24. Jan 2013.

The Consultative Meeting on funding environmental policy on local level was held in Paracin

The Consultative Meeting “Towards responsible and open process of programming and using local environmental funds” was held on 23rd of January 2013 in Paracin. The meeting has contributed to the establishment of partnership between civil society, local self-government and economy sector for open and responsible use of local environmental funds and improving implementation of environmental policy in Republic of Serbia.

Ljubinka Kaludjerovic, the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities representative, was speaking at the meeting about the problem of sustainability of local environmental funds, regarding new legal framework. As a representative of City of Kraljevo, Ljiljana Jemuovic was talking on same issue. She has also been presenting model for environmental fund management implemented by City of Kraljevo. Natalija Matunovic of Republic of Serbia Government’s European Integration Office was introducing all participants with EU funds and calls which would be open soon, as well.

At the end of the meeting, Mirko Popovic from Centre for European Integration of Belgrade Open School and Srdjan Matovic from Aarhus Centre Kragujevac, have introduced consultative working group model for improving environmental policy on local level. Also at the end of the meeting it was agreed that the conclusions and recommendations made at the meeting should be noted in official document which would be presented as a mechanism for more responsible, transparent and efficient management of local environmental funds.

This Initiative was started within Project “Know How to Act” supported by Royal Embassy of Norway within “Strengthening Civil Society”.

The members of civil society organization coalition which has started campaign for open and responsible environmental funds management are: Belgrade Open School, European Movement in Serbia, “UNECOOP” from Paracin and Centre for Civil Society Development “PROTECTA” from Nis.

Full support to the Initiative was given by Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia and Aarhus Centre Kragujevac.