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  • Fiscal Decentralization Task Force meeting in Pomorie, 5-7 June 07.06.2008

    The fifth meeting of the NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralisation was held on 5-7 June in Pomorie, Bulgaria, in the framework of the XI National meeting of the finance officers from Bulgarian municipalities „The Municipal Finance – Expectations, Real Situations and Problems”. Municipal financial experts from 8 member associations participated at the event.

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  • Fiscal Decentralization Task Force meeting in Pomorie, 5-7 June 07.06.2008

    tffdbulgaria The fifth meeting of the NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization was held on 5-7 June in Pomorie, Bulgaria, in the framework of the XI National meeting of the finance officers from Bulgarian municipalities „The Municipal Finance – Expectations, Real Situations and Problems”. Municipal financial experts from 8 member associations participated at the event. The Task Force members assisted to the plenary sessions of the annual gathering of the Bulgarian Municipal Finance Officers, and had a chance to hear more about the experiences of the Bulgarian colleagues. The main discussions were held on the topic of implementation of the municipal budgets during the 2007 and tendencies for 2008, as well as on the practical impacts of new tax powers of the municipalities during the 2008.

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  • June 5: World Environment Day 05.06.2008

    World Environment Day (WED) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. WED is hosted every year by a different city and commemorated with an international exposition through the week of June 5. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), also created in 1972, uses WED to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and public action. The host for World Environment Day 2008 was New Zealand, with the main international celebrations scheduled for Wellington. The slogan for 2008 was "CO2, Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy." New Zealand was one of the first countries to pledge to achieve carbon neutrality, and will also focus on forest management as a tool for reducing greenhouse gases.

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  • Regional Network for Efficient Use of Energy and Water Resources for South-Eastern Europe 02.06.2008

    reneur The Regional Network for Efficient Use of Energy and Water Resources for South-eastern Europe (RENEUER) is an informal network, which was established by the initiative of representatives of central and local authorities, NGOs and companies of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia and Montenegro. The goal of this network is to achieve the efficient use of energy and water resources in South-East Europe. The objective of the network is to promote the creation of favorable investment climate and market conditions for implementation of projects for energy and water efficiency improvement in support of the efforts of the Southeast European countries.

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  • Ongoing and completed activities important for the pilot Municipality of Sukth 29.05.2008

    Ongoing and completed activities important for the pilot Municipality of Sukth

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  • Manifesto for a new urbanity: the Congress has adopted the European Urban Charter II 29.05.2008

    676738529_05 The Congress adopted the European Urban Charter II: Manifesto for a new urbanity. This Manifesto conveys an ambitious and demanding message to local elected representatives, to citizens and to all those involved in urban development. In the Recommendation and Resolution adopted on 29 May 2008, the Congress called upon local authorities and governments to convert the principles underlying the Manifesto into action and public policies in order to build a Europe of sustainable and cohesive towns and cities serving its citizens.

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  • What You Need to Know About Energy 12.05.2008

    energybooklet-2 The Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Research Council recently published a 32-page booklet entitled What You Need to Know About Energy. Geared to a general audience, the booklet is the first in what will be a series of informational booklets designed to engage readers in current topics in science, engineering, and medicine. The series is part of the National Academies’ Communications Initiative.

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  • Towards Europe’s sustainable energy future... Local authorities are ready to act! 07.05.2008

    BIL_0011 Almost 200 experts, energy managers, mayors and local government employees gathered in Cork early April to discuss serious challenges on our small planet - greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and use of renewables in overall EU energy consumption. This was the 13th annual Rendezvous organized by Energie-Cites, the association of European local authorities for the promotion of local sustainable energy policies, and the Cork County Council. In addition to the conference, a final conference of BELIEF and a BISE coordinators meeting also took place to present on-going activities and develop new energy projects.

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  • Local Renewables Initiative 06.05.2008

    LocalRenewablesInitieative With the LocalRenewables Initiative, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability supports and strengthens local governments which promote the generation and supply of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the urban environment. The focus is on the roles and responsibilities of local governments as the driving force for innovation and investment in their communities.

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  • Public-Sector-Reform-What-Works-and-Why 05.05.2008

    The effectiveness of a country's public sector is vital to the success of development activities. Sound financial management, an efficient civil service and administrative policy, fair collection of taxes, and transparent operations that are relatively free of corruption all contribute to good delivery of public services. In recognition of these links, the World Bank has stepped up its support for public sector reform in recent years.

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