economic and environmental problems caused by the inefficient and polluting energy systems in place.

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