EXPEDITIO has begun implementing the project entitled INTER-MUNICIPAL COOPERATION IN MONTENEGRO, promoting inter-municipal initiatives in the sub-region of Kotor Bay. The project is being funded by the Dutch Embassy in Belgrade, through their office in Podgorica. The project is dealing with the general topic of cultural tourism in the region of Boka Kotorska.
The project will be conducted from January to December 2007 and its main goal is to elaborate and test different forms of partnerships between municipalities, NGOs and private companies in the sub-region of Kotor Bay.
The issue of the inter-municipal cooperation is becoming pressing with the beginning of a more systematic work on the European integration process, especially with the preparation of the municipalities and their administrations for the effective utilization of the European structural funds. The inter-municipal cooperation is one of the methods to improve the services for citizens taking into account common local problems and challenges specific for the respective municipality, the establishment of open dialogue between (public as well as private) development actors at local level, and to establish conditions to attract more financial means for that purpose.
The project will encompass the municipalities of Kotor, Herceg Novi and Tivat, and its target groups are:
- municipal administrations
- local NGOs
- local business
The emphasis of this project will be on the process of collaboration between municipalities, between municipalities and NGOs or the private sector, and between NGOs and the private sector. Although the sphere of action has been defined, cultural tourism, based on the recognized cultural value of Boka Kotorska, the project has not yet identified specific activities around which to generate collaboration. Through an interactive process, partners will identify small activities around which trust and joint implementation capacity can be built.
The project will be carried out in cooperation with SNV WORLD, Netherlands Development Organization that provides advisory services to government and local organizations in developing countries .
The project finishes in December 2007.