Third Training seminar and Local Round Table held in Ulcinj
On 16-17 June 2014, the third training seminar for local NGOs and local authorities in Ulcinj gathered some twenty participants representing diverse NGOs and citizen associations and local elected/appointed councilors was held in the town hall of Ulcinj municipality.
It was organized in close co-operation with the municipal Office for international co-operation and projects. Mr. Arsllan Hajdinaga, Head of Office and Mr. Ardijan Mavric, vice-chairperson of the Municipal Assembly were the guest speakers addressing the participants during the training and the follow-up round table. Participants in both activities were local NGO-s engaged in local community development, women’s associations, youth and children’s rights groups, environment and cultural heritage protection groups, municipal elected and appointed councillors, and the local media.
Organisation of the training, preparation of the programme and agenda as well as delivery of the training was jointly implemented by ALDA regional programme coordinator and LDA Niksic Delegate. The main objectives were to introduce the participants with the EU standards and principles of democratic governance at local level with specific focus on the Council of Europe’s Code of good practice for civil participation in decision making process. During a series of interactive workshops, the trainees created a list of locally implemented practice – mechanisms and approaches for effective communication, consultation and civil participation in decision making at local level. Overview of good practice included experience in communication between LG and NGOs, while the most vivid debate was taking place regarding the public consultation mechanisms – public debate on criteria for financing the associations and for adoption of the municipal budget.
The second day of the training was dedicated to the trainees’ presentations of experience in working with the local self-government and creation of the recommendations to be adopted for improving the participation and accountability in public policy making, considering the fact that the municipal Strategy of economic development in Ulcinj has not been adopted yet. Having this in mind, the representatives of NGOs present in the training agreed to continue working together for advocating public consultation in preparatory phase of adopting the Strategy, while additional NGO workshop will be held so as to define potential sustainable mechanisms (including municipal officer for co-operation with NGOs) that would help enhance the situation as regards consultation and participation in decision making process.
Two organisations “SOS Ulcinj” and NGO “Djeca Crne Gore”, – the sub-grantees within the ongoing project took up the role in facilitating the process so as to help develop good local practice in promoting civil dialogue and participation of diverse sections of local society in policy/decision making process. As agreed, the next training seminar on PCM skills for the sub-grantees and the local NGO workshop to promote introducing new local practice in public consultation/participation will be held in Ulcinj, between 10-12 September 2014.