14 october 2011
In this two-day Forum (13 and 14 October), the main purpose was to bring together practitioners and representatives from Central and Local Governments from the region,
14 october 2011
In this two-day Forum (13 and 14 October), the main purpose was to bring together practitioners and representatives from Central and Local Governments from the region, experts from the UNDP offices and representatives of local self-governance in order to share experiences and lessons of self-government units and of Kosovo ministries and the region, government institutions, civil society, donors and international agencies involved in promoting local governance.
The forum was opened by Nevzat Bejta, Minister of the Local Government Administration and Deirdre Boyd, the UNDP resident representative in Skopje, whereas the other guests in the Forum were, from: Republic of Montenegro, Republic of Slovenisë, Moldova, Ukraine and the Republic of Bulgaria.
Representation of the Republic of Kosovo is done by two mayors of the Republic of Kosovo: Agron Kuci from the Municipality of Junik and Suma Refki from the Municipality of Hani i Elezit/Djeneral Jankovic, whereas Agron Maxhuni, Director of Legal Department at the Ministry of Local Government has made the presentation on inter-municipal cooperation in the Republic of Kosovo.
Initially, Mr. Maxhuni made a presentation about the system of Local Self-Government as well as the Legislative Framework of Inter-Municipal Cooperation in the Republic of Kosovo, the types of incentives and funding of IMC’s, has given a general and clear information about municipalities of the Republic of Kosovo as well as forms of cooperation that are:
Provision of the joint administrative services, joint public services, planning and the joint strategic development as well as the joint financing.
At the end of the presentation, by Mr. Maxhuni also were given recommendations for IMC in Kosovo, in order to advance this Inter-Municipal Cooperation.
1. In cooperation with the Association of Kosovo Municipalities, municipalities and MLGA shall be done a comprehensive research and a list of resources that municipalities can share with each-other, including human resources, facilities, equipment or programs.
2. Drafting and distribution of a questionnaire to all municipalities that enables them to determine their potential partners and possible fields for cooperation.
3. Applying at the beneficiary programs and the funding opportunities for Inter-Municipal Cooperation from the EU or the Europe Council.
On the other hand, Macedonia in this Forum is characterized as the leader of Inter-Municipal Cooperation in the region, by implementing 26 Inter-Municipal Co-operations in cooperation with 62 municipalities of the Republic of Macedonia, through affecting about 800,000 citizens, for better services.
According to Mr. Maxhuni, the Republic of Kosova in the near future has in plan, to realize a host of cooperations between municipalities, after in Kosovo, in July 2011 is approved the Law on Inter-Municipal Cooperation.