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  • Disaster for the municipalities By Jan Dams 01.12.2010

    By Jan Dams “Die Welt” (Germany), 5th January 2010 In order to reduce the heavy burden of interest, hundreds of communities have resorted to investing in high-risk financial products. Pforzheim is now threat-ened with the loss of nearly 80 million euro. Now the city wants to reclaim the money from the banks. However it has a very thin chance of success.

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  • Solid Waste Management Group Meeting in Zagreb, 30 November 2010 30.11.2010

    NALAS Task Force on Solid Waste Management Meeting took place in Zagreb, Croatia on the 30th November – 1st December 2010. It was organized together with the SWIS Project meeting for reviewing the First Draft of the Baseline Report. The meeting was hosted by the Association of Municipalities of the Republic of Croatia. Central points of the discussions were the approved for financing NALAS project proposals Development of a Manual for Efficient Sanitary Landfill Management (ESLM) and Development of a Cost and Financing Model in Solid Waste Management (C&M), and the ongoing project Development of a Model/Methodology for the Establishment of an Integrated Information System on Solid Waste Management in SEE (SWIS). Short term TF SW activity planning was done with a view to the soonest upcoming events.

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  • Energy Efficiency Task Force Meeting in Tirana, 23-24 November 2010 23.11.2010

    NALAS Task Force on Energy Efficiency met in Tirana, Albania, on the 23-24th of November 2010. The meeting was devoted to the TF EE strategic planning based on the sum-ups of the Survey “Energy Efficiency Measures in South-East European Municipalities and the Role of National Associations and NALAS”. It gathered in total 14 participants. The main topics for discussions of the meeting were content and format of the Report, the project follow on steps, and TF EE evaluation process.

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  • Urban Planning Task Force meeting in Belgrade, 5-6 November 2010 05.11.2010

    tfupbelgrade2 The second meeting of NALAS Task Force on Urban Planning for the year 2010 took place in Belgrade, Serbia, on the 5-6th November 2010. The meeting was preceded by the Kick off meeting of the Comparative Analysis of the Legal Frameworks for Urban Planning in the Different Member States of NALAS – II Phase Project. Both meetings were hosted by the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Republic of Serbia. Central point of the discussions was land management and land ownership issues of the local government units and the role of the local government associations in facilitating them. A project proposal idea was brainstormed and its main parameters were determined. Short term actions were defined and planned.

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  • Exchange of experience between SCTM and UOM in the field of integration of informal settlements and legalization 07.10.2010

    Seminar on integration of informal settlements and legalization took place on October 7th 2010 at SCTM premises in Belgrade. It was the exchange of experience between SCTM Committee for urban planning and housing and OUM Committee for urban planning and communal services. Representatives of relevant ministries of both countries were present. The event was supported by GTZ project Land Management from Montenegro. Participants had an opportunity to get acquainted with typology and main causes of occurrence of illegal settlements in Belgrade, presented by local experts. The results of the NALAS pilot project „Urban integration of informal settlements in Prijedor“ were presented by representative of municipality of Prijedor, Republika Srpska.

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  • Covenant of Mayors in the Western Balkans 21.09.2010

    A very supportive letter was received by the Director General of the European Commission's DG Enlargement Michael Leigh supporting the proposed extension of the Covenant of Mayors to the Western Balkans. Series of meetings were held with the European Commission units in Brussels as actions to promote further the extension. Representatives of DG Energy, DG Enlargement, the Local Adminstration Facility Program of TAIEX were visited to support the initiative and to lobby for opening of Covenant of Mayors Office (CoMO) in the Western Balkans. With the support of Energy Cities, NALAS will become Supporting Sructure for the Covenant, as a step towards establishing of CoMO in SEE with IPA financial support.

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  • The First International Forum on Energy Management at Local Level 16.09.2010

    The Forum was organized by the Central European Development Forum (CEDEF). The organizer has launched several programs in energy efficiency area, with intention to work on public awareness of electrical energy consumption rationalization and its importance for the modern society. The event took place in Nis, Serbia, on the 16-17th September 2010. NALAS presented Study: EE Measures in SEE Municipalities and the Role of National Associations, with emphasis on the outcome – the Sofia Covenant of Mayors in Western Balkans Declaration and informed about upcoming NEXPO’11. Possibilities for further cooperation and dissemination activities were discussed with CEDEF.

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  • Solid Waste Management Group Meeting in Istanbul, 8-9 July 2010 08.07.2010

    NALAS Task Force on Solid Waste Management Meeting took place in Istanbul, Turkey on the 8-9th of July 2010. This meeting was about the project activities that are being implemented by NALAS TF SW. Central points of the discussions were the approved NALAS Project Development of a Model/Methodology for the Establishment of an Integrated Information System on Solid Waste Management in SEE. It was approved for financing by GTZ ORF-MS and is going to be managed by SCTM. Project proposals Development of a Manual for Efficient Sanitary Landfill Management (ESLM) and Development of a Cost and Financing Model in Solid Waste Management (C&M) were discussed, improved and deposited for approval to GTZ - ORF. Statistics from the TF SW activities evaluation were presented to the participants. Based on the TF SW evaluation, activities and preparation processes will be tuned accordingly so better added value of the meetings is achieved.

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  • Fiscal Decentralization Task Force Meeting in Skopje, 28-29 June 2010 28.06.2010

    The NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization meeting took place in Skopje, Macedonia on 28-29 June. The main topic on the meeting’s agenda was the presentation and discussion of the NALAS Final Report on Developing a Municipal Finance Database in South Eastern Europe: the Preparatory Phase. During the meeting, the report was improved with the input of the participants and two ideas for follow-up phases were developed. Also, other three new projects ideas on different topics related with the most pressing issues in NALAS countries were selected from a bigger number of ideas to be further developed by the experts/associations that took commitment to write the first draft of the projects.

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  • Regional Vienna Declaration Review Meeting 03.06.2010

    NALAS TF UP members participated in the Regional Vienna Declaration Review Meeting on the 3-4th June. It was hosted by UN HABITAT and the Hungarian Urban Planning Society. NALAS presented the results of the Pilot Projects Integration of Informal Settlements. The experience shared will be taken into consideration for implementation of the Vienna Declaration on Informal Settlements. At the presented UN HABITAT Regional Capacity Strengthening Programme for sustainable Integration of Informal Settlements (RCSP) – Implementation Phase (2010 – 2013) NALAS is mentioned as a strategic partner and one priority of the Programme is dedicated to it.

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