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Modernizing Legal and Regulatory Framework in SEE

Categories: City-to-City | Author: Monika Kresic | Posted: 6/30/2016 | Views: 3859
June 19-20, 2012

First City-to-City Urban Planning Dialogue on Modernizing Legal and Regulatory Framework in SEE organized as part of the World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program, in collaboration with Co-PLAN, took place in Tirana, Albania June 19-20, 2012 . The workshop took place at the Polis University. The workshop focused on the Regulatory and Institutional Frameworks for Urban Planning in SEE and the Urban Planning Reforms, and the role of local authorities. Participants debated on what and how should be done for giving city-level planners more responsibility but also making them more responsive to the reality. 

The audiences included City Mayors, Urban Planners, Representatives of Ministries of Spatial Planning, Universities, NGOs, NALAS, LGAs and development agencies from South-East Europe. The workshop included topics such as Costs of Implementation -The Costs of Inaction; Linking Spatial with Financial Planning; World Bank Institute Urban E-learning Curriculum; as well as introduction of the Urban Planning and Land Management Self-Assessment - a template which will assist planners and policy makers in improving Urban Planning and Land Management.

Panel sessions and discussions were complimented with the site visit to corridor Tirana - Durress as well as visit to Tirana Municipality where the group was hosted by the Mayor of Tirana, Mr. Lulzim Basha. This provided unique opportunity to discuss urban planning issues with Mr. Basha the Mayor of Tirana as well as with Mrs. Jorida Tabaku, Deputy Mayor.

Gallery - City to City Dialogue: Modernizing Legal and Regulatory Framework in SEE (June 19-20, 2012)

For more information, see the Workshop Report: UP workshop Summary Report Tirana (June 19-20 2012)

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Worldwide, local governments face an increasing demand from the growing urban population to provide basic infrastructure and services, promote more inclusive growth, adapt to climate change, and mitigate risks from disasters. Although development pathways differ because of regional and local variations, one consistent pattern has emerged: economic prosperity most often occurs in cities.

Cities can reduce poverty and expand individual and national prosperity. The bulk of economic activities take place in cities; urban centers attract business, trade and other service industries, and offer dense labor markets with the ability to move products over smaller distances, shortening the supply chain. However, cities in South-East Europe (SEE) do not yet harvest their full potential to contribute to economic prosperity and deliver better quality of life for their citizens. They face a number of challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, increasing global competition and financial instability. At the same time, cities have room for improvement: they can use their own resources more efficiently and also possess a huge potential for energy efficiency.

In order to address these challenges the World Bank and Government of Austria have partnered to launch the Urban Partnership Program (UPP) aimed to strengthen the capacity of local governments in South-East Europe, to promote city to city exchange and peer learning within and beyond Europe and to equip local elected officials, city administrators and technical staff with practical tools for decision-making, to effectively manage urban development for inclusive and sustainable growth. While global in scope, this Program is targeted at South-East Europe, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. 

The Program is structured into three product lines to reflect the demand: E-learning & Knowledge products: Global curriculum through World Bank Open Learning Campus and Regional/local Partners: NALAS (E-Academy), LGAs; Connectivity through City to City Dialogues on Municipal Finance, Urban Planning & Land Management; and Sustainability through In depth city engagement, including self-assessment tools (Municipal Finance Self-Assessment and Urban Audit) and participatory methodologies (Integrity Building and Social Sustainability & Citizen Engagement). 

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