18 municipalities and cities selected in the first implementation phase of the Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance (MEG) project worth 21 million convertible marksJul 25, 2016
At the first meeting of the Project Board of the Municipal Environmental and Economic Governance (MEG) Project, the list of partner municipalities and cities that will be supported within the scope of this intervention was presented. The MEG Project is funded by the Government of Switzerland, which chose the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as the implementer. The MEG Project is a new initiative in the field of local governance, launched with the aim to support local authorities to improve their democratic management and deliver public services in an inclusive, effective and efficient manner, particularly in the economic and the environmental sectors.
“MEG is a very comprehensive project: it is strategic and practical, it builds on the strong commitment of the participating municipalities, and it constitutes one of the biggest grants the Swiss Government has made available for BiH; its implementation will be a challenge for all of us,” said Regula Bäbler, Adviser for Local Government, Migration and Development at the Embassy of Switzerland in BiH.
The Project Board was informed about the methodology and criteria for selection of partner municipalities and cities, in line with the project document. Furthermore, the Board members were presented with the list of 18 selected partner local governments, including: Tešanj, Teslić, Žepče, Bosanska Krupa, Gračanica, Gradiška, Prijedor, Sanski Most, Cazin, Velika Kladuša, Bihać, Doboj, Kalesija, Tuzla, Gradačac, Prnjavor, Kozarska Dubica, and Kostajnica. These municipalities and cities will be grouped into two geographical clusters – one on the Northwest, including the Una-Sana Canton and the wider region around Prijedor, and the Northeast cluster covering the broader region of Doboj and Tuzla.
Within the scope of the MEG Project, during the first four-year phase, local authorities will be supported to improve the quality and availability of public services and infrastructure for at least 700,000 citizens, including socially vulnerable categories of the population. In addition, it is planned to cooperate with the private sector in view of creating jobs. The budget for the first phase of the project is approximately 21 million KM.