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

    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.

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  • Cost Estimation of Municipal Services in South East Europe 04.08.2008

    Decentralization is a process of transfer of services and powers from a state to its municipalities. The provision of new services requires adequate financial resources. The shift from hierarchical subordination of municipalities to equal relations with the state implies that the quantity of such resources should be agreed at the negotiation table. In order to uphold local interests, the representatives of municipalities should be equipped with knowledge and tools so as to come up with the actual (full) costs for rendering decentralized services. Some of the cost elements are often hidden in other functions (e.g. administrative costs) or they are simply omitted in the negotiation process. The lack of such information and knowledge has adverse impact on the state transfer system and frequently leads to unfunded services at local level.

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  • Cost Estimation of Municipal Services of South East Europe 04.08.2008

    knc211 As a result of the awareness of the new needs for local authorities in South East Europe, the NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization gathered experts and resources to develop cost estimation model of mainstream municipal services. This publication offers methods of cost estimation of municipal services that include operational (investment) costs,are simple and relatively easy to apply and still allow country-specific adjustments.

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  • Recession support for councils 29.07.2008

    recessionsupport The Local Government Association has gathered and published very valuable resources for addressing the current crisis by the local councils. The resources include frequently asked questions, policy and lobbying, research by LGA and guidelines on this topic.

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  • Role of Local Government Associations of South East Europe in Training Delivery to Local Authorities 23.07.2008

    roletraining During February 2008, NALAS surveyed its members to gather facts and best practices, challenges and recommendations for strengthening their training capacities. The survey covered several important issues, such as the development and implementation of a National Training Strategy, Training Delivery, the Training Capacities of Associations and the funding of training; it identified good and bad experiences and set out key questions in all these fields. This Survey Report, The Role of Local Government Associations in Training Delivery at Local Level, presents the most significant findings and offers policy recommendations.

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  • NALAS PCM Training, held in Ptuj, Slovenia, 16-17 July 2008 16.07.2008

    pcm1 NALAS workshop on Project Cycle Management was organized on 16-17 July in Ptuj, Slovenia, in cooperation with Oikos, Slovenian consultancy company. The event was hosted by the Slovenian Association of Municipalities (SOS), while the participants were representatives of NALAS member associations’ staff responsible for project preparation and implementation. The purpose of the workshop was to get acquainted with Slovenian experiences on the use of EU funds, as well as to learn through tips and tricks on programming, funds available, preparation of project proposals and budgets according to the EU rules, as well as on the establishment of winning consortia.

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  • NALAS PCM Training, held in Ptuj, Slovenia, 16-17 July 2008 16.07.2008

    NALAS workshop on Project Cycle Management was organized on 16-17 July in Ptuj, Slovenia, in cooperation with Oikos, Slovenian consultancy company. The event was hosted by the Slovenian Association of Municipalities (SOS), while the participants were representatives of NALAS member associations’ staff responsible for project preparation and implementation.

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  • Improvement of Local Property Tax Administration in South East Europe 09.07.2008

    Local governments’ fiscal autonomy is very much defined by the scope of our own source revenues. Our own revenues limit the dependence of municipalities on the intergovernmental transfers and shared revenues received from the national budget. Local taxes, user charges and fees empower municipalities to develop their own policies by tapping these potential revenue sources: local tax autonomy makes the collection more effective and authorizes municipalities to introduce their own social policy measures. These sources of revenue also increase the local governments’ accountability: taxpayers usually control municipal spending decisions more carefully when expenditures are financed through local taxes.

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  • Improvement of Local Property Tax Administration in South East Europe 09.07.2008

    knc134 This publication contains guidance on the most critical tasks needed to improve local tax administration with a comparative analysis of the situation in SEE. It provides practical advice by specifying methods used for property identification, assessment of property and techniques of local property tax collection and enforcement. It presents good practices on property administration within the countries of South East Europe. Recent successful international programs in some SEE countries are also described.

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  • First NALAS IT and PR Meeting in Ohrid, 6-8 July 2008 06.07.2008

    itprgroup In an effort to network its member associations on multiple levels, NALAS gathered Information Technology (IT) and Public Relations (PR) experts from the member associations in Ohrid, between 6 and 8 July 2008. The meeting was part of the activities of the NALAS Task Force on Association Development. In addition, the meeting was an effort to establish new communication channels for exchange of information between NALAS Knowledge Center and the member associations.

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