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Nine new municipalities included in the Programme for Empowering Municipal Councils

The municipalities of Kumanovo, Centar, Gostivar, Zhelino, Brvenica, Struga, Mogila, Kochani and Kavadarci are the new nine municipalities being included in the programme for empowering municipal councils, following their selection through a public call for participation at which applications were sent by 48 local self-government units throughout the country.

In the following 18 months, about 150 councillors from these municipalities shall have the opportunity to participate in the Capacity Development Programme for municipal councillors, which includes trainings on 11 topics in the fields of public finance management, spatial and urban planning, as well as on subjects related to innovations in governance,

The first projects to be implemented under the Program for Empowering Municipal Councils were selected

Through the Community Forums held in Veles, Sveti Nikole, Valandovo, Strumica, Cair and Ohrid, the citizens of these municipalities, together with local government representatives, selected the projects that will be implemented in their communities over the next 6 months.

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Through the four forum sessions held in November and December 2018, besides the citizens, civil and youth organizations, the business sector, as well as the representatives from the education and social case also took part with their proposals of initiatives for realization of priority projects. After the proposed initiatives and the separate discussion for each one,

Municipal councillors from six municipalities successfully completed the Capacity Development Program

With the last training for the councillors from Chair and Ohrid, the implementation of the Capacity Development Programme for the municipal councillors from Veles, Sveti Nikole, Strumica, Valandovo, Cair and Ohrid municipalities, ends this weekend in Skopje.

For the past eight months, the councillors from these municipalities have been improving their knowledge and skills on 11 topics related to public financial management, human resources management, spatial and urban planning, innovation in governance, inter-municipal and inter-ethnic cooperation, gender equality and good governance at the local level.

A total of 80 councilors who participated in the training sessions received certificates for successful completion of the Capacity Development Programme for municipal councillors.

Training cycle for municipal councillors continues in Veles and Ohrid

In the next next two days, the training cycle for municipal councillors continues in Veles and Ohrid. The municipal councillors from Sveti Nikole and Veles will improve their knowledge in the area of spatial and urban planning in the local self-government units, while the councillors from Chair and Ohrid will strengthen their capacities on topics related to gender equality and inter-ethnic cooperation at the local level.

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Meanwhile, the municipal councillors from Strumica and Valandovo concluded the second cycle of trainings, and thus became the first councillors who completed the Capacity Development Programme for municipal councillors.

Urbanism and spatial planning in municipalities – topic of a new training for the municipal councillors

With training on topic “Spacial and urban planning in the local self-government”, this weekend the training cycle for the councillors from the municipalities of Strumica and Valandovo continues in Strumica.

At the same time, in Veles, the councillors from this municipality and the councillors from Sveti Nikole, will improve their knowledge and skills on topics related to gender equality and inter-ethnic cooperation, while in Ohrid, the municipal councillors from Chair and Ohrid will strengthen their capacities through training in the areas of human resources management, innovation in governance and inter-municipal cooperation.

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Training programme for municipal councillors continues, this time the focus is on gender equality and inter-ethnic cooperation at the local level

With training in the fields of gender equality and inter-ethnic cooperation, today in Strumica the training cycle for the councillors from the municipalities of Strumica and Valandovo continues. At the same time, in Veles, the councillors from this municipality and the councillors from Sveti Nikole, will improve their knowledge and skills on topics related to human resources management, innovation in governance and inter-municipal cooperation.

In addition to these, in the next two months, the councillors from the municipalities of Veles, Sveti Nikole, Valandovo, Strumica, Chair and Ohrid will improve their capacities on topics related to urbanism and spatial planning at the local level.

The start of the second phase of capacity building trainings for municipal councillors

The training in the field of human resources management, innovation in governance and inter-municipal cooperation in Strumica, marked the start of the second phase of training for municipal councillors.

In addition to these, in the next two months, the councillors from the municipalities of Veles, Sveti Nikole, Valandovo, Strumica, Cair and Ohrid will improve their knowledge and skills on topics related to urbanism and spatial planning, interethnic cooperation and gender equality at the local level.

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Previously, the councillors from these six municipalities successfully completed the first phase of training on  public financial management in the municipalities and good governance at the local level.

PUBLIC CALL for taking part in the “Empowering Municipal Councils” project

The main objective of the project “Empowering municipal councils” financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is to provide support to municipal councils to be more effective and autonomous bodies, to better deal with the influence of the executive, to appropriately fulfil their constitutionally assigned roles of legislation, oversight and advocacy. As a result, these efforts will increase the transparency and accountability of the Mayor towards the Council and of the municipality towards the citizens and will improve the living conditions in the local community through successful implementation of the priority community projects.

NINE MUNICIPALITIES TO RECEIVE USD 558,000 AS PART OF SWISS-FUNDED PROGRAM TO STRENGTHEN LOCAL DEMOCRACY

Skopje, 13 September 2018

 

Marking the International Day of Democracy, the presidents of more than 70 of the country’s 81 municipal councils gathered in Skopje today to discuss ways to make local government more inclusive, transparent and accountable.

The event, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), featured the launch of a public call for municipalities to apply to participate in the “Empowering Municipal Councils” project.

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The project already covers six municipalities: Chair, Ohrid, Strumica, Sveti Nikole, Valandovo and Veles. Another nine municipalities will now be selected to join the program,

A total of 80 councilors from 6 municipalities successfully completed the first phase of capacity development training for municipal councilors

With the training conducted for the municipal councilors from the municipalities of Ohrid and Cair on financial control and audit in the local self-government units, the first phase of the Municipal Councilors Capacity Development Program was completed last weekend.

Through trainings conducted by a team of experts in the past three months, a total of 80 councilors from the municipalities of Veles, Sveti Nikole, Valandovo, Strumica, Chair and Ohrid have improved their knowledge on topics of public financial management in the municipalities, while gaining new skills to strengthen the role of Councils on good governance at the local level.

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