Induction Seminar for 400 Newly Elected Members of Local Assemblies for Efficient and Accountable Local Governance

Nov 1, 2016

Niš, November 1, 2016 – A two-day training for newly elected members of the local assemblies of municipalities and cities across Serbia has started today in the City of Nis. The goal of the training is to improve their work and provide them with knowledge and tools to become more responsive to the needs of the citizens.

The topics that will be covered by the Seminar agenda include overview of competences and accountability of the local assemblies and members of assemblies, the most efficient communication channels with citizens and the media, obligations of local assemblies in the EU integration process and introduction of outside sessions and public hearings into the practice of local assemblies. This way practices that promote transparency, which have proved effective in the work of the National Assembly are being adapted and implemented in the local assemblies.   

Keynote speeches at the event that has gathered nearly 400 partcipants in their first term from 45 assemblies of cities and municipalities, were given by Rade Rajković, President of the Assembly of the City of Nis,  Steliana Nedera, Deputy Resident Respresentative of UNDP, Ursula Lubli, Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Serbia, Branko Marinkovic, Deputy General Secretary of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and Milica Markovic, Independent Advisor at the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government.  

The Seminar is part of the second phase of the project Strengthening of the Oversight Function and Transparency of the Parliament, which is being implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, thanks to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

For more information about this project, please contact Stevan Vujasinović by phone on +381 (0)11 4155 310 or by e-mail at

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