Representatives of the municipalities of Alibunar, Bela Crkva, Kovacica, Kovin, Opovo, Pancevo, Vrsac, Plandište gathered on 17 November at the hotel "Continental" in Belgrade for the final event of the project "European integration and local development-to the successful strategies and good governance" part of which was a signing ceremony of the "Protocol on regional cooperation and development of cities and municipalities of Southern Banat."
The signing was welcomed by UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia and Permanent Representative of the United Nations Development Program, Mr. William Infante, State Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Government, Mr. Dusko Radakovic and President of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Ms. Sonja Licht, and the event was attended by many other representatives of the national, provincial and local authorities, the diplomatic corps, international and local organizations and the media.
The protocol establishes a model for the municipalities to work together on all matters relating to improving the quality of living in these local communities, in order to improve the productivity of the units of local government and the welfare of citizens. The creators of the Protocol are the representatives of the local communities who attended the third cycle of seminars entitled "European integration and local development – towards successful strategies and good governance", organized by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, which aims to strengthen the capacity of decision makers at the local level and which has been successfully implemented since 2008. In addition to the signing the Protocol, the "Initiative to improve conditions and opportunities for use of renewable energy sources (wind power)" was also launched as the first step in applying this model of inter-municipal cooperation.
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