Tahiri encourages new municipal structures to expand cooperation with local stakeholders

Throughout the series of visits in the municipalities, the representatives of the KLGI Institute visited the Municipality of Klina. Within this visit, they were welcomed by the Mayor of the Municipality, Mr. Zenun Elezaj. The Executive Director of KLGI Institute, Besnik Tahiri, and Mayor Elezaj discussed about the developments and challenges of Klina Municipality, as well as for the next steps to be taken for a common agenda to strengthen the local level.

Initially, Tahiri congratulated Mayor Elezaj on receiving the new mandate as a Mayor of the Municipality, as well as offered professional support from the KLGI Institute, considering that both the executive and the municipal assembly are represented by new structures. With this regard, Tahiri pointed out that it is important to maintain sustainable cooperation and coordination between the two key bodies (the Executive and the Municipal Assembly), in order to develop sustainable development policies.

With this regard, Tahiri presented the KLGI Project ‘Support for Stronger and Sustainable Municipalities’ supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy which aims to assist municipalities in building effective practices for intra/inter cooperation and coordination. Hence, this not only strengthens democracy and supervision, but above all the quality of decision-making and trust of citizens.

Meanwhile, regarding the inter-municipal cooperation, Tahiri stated that it should be used as an efficient tool for the administration of common services, including the drafting of strategic development strategies. This cooperation is a crucial mechanism in addressing common challenges and opportunities at the central institutions and potential investors.

In the area of support for capacity building and technical assistance through advanced training programs and mentoring, the municipality will have enhanced capacities in sustainable planning, by preventing ad-hoc policies. Simultaneously, through mentoring, the municipality will have the opportunity to advance and integrate good practices in drafting, implementing and supervising public policies.

Meanwhile, with regard to the role of civil society and young professionals, Tahiri has encouraged the expansion of cooperation with these stakeholders. The municipality would benefit in several directions: first, the public demands would be more articulated; second, the professional involvement would expand; and third, transparency and accountability would be increased.

Finally, the Mayor Elezaj welcomed the project by stating that it is a good opportunity for new municipal structures that have just received the mandate to address the problems, as well as together to explore the best solutions for sustainable development and the well-being of the citizens.