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Environmental Local Authorities InterBalkan Network - ELAIN
PESYDAP's 4th Local Activity was organized at 20.04.2015. Local stakeholders that participated in the Local  Activity  evaluated  the  results  of  the  3rd  International  Event.  Additionally, opinions were expressed regarding to the performance of PESYDAP as a partner - leader and  to  the  viability  of  the  environmental  network.  Conditions  of  public  access  to  environmental  information,  public  participation  in  the  decision  - making  procedure  and  follow  up  were  ensured  as  well.
Summarizing, the participants

(a) Welcomed the excellent organization, the exemplary coordination of the  international delegations and the production of effective scientific work
(b) Thanked the City - partner's
Mayors and staff for their commitment to making the project successful.
(c) Evaluated good environmental policy practices and examined the prospects of incorporating them into PESYDAP's strategic planning.
(d) Declared their will to support the network and ensure its viability.

PESYDAP's 3rd Local Working Group Meeting was successfully implemented at 30.03.2015. The Local Activity was the culmination of smaller scale activities that were organized by PESYDAP in the period preceding the 3rd Local  Working  Group  Meeting. The  Local  stakeholders  that  participated  in  the  Local  Activity  assessed  the  results  of  the  2nd  International  Event.  Additionally,  opinions  were  expressed  regarding  to  the  direction  and  the  shape  of  the  environmental  network  and  to  the  index  of the next International event's agenda and its objectives. In this context PESYDAP's ELAIN committee introduced its suggestions regarding to the organization, the objectives and the expected results of the 3rd International Event. The final decision was enriched by the comments of the local stakeholders. Conditions of public  access to environmental information and public participati on in the decision  - making  procedure  were  ensured  as  well.  The  3rd  Local  Activity was covered  by  local  media  and  therefore  the  conditions  of  raising  environmental  awareness  among  the  general  public  and  the  dissemination  of  the  project’s goals  were satisfied.

We organised the Third Local Event on Friday , 25 March at a local business conference room. At the meeting participated representatives from environmental NGO’s, independent field experts and experts from the Municipality of Tirana.

The main discussions were focused on the most concerning environmental problems of the city of Tirana, such as : Air Pollution , Water Pollution , Energy Efficiency , Noise Pollution , Stray dogs care etc.  More specific discussions were focused on Tirana Artificial Lake status, River of Tirana project, increase of bicycle lanes, Energy efficiency, etc.

Achievements and the improvements on the environment were brought to attention, such as the air quality, which has had a significant improvement in the last years. All the experts agreed that there is still much work to do, environmental issues are still present immediate measures are needed.

The City of Niš and The Environmental Association of Municipalities of Athens and Piraeus (PE.SY.D.A.P.), signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Interbalkan Cooperation for the Environment.The first result of this cooperation is the joint realization of the project “Environmental Local Authorities Interbalkan Network”, ELAIN, having a goal to identify challenges in environmental protection and seek the best solution for the local environmental problems.

The third local meeting within the project was held on March 27, 2015 at 14.00 in the City of Niš Administration premises. At the third local meeting we presented the review of our past activities from two international meetings and the third meeting was announced that will be held in Athens, Greece (April 6-9, 2015).

The results of participation are analyses of the status of the environment, identification of problems in environmental protection field that the partner cities are facing and defining the ways how to address the priority issues. It was pointed out that the project has enabled better cooperation with Local self-governments of parter cities, NGOs and volunteers involved in environmental issues. Of great importance are also the information on problems and way to overcome them in the project partner cities.

The Conference in Athens is the final stage of the project, and the City of Niš Team will at the 3rd Work Group meeting present the improvement achieved in environmental issues in comparison to what was presented at the 1st Work Team meeting in Tirana. At the 3rd local meeting the proposal to raise the Project to the higher level was positively assessed –by signing of a declaration on further cooperation, by giving legal status to ELAIN network and by making the ELAIN certificate.

On 16.03.2015, at13.00pm Sofia Municipality held the Third Local Event, in the frame of ELAIN project.The meeting was attended by representatives of the city administration, academics, NGOs and citizens.

The event was opened by thethe director of “Municipal lands, forests, water bodies and environmentDirectorate, Sofia Municipality, Mrs. Nina Makarova, who presented the objectives of the local event.

At the meeting were presented the results of the second international meeting, that was held in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 3rd to 6th November 2014, identified good practices in solving of specific problems, related to the local environment, including flood protection.

A presentation was made for the environmental policy of the Sofia Municipality for flood protection, restoration of biodiversity, reducing the population of stray animals and waste management.

The third local meeting, within the project ELAINE, was held on Monday 16th of March 2015 in the Blue Hall of the Assembly of Novi Sad. The idea for this meeting, organized by the City Administration for Environmental Protection, was to present overview of the activities of the two previous international meetings and prepare team for the Third international event, which will be held from 6 to 9 April 2015 in Athens.

The meeting in Athens presents closing event for this project on which the team of Novi Sad will present results and progress made in the areas of environmental protection. The vision for next steps in ELAINE network (giving legal status, signing of the Declaration, creating certificate, etc.) were also presented.

On March 23rd 2015, in Rijeka was held the third local event of ELAIN project with representatives from utility companies, institutions and associations involved in environmental protection (KD Vodovod i kanalizacija, KD Čistoća, JU Priroda).

On the third local event were presented the conclusions from The second International event in Bijeljina, as well as involvement of the City of Rijeka in it. Discussion was held about working paper proposal for the Final International Conference in Athens and all proposed topics were accepted. Declaration was sent to Major for approval and nomination for signature. Tanja Saulig Brajdić was elected for "Follow-up" person as well for video statement. After that, there were presented improvements in the waste management during one year period, and they will be presented at Final Conference in Athens together with progress in noise segment.

The information was published on the web site: http://www.rijeka.hr/Treci_lokalni_sastanak_projekta_ELAIN

On 25.08.2014, at 14.00pm Sofia Municipality held the Second Local Event, in the frame of ELAIN project.The meeting was attended by representatives of the city administration, academics, NGOs and citizens.The main topic of the meeting was the identification of measures, related to improving the environmental quality of Sofia Municipality.

The event was opened by thethe director of “Municipal lands, forests, water bodies and environment” Directorate, Sofia Municipality, Mrs. Nina Makarova, who presented the objectives of the local event.

At the meeting were presented the results of the first international meeting, that was held in Tirana, Albania, from 31 March to 2 April 2014, gained experience, identified good practices in solving of specific problems, related to the local environment. It was discussed concrete measures, included in the programming documents for development of City of Sofia.

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