About the Programme:


The overall objective of the EU-funded Programme “EU for Municipalities” is providing support to the municipalities in North Macedonia on “Improving Local Government Services through Innovative Concepts”. The Programme aims to contribute towards local economic and social development of municipalities of the Republic of North Macedonia by introducing innovation in their policy development, planning, governance and service delivery capacity.

Specific objectives:

• To increase the capacity of the municipalities and citizens to benefit from IPA and other relevant funds and programs through trainings, informative events and other initiatives;
• To assist a number of Macedonian municipalities – selected through a call for proposals – in piloting innovative solutions to address community challenges, in partnership with local authorities (LA) from EU Member States;
• To strengthen the administrative and technical capacities of the municipalities to foster innovation in municipal governance and service provision through capacity building and technical assistance;
• To improve communications at municipal level on EU assistance and the EU integration process by increasing synergies with multipliers and other interested parties, in particular the EU Europe Houses in Skopje, Strumica and Kriva Palanka and EU Info Points Offices.

The EU provides 85% co-financing for these projects with total eligible costs budgeted each in between EUR 425k and EUR 909k. Additional 15% co-financing support is obligation of the contracted municipalities or other national/international contribution that they provide.


About the beneficiaries:


Municipality of Veles – Project: “Smart Solutions Veles-To be continued…”

Overall objective: To contribute to better smart urban development of the city centre by solving the traffic chaos that causes problems both in the development of the city and the everyday life of the citizens

Specific objectives: To decrease the air pollution in the central city area for at least 5% through introduce new Urban mobility habits in the period of 2 years; To increase smart pedestrian and bicycle zones in the central city area; To increase the public transport share to at least 15%


Municipality of Radovish – Project: “Green Heat-introduction of efficient customer-oriented small-grid district heating service based on renewable energy sources”

Overall objective: To enable forward-looking, environment-friendly municipal heating services that contribute to improved living conditions for the local population through a pilot-unit in Municipality of Radovish.

Specific objectives: Introduced innovative, replicable model for small-grid district heating (DH) services by accelerating utilization of locally available resources; Strengthened capacities of the key actors having competencies for efficient transition to advanced and greener heating services at local level; Promoted utilization of climate-oriented, advanced solutions for delivery of services that stimulate greener local economy.


Municipality of Tetovo – Project: “Innovative digital municipal solutions in Municipality of Tetovo”

Overall objective: Contribution to increased quality of living in Municipality of Tetovo through digitization of municipal services

Specific objective: Application of ICT solution for improving urban & inspectors’ municipal services.


Municipality of Aerodrom – Project: “Clean AirDrom-Zero Solid Waste in Municipality of Aerodrom”

Overall objective: To contribute to increased sustainability of urban living in Municipality of Aerodrom by introducing innovative waste management model.

Specific objectives: То improve quality of living for citizens in Municipality of Aerodrom by introduction of a smart solid waste management system.


City of Skopje – Project: “Re-Cycle and Re-Use of Construct and Demolition Waste (Re-Construct)”

Overall objective: To increase and improve capacities of City of Skopje for transition to a circular economy and sustainable re-use of constructional and demolition waste through identification of illegal dumpsites, monitoring and interventions for closing constructional material cycle and avoiding future waste.

Specific objectives: Improved city performance and piloting successful innovative transition to circular economy in CD waste management.


Municipality of Vrapciste – Project: “Integrated and Inclusive Municipality of Vrapcishte-Leave No One Behind”

Overall objective: Inclusive and equitable educational and social practices in rural municipality of Vrapchishte

Specific objectives: Providing educational facility for children with disabilities to learn, play, and socialize within the community they live in; Creating a supportive environment for children with disabilities in the municipality of Vrapcishte; Improving their access to employment, community social, and outreach resources; Replicated and adapted best practice solutions from Slovenian local authorities in EU Member State.


Municipality of Ohrid – Project: “Roads Not Taken: Municipality of Ohrid Going Green, Smart, Innovative (OHRID GO)”

Overall objective: To strengthen the capacity of Ohrid Municipality to strategise, plan and implement innovative, smart and green solutions to local developmental challenges that are in line with EU priorities.

Specific objective: To decrease the carbon footprint from transport by creating the necessary preconditions for greener urban mobility via establishing (an expandable) Smart City Bike System; To diversify the local touristic offer by introducing green leisure facilities (Adrenaline park and Pump Track) and joint smart marketing tools for green alternative tourism (My Ohrid Mobile App); To move the local economy towards knowledge-based fundaments and the local policy making towards inclusive social innovations via establishing and running a Smart Ideas Hub and mobilizing private resources for sustainable development.


Municipality of Strumica – Project: “Strumica-Smart velo city”

Overall objective: To contribute in better quality of life of citizens and cleaner & healthier environment by increasing capacities of Municipality of Strumica and introducing innovative solution for urban mobility.

Specific objectives: To improve urban mobility in the City of Strumica by establishing bicycle friendly infrastructure and smart bicycle self-rental system; To foster the use of non-motorised transport as a healthy, ecological and cost-effective mode of transport through cooperation with other stakeholders; To change the traffic culture of the local population and the visitors of the City of Strumica by raising their awareness and offering proper services.”


About the team:

Team Leader: Dr. Klaus Richter

Experts: Aleksandar Shumkovski, Aneta Ivanova Stojanovska, Ardian Marku, Bojan Kordalov, Elena Gavrilova, Elena Mladenovska, Igor Petrushevski, Margarita Ivanova, Neda Zdraveva, Verce Lazarova, Violeta Sakleva

Senior Project Manager: Carlos Callejo

Junior Project Manager: Nada Shaleva