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  • Energy Efficiency Task Force Meeting in Skopje, 1 December 2009 01.12.2009

    NALAS Task Force on Energy Efficiency met in the capital of the Republic of Macedonia Skopje on the 1st of December 2009. It was the third and the last for the year 2009 meeting and it gathered in total 12 participants, including one new member of the Task Force – the representative of the association of the Republic of Croatia. The main topic for discussions of the meeting was the proposed by the ORF-E Survey “Energy Efficiency Measures in South- East European Municipalities and the Role of National Associations and NALAS”. Meeting was about exchanging opinions and looking at the energy efficiency measures and planning processes in the NALAS member states from different perspectives. Central point of the discussions was involvement of the member associations in the proposed Survey.

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  • Resolution of the Presidium of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities of 1 December 2009 01.12.2009

    dstgb The impacts of the financial and economic crisis are increasingly being felt in the cities and towns. Tax revenues heavily drop, while social expenditure is exploding. Municipalities are to look after children and ensure security, rehabilitate schools and eliminate waste water, pay social welfare benefit and strengthen local crafts - in short, provide an attractive environment. The gap between the collapsing revenues and skyrocketing costs of the municipalities will become wider in the next few years. The financial crisis is already determined policy decisions. Given this precarious situation, the German cities and municipalities are calling for a recue system and sustainable municipal consolidation package. Click below to read the whole document.

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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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  • Resolution of the Presidium of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities of 1 December 2009 01.12.2009

    Rescue system for cities and municipalities - Boost investment power to allow growth The impacts of the financial and economic crisis are increasingly being felt in the cities and towns. Tax revenues heavily drop (or "plummet"), while social expenditure is exploding. Municipalities are to look after children and ensure security, rehabilitate schools and eliminate waste water, pay social welfare benefit and strengthen local crafts - in short, provide an attractive environment.

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  • Urban Planning Task Force meeting in Ljubljana, 15-16 October 2009 15.10.2009

    CIMG4265 The fourth and the last for the year 2009 gathering of the NALAS Task Force on Urban Planning took place in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana on the 15-16th of October 2009. It gathered in total 18 participants, some of them new members of the Task Force – the representatives of the associations of Moldova, Montenegro and Croatia. This meeting was about exchanging opinions and looking at the urban planning processes in the NALAS member countries from different perspectives. Central point of the discussions was insufficient funds available to the local governments and frequent change in the national legislations connected with urban planning.

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  • Climate Neutral Cities Forum 23.09.2009

    “Climate Neutral Cities” was the title of the international forum held in Geneva from the 23rd to the 25th of September, 2009. The forum was organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The motivation behind the forum was the significant potential available for reducing housing related greenhouse gas emissions across Europe, but also the accrued benefits of improved comfort, employment opportunities and fuel security of supply that can arise. Guest speakers examined the multidimensional approach of “Climate Neutral Cities”.

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  • Brochure “Western Balkans: How residents view their local authorities” 07.09.2009

    westernbalkansbrochure In cooperation with CEMR and Gallup, NALAS has prepared a brochure “Western Balkans: How residents view their local authorities”. It presents the most important findings from the Gallup Balkan Monitor survey at a local level, that will be published in Autumn 2009. The report summarizes findings relevant to local governments in the Western Balkans, collected in the 2008 wave of the Gallup Balkan Monitor (GBM) - a multi-year project undertaken by Gallup and the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB). It examines how changes in various aspects of life in the Western Balkans are perceived over a period of time.

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  • Dubrovnik Declaration of NALAS Local Government Associations 11.07.2009

    Over the course of the last eight months, the global economic crisis has begun to hit local governments throughout South-East Europe (SEE) with increasing intensity. NALAS has been monitoring and analyzing the situation in SEE since the beginning of the crisis. At the meeting of NALAS Presidents during 11-13 July 2009 in Dubrovnik, the Associations of Local Governments of South East Europe adopted a declaration addressing the national and local governments of South East Europe towards taking actions for mitigating the crisis.

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  • Energy Community 9th Task Force on Energy Efficiency Meeting 28.06.2009

    NALAS participated in the Energy Community 9th Task Force on Energy Efficiency Meeting in Vienna on the 28th June. There was presented the full volume of the Survey “Energy Efficiency Measures in South-East European Municipalities and the Role of National Associations and NALAS” and the Covenant of Mayors in Western Balkans Sofia Declaration. As a result from the meeting, was recommended further, stronger cooperation between NALAS and Energy Community. A meeting of the Executive Directors was appointed to take place in the third quarter of 2010. Energy Community will support the initiative to extend Covenant of Mayors to IPA countries, and Energy Community Task Force members were invited to support it as it could be a very important step for fully involvement of the SEE local authorities in the promotion of energy efficiency (these decision were reflected in the official minutes from the meeting).

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  • 20th Session of the Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency 21 Project 03.06.2009

    wwww The Energy Efficiency 21 project is a region-wide project to enhance trade and co-operation in energy efficient, environmentally-sound techniques and management practices. It is the successor of the Energy Efficiency 2000 Project that was launched in 1991 and is guided and monitored by a Steering Committee composed of delegates from national participating ministries and institutions, international organizations and donor agencies. This Steering Committee gathered at the UN Palais des Nations between 3 and 5 of June 2009 and discuss the progress of the current activities and the development of future project.

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