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Western Balkans and Europe 2020 Regional Coordination Conference “Role of Local Governments” Kelmend Zajazi, NALAS Executive Director 31 st March 2011, Brussels. OBJECTIVES. About NALAS Message from NEXPO Sarajevo 2011 2020 Agenda – Challenges and Opportunities. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Western Balkans and Europe 2020Regional Coordination Conference

    Role of Local GovernmentsKelmend Zajazi, NALAS Executive Director31st March 2011, Brussels

  • About NALAS

    Message from NEXPO Sarajevo 2011

    2020 Agenda Challenges and OpportunitiesOBJECTIVES

  • Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe

    15National Associations4000Local authorities80Million citizens

  • NALAS structure:

  • Priorities:5 Task Forces: Fiscal Decentralsation, Urban Planning, Energy Efficiency, Solid Waste and Water Management, Sustainable TourismOver 60 experts and practitioners40 Projects developed

  • Products

  • Guidelines on Local Borrowing(best practices/models)

  • Central government reduce public spending; cut transfers to local government

    Decline of real economic activity, leading to lower local government revenues from shared taxes and own sources

    Unemployment rises, increasing the pressure on local governments to provide social services and various forms of reliefCHALLENGES: Global crisis affecting local governments in SEE

  • Global ChallengesGlobal financial crisisEnergy crisisClimate changePolitical instability prolonged transition

    OPPORTUNITY: urge for changes / awareness

  • NALAS response to crises:

    Nov 2008: Tirana, Policy Brief, July 2009: Durovnik Declaration, June 2010: Sofia, Monitoring

    - Predicted that public expenditure will be under pressure long after crisis ends.

    NALAS recommendations (highlights of Dubrovnik Declaration):

    Improve efficiency of public services

    Optimize network of service facilities

    Make best use of EU funds (Clarify procedures, consolidate, redirect, etc.)

    Improve inter-governmental dialogue

  • Bottom-line:

    Good Governance - efficiency and effectiveness of public service needs to be increased, to keep same level of services. Do more and better with less.

    NEW growth model for Western Balkans?

    ANSWER: Increase role of local government unlock potentials

    Why local government dimension?

    Leverage bypass political processes deadlockTo mobilize local resources increase impact of invested Quick reconciliation towards regional stabilityBring economic development to all territories

    Response to Global challenges Europe 2020

  • 200 Mayors, 1500 local government representatives:

    1 Include local gov. dimension in strategic and operational planning for EU enlargement2. Involve LG and their associations in consultation3. Make pre accession financing available to local governmentsNALAS Sarajevo DECLARATION 10 March 2011

  • Ongoing Negotiations

    EC, DG EnlargementCommittee of the RegionsRCC, CEMR, AFCCRE, CoEEnergy Cities

    Priority issues:1. Role of local governments in EU Integration2. Role of local governments and associations in pre-accession funds (IPA) 2014 - 20193. Covenant of Mayors Office for Western Balkans *

  • THANKSfor your attention.

    Kelmend ZajaziExecutive Director

    NALAS Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East EuropePhone +389 2 3090818 info@nalas.euwww.nalas.eu

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