Planning workshop for regional projects

In order to achieve better coordination in the planning of the activities for implementation of the Program for development of the Southwest planning region (2015-2019), Center for Development,  together with the key stakeholders from the Region involved in the regional development, organizes planning workshops, in which are determined the measures that will be implemented in the four priority areas of this program document. More than 40 participants from the municipalities, the business sector, education and culture, as well as the non-governmental sector discussed in detail for the operationalization of the mid-term goals (in the domain of economic development, education and social affairs, tourism and culture and environmental protection ), by proposing specific project ideas.

At the planning workshop, over 50 ideas were identified, which the Center for Development team reviewed them, interconnected and shaped in a shortlist of more than thirty proposals, of which, in the next period, regional projects are expected to be developed. This list, in accordance with the legal provisions (deriving from the Law for Regional balanced development), will be considered for consideration by the Council for Development of the Southwest planning region, after which it is expected to be finalized.

The team of the Center for development is expected, by December 15th, to prepare several regional projects that will be submitted to the Bureau for Regional Development, and for which from the Budget of the Republic of Macedonia for 2016, are allocated slightly less than 28 million denars. According to the developmental determinations of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, the funds for regional development for the next year are doubled from three hundred to 600 million denars, with a tendency for further growth.

It is the intention of the Center for Development to develop other projects in accordance with the list of priorities that will be submitted to the donor community, ie the European Union, Cross-border cooperation Programs with Albania and Greece and other potential sources of financing.


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