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Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 

Five Macedonian municipalities receive funding to enhance civil society

Five Macedonian municipalities receive funding to enhance civil society

Skopje, 8 February 2018 (MIA) - As part of the regional programme on Local Democracy in the Western Balkans (RELOAD), the mayors of the municipalities of Kumanovo, Gostivar, Resen, Kavadarci and Strumica on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Louisa Vinton, and the representative of the EU Delegation to Macedonia, Nicola Bertolini.

The programme, funded by the European Union and co-financed by the UNDP and the municipalities, supports projects of public interest and improves municipal services and living standards of the residents in these municipalities.

An emphasis will be put on projects promoting social inclusion, gender equality, human rights and protection of the environment.

A total of EUR 845,000 has been provided for the programme, i.e. EUR 120,000 each in the form of a grant for the municipalities involved, according to Vinton.

She said the UNDP would cooperate with all five municipalities when awarding funds to civil society organizations, which had to put the needs of the local population first.

Both the EU and UNDP agreed that these municipalities offered new hope and new vision in cooperating with the civil society and the citizens, according to Bertolini. These municipalities should set a good example for the other local self-government units, he said. ba/16:29

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