Macedonian, European Local Authorities Discuss EU Accession, Fiscal Decentralization

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Macedonian, European local authorities discuss EU accession, fiscal decentralization

The Government is investing a lot in improving the operations of municipalities and the services they deliver.

Skopje, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Sep, 2018 ) :The Government is investing a lot in improving the operations of municipalities and the services they deliver.

We are working on enhancement of living conditions and local economic development, said Minister of Local Self-Government Suhejl Fazliu at the 15. meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee Macedonia-European Committee of Regions on Tuesday.

Minister Fazliu highlighted the importance of the support for local authorities by EU member-states, saying local self-governments in Macedonia play a significant role in the process of Union integration, primarily through implementation of cross-border cooperation projects, for which the EU has allocated about EUR 100 million in the second programming period.

"The role of local authorities is also important through their direct participation in about 70 percent of the national legislation, which has been harmonized with the EU acquis," said Fazliu.

He added that the meeting is part of Macedonia's Euro-integration process.

"I believe citizens will express their democratic will at the September 30 referendum, confirming our EU and NATO perspective, through common values and policies in the field of local self-government," stressed Fazliu.

Skopje Mayor Petre Silegov, who is also chairman of the Association of Local Self-Government Unites (ZELS), said today's committee's session focuses on fiscal decentralization.

"We are already in the process of functional decentralization that has not been followed up by the fiscal decentralization. The assistance we have from out EU colleagues refers to this type of experiences, because we need to consider that next year the country will launch the accession talks," said Silegov.

He stressed preparations are ongoing for applications related to the IPA 3 (2021-2027).

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