EU4M organised workshop for Inter-Municipal Cooperation on Destination Management

The TA “EU for municipalities” organises workshop on inter-municipal cooperation and partnership with the private sector titled “Destination Management Organisation (DMO) in the Vardar/South-East region”. The Workshop will take place on Tuesday, 23rd January 2024 in Demir Kapija.

Agenda of the event:

10:30 – 11:00 Registration of Participants
11:00 – 11:20 Welcome note(s)

o   EU Delegation, Maria Kanellopoulou, Head of Operation

o   French Embassy, Irène Ketoff, Attachée de Cooperation

o  ZELS, Vice-President, Pero Kostadinov, Mayor of Valandovo

11:20 – 11:30 Introduction to DMO and inter-municipal cooperation

o  TA EU for Municipalities, Klaus Richter, Team Leader

11:30 – 11:40 Lessons learned from the study tour to Germany

o  Participant of the study tour, Andon Saramandov, Mayor of Gevgelija

11:40 – 12:40 Destination Management in Alsace

o   Marc Levy, General Director of Alsace Destination Tourism

o  Jacques Schleef, Honorary Consul of North Macedonia to France

12:40 – 13:00 Coffee break
13:00 – 13:20 Regional cooperation and tourism management in Croatia

o   Ane Sindik, ex-Director of the Regional Development Agency of Dubrovnik-Neretva county

13:20 – 13:30 Presentation and discussion of the MoU

  • Todor Efremov, Secretary of Kavadarci
13:30 – 13:50 Signing of the MoU
13:50 – 14:00 Conclusions

o  EU Delegation, Karl Giacinti, Programme Manager

14:00 End of the workshop

EU4M Best Practice Event

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Best municipal practice from Germany

26.-30.04.2023

Conference (27.04.2023) and field visits of municipal experts from Germany

Topics:  Inter-municipal cooperation, digitalisation, urban mobility, godd governance

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Pre-registration is obligatory for the conference on Thursday 27th April in the Secretariat for European Affairs and on Zoom and Facebook!

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“Velo Strumica” Project presented in the frames of the Diplomatic Economic Caravan Visit

The project Velo Strumica was presented by the mayor Kosta Kostadinov and the head of unit Gjoko Ristovski within the “Diplomatic Economic Caravan Visit to the Southeast Planning Region”.

This Project is cofounded by the European Union within the #EU4M Programme and implemented by the Municipality of Strumica. Overall objective is to contribute in better quality of life of citizens as well as cleaner and healthier environment by increasing capacities of the Municipality and introducing innovative solution for urban mobility.

The Diplomatic Economic Caravan Visit is joint activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Bureau for regional development. The main aim of the Visit is presentation and promotion of economic potentials of municipalities, domestic companies and investment opportunities of planning regions in front of the diplomatic staff at resident and non-resident Embassies in the Republic of North Macedonia.

Municipality of Radovish presented their EU4M Project within the Diplomatic Economic Caravan Visit

The project “Green Heat-introduction of efficient customer-oriented small-grid district heating service based on renewable energy sources” was presented by the mayor Aco Ristov within the “Diplomatic Economic Caravan Visit to the Southeast Planning Region”.

This Project is cofounded by the European Union within the #EU4M Programme and implemented by the Municipality of Radovish. Overall objective is to enable forward-looking, environment-friendly municipal heating services that contribute to improved living conditions for the local population through a pilot-unit in the Municipality.

The Diplomatic Economic Caravan Visit is joint activity of the Ministry of foreign affairs and the Bureau for regional development. The main aim of the Visit is presentation and promotion of economic potentials of municipalities, domestic companies and investment opportunities of planning regions before diplomatic staff at resident and non-resident Embassies in the Republic of North Macedonia.

“EU for Municipalities” meets for Steering Committee

On 16/3/2023 the joint Steering Committee of the Programme “EU for Municipalities” came together in Skopje to review and discuss the progress made by eight grant projects awarded to municipalities in North Macedonia for the improvement in delivery of local government services through innovative concepts. The meeting was chaired by the Minister for Local Self-Government, Risto Penov, and co-chaired by the Secretariat for European Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia.

As lead partner of the Technical Assistance to the “EU for Municipalities” Programme, B&S Europe prepared the Steering Committee and presented the status of implementation of all projects based on the permanent monitoring that the TA performs for the EU Delegation. The monitoring revealed showed different stages of implementation, with some projects very advanced, already planning the next phase of the project, while other are yet to fully start with the core work packages.

The Committee looked at the challenges and the ways to support all projects in advancing towards and achieving the expected results. The Ministry and EU Delegation stressed the importance of the projects, as well as their support and encouragements towards the work done so far and that coming up in the next period. The Programme counts on the crucial assistance of a helpdesk provided by the TA for all grantees, attending questions and aiming at building the capacity needed for municipalities to face challenges.

The participants also discussed about synergy with other donor-funded projects, cooperation proposals, offering guidance based on previous project results.

The EU-funded Technical Assistance to the “EU for Municipalities” is implemented by B&S Europe with Consortium partners Evoluxer, ALDA, and the municipalities of Silla and Quart de Poblet, for a period of 36 months. The overall objective is to contribute to 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.