The NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization consists of regional experts in local and intergovernmental finances representing member associations. The host association for this Task Force is the National Association of Local Governments of Bulgaria (NAMRB).
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The World Bank Group's Subnational Development Program (SND) provides financing and access to capital markets to local governments (municipalities, provinces, regions) and their public companies. It acts as a catalyst to enhance their capacity and creditworthiness without central government guarantees. SND helps sub-national entities to expand and improve infrastructure and other public services. Financial products include guarantees, loans, or equity investments, and may be available in local currency. Local governments and public companies can manage the investments directly or in the context of public-private partnerships.
The second meeting of the Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization took place in Sofia on 15 and 16 November, 2007. It was hosted by the National Association of Bulgarian Municipalities (NAMRB). The purpose of the meeting was to decide about the presentation of the Task Force at the NALAS General Assembly on December 13 and 14, to present current situation in the fields of budget negotiations and fiscal decentralization in the respective countries, as well as to agree on the next steps in the implementation of 2 projects developed by the Task Force: Budget Negotiations and Municipal Cost Estimation.
National experts, association members and liaison officers came to Skopje to form the NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralization. This Task Force will be hosted by the National Association of Municipalities from the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB) and over the next years will produce relevant and valuable products for all member associations.
The NALAS Executive Director, together with the IT and Knowledge Centre Manager, visited the Association of Albanian Municipalities in Tirana on May 18, 2007. Meeting were held with the AAM staff, Council of Europe office in Tirana, Ministry of Interior, World Bank, UNDP and the EC delegation in Albania.