Launching Conference for the project "Strengthening the capacity of Albanian Municipalities through Municipal Twinning Program

Launching Conference for the project "Strengthening the capacity of Albanian Municipalities through Municipal Twinning Program.

The launching conference of the new project "Strengthening the capacity of Albanian Municipalities through Municipal Twinning Program" took place on 17 January 2013. This project is funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Europe for Citizens program . The project is implemented by the Association of Municipalities, is a leader in partnership with 9 partners, a foreign partner French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions ( AFCCRE) and 8 Albanian non-governmental organizations:
Europartners Development (EPD), Urban Research Institute (URI), SEDA, Albanian Association for Sustainable Development (ASDO), National Centre for Training and Technical Assistance (ANTTARC) Independent Forum of Albanian Women (IFAW), missionaries to Social Rights (MDSK), Institute for Reform and Democratic Studies (IRDS).
This project aims to encourage twinning programs and activities of the Albanian municipalities. Municipal twinning program aims to strengthen the role of local governments and national associations in providing the necessary tools and capacity for twinning of cities. The project will support raising the awareness by promoting a sense of European identity based on shared values through the exchange of best practices and by promoting local historical and cultural heritage, exploring opportunities to incorporate these values within and twinning programs cooperation.

This launching conference was attended by mayors, chiefs of municipal councils, donors, and central government representatives, foreign ambassadors in Albania, Ambassador of European Union H.E Mr. Ettore Sequi, French Ambassador H.E. Ms. Christine Moro, and other ambassadors of UK, Poland, Kosovo, Israel, etc.). Local and international NGOs, civil society organisations attended the event as well.

The conference was open by the Mayor of Tirana, once the Chairman of the Association of Municipalities of Albania Mr. Lulzim Basha, who emphasize that twinning would give the possibility of interaction and exchange of experiences, not only by local leaders but everyone, from youth, intellectuals to the citizens. The conference was greeted by the Interior Minister Mr. Flamur Noka, the European Union Ambassador H.E Mr. Ettore Sequi, and other distinguished personalities. Mr. Fatos Hodaj, the Executive Director of Albanian Association of Municipalities, made a brief presentation on the project activities and benefits:

Participants were introduced to the benefits of the project and how it will contribute in:

  1. obtaining funds from the European Union and strengthening municipal capacity
  2. obtaining financial assistance for the promotion and strengthening of twinning between municipalities and
  3. achieve a sustainable twinning with mutual benefits.

The project has started the first activities, with training of the selected municipalities. The first training took place on February 18, and the next training will be on 4 March. The training is carried out by two project partners URI and ANTTARC.

Last update: 01-04-2013
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