As part of the ’Empowering Municipal Councils‘ project, Switzerland will fund training for municipal councilors of the selected municipalities to more effectively monitor municipal budgets and to more directly communicate with citizens when the priorities in the municipal budgets are being set.
The municipal councils that will successfully complete the training will receive grants for projects of public interest in the amount of USD 62’000 per municipality, or USD 558’000 in total for the nine newly involved municipalities.
The activities with the nine newly selected municipalities will take 18 months, and their implementation is planned to start in January 2019 and end in June 2020. Interested local self-government units should submit their applications no later than 12 October 2018.
With the support of the ‘Empowering Municipal Councils‘ project, the municipal councils in the involved municipalities will become more effective and autonomous bodies that better deal with the influence of the executive, and appropriately fulfil their constitutionally assigned roles of legislation, oversight and advocacy. As a result, these efforts will increase the transparency and accountability of the Mayor towards the Council and of the municipality towards the citizens and will improve the living conditions in the local community through the successful implementation of the priority community projects.
The project started in August 2016, when the first group of six municipalities were included: Strumica, Valandovo, Sveti Nikole, Chair, Veles and Ohrid. A total of 24 municipalities will be directly involved by the end of the current project phase, which will last until 2020.
More information about the call for expression of interest, the Operational Guidelines and the Application form can be found on the web pages below: