On April 9th, 2020, the Balkan Network for Local Democracy (BNLD) held an online Extraordinary General Assembly which gathered all of its members, the Local Democracy Agencies from the Western Balkans, ALDA and its Skopje office in order to take important decisions, including a crucial election.

Longtime South-Eastern Europe (SEE) Regional Coordinator of ALDA, Mrs Stanka Parac from LDA Subotica was elected as the new President of BNLD in virtue of her extensive experience and knowledge of regional cooperation in the Western Balkans. Under her guidance, the Network will continue to develop as an increasingly relevant regional stakeholder for local democracy.

But that wasn’t the end of the big news for this Extraordinary General Assembly, as BNLD also welcomed a new member: LDA Albanie. Situated on the Albanian coast in Vlora, the LDA will contribute its proven experience in implementing projects in the field of tourism, EU integration and cultural heritage. Most importantly, with this new addition the BNLD now covers all 6 Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – a key result for this young Network.

In the occasion, all BNLD members also discussed the current situation of COVID-19 outbreak; the resulting consequences on the political and socio-economic situation; as well as the influence of this context on their work. They hence decided to take a proactive approach in supporting their members and local partners in fighting these difficult moments. In Stanka Parac’s positive thinking: “This will make us stronger!».

The decisions taken in this Extraordinary General Assembly will now bring new and fundamental perspectives for the Network and shape the future of its regional approach in a renovated, constructive way. Next rendez-vous? The BNLD members will meet face-to-face at ALDA’s General Assembly in Pula, Croatia at the end of September 2020.

On April 9th, 2020, the Balkan Network for Local Democracy (BNLD) held an online Extraordinary General Assembly which gathered all of its members, the Local Democracy Agencies from the Western Balkans, ALDA and its Skopje office in order to take important decisions, including a crucial election.

Longtime South-Eastern Europe (SEE) Regional Coordinator of ALDA, Mrs Stanka Parac from LDA Subotica was elected as the new President of BNLD in virtue of her extensive experience and knowledge of regional cooperation in the Western Balkans. Under her guidance, the Network will continue to develop as an increasingly relevant regional stakeholder for local democracy.

But that wasn’t the end of the big news for this Extraordinary General Assembly, as BNLD also welcomed a new member: LDA Albanie. Situated on the Albanian coast in Vlora, the LDA will contribute its proven experience in implementing projects in the field of tourism, EU integration and cultural heritage. Most importantly, with this new addition the BNLD now covers all 6 Western Balkan countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – a key result for this young Network.

In the occasion, all BNLD members also discussed the current situation of COVID-19 outbreak; the resulting consequences on the political and socio-economic situation; as well as the influence of this context on their work. They hence decided to take a proactive approach in supporting their members and local partners in fighting these difficult moments. In Stanka Parac’s positive thinking: “This will make us stronger!».

The decisions taken in this Extraordinary General Assembly will now bring new and fundamental perspectives for the Network and shape the future of its regional approach in a renovated, constructive way. Next rendez-vous? The BNLD members will meet face-to-face at ALDA’s General Assembly in Pula, Croatia at the end of September 2020.