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  1. Western Balkans and Europe 2020Regional Coordination Conference“Role of Local Governments”Kelmend Zajazi, NALAS Executive Director31st March 2011, Brussels

  2. OBJECTIVES • About NALAS • Message from NEXPO Sarajevo 2011 • 2020 Agenda – Challenges and Opportunities

  3. Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe

  4. NALAS structure: General Assembly 2 elected officials per member Presidency President and 2 vice-presidents Committee of Liaison Officers Executive Bureau President, Treasurer, 2 Liaison Officers, Executive Director Secretariat Executive Director, IT and Knowledge Centre Manager,2 Program Officers, Administration Manager, Finance Manager Task Force Host Association, Projects Task Force Host Association, Projects Task Force Host Association, Projects Task Force Host Association, Projects Task Force Host Association Projects Pilots

  5. Priorities: • 5 Task Forces: Fiscal Decentralsation, Urban Planning, Energy Efficiency, Solid Waste and Water Management, Sustainable Tourism • Over 60 experts and practitioners • 40 Projects developed Task Force Host Association, Projects Task Force Host Association, Projects Task Force Host Association, Projects Task Force Host Association, Projects Task Force Host Association Projects Pilots

  6. Products

  7. Guidelines on Local Borrowing (best practices/models)

  8. CHALLENGES: • Global crisis affecting local governments in SEE • 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 relief

  9. Global Challenges • Global financial crisis • Energy crisis • Climate change • Political instability – prolonged transition OPPORTUNITY: urge for changes / awareness

  10. NALAS – response to crises:

  11. Response to Global challenges – Europe 2020 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 deadlock To mobilize local resources – increase impact of invested € Quick reconciliation – towards regional stability Bring economic development to all territories

  12. NALAS Sarajevo DECLARATION – 10 March 2011 200 Mayors, 1500 local government representatives: 1 Include local gov. dimension in strategic and operational planning for EU enlargement 2. Involve LG and their associations in consultation 3. Make pre accession financing available to local governments

  13. Ongoing Negotiations • EC, DG Enlargement • Committee of the Regions • RCC, CEMR, AFCCRE, CoE • Energy Cities Priority issues: 1. Role of local governments in EU Integration 2. Role of local governments and associations in pre-accession funds (IPA) 2014 - 2019 3. Covenant of Mayors Office for Western Balkans

  14. THANKSfor your attention.KelmendZajaziExecutive Director NALAS Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East EuropePhone +389 2 3090818 info@nalas.euwww.nalas.eu