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.
Meeting of the representatives of the City of Niš, NGOs and volunteers engaged in environmental issues, as a second step in the implementation of the project titled ELAIN - Enviromental Local Authorities Interbalkan Network, was held in the City Administration premises on October 9, 2014.
The objective of the second meeting was to present the results achieved in solving the problems in the period between the first and the second local meeting and the ways to solve the environmental problems defined at the first meeting.
The defined priority problems are: waste management, waste waters, air pollution, noise.
REPORT ON THE FIRST LOCAL EVENT
The City of Niš Administration of Economy, Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection organized a fruitful first local meeting on February 20, 2014 in the City of Niš Assembly Hall as a first step in implementation of the project titled ELAIN (Environmental Local Authorities Interbalkan Network).
The opening speech was given by the Deputy Head of the Administration of Economy, Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection, Mr. Ilija Jocović, B.A. in Law, who presented the Project and objectives of the Local event. In his speech, he explained that the Project is a result of the signing of the ”Memorandum of Understanding on Interbalkan Cooperation for the Environment” between the City of Niš and the Environmental Association of Municipalities of Athens and Piraeus (PE.SY.D.A.P.) and that one of the objectives of this Memorandum is a creation of the Balkan Network and Initiative for the enhancement and active participation of the citizens in environmental protection, planning and defining of priority issues in environmental protection, establishment of the joint framework of activities by using the technologically advanced and innovative applications to solve these issues. He also mentioned that this Project has been accepted by the European Commission within the Programme „Europe for Citizens“ and that it is very important for the City of Niš as it aims to find the best solutions for the environmental problems. The Project will last from February this year till April 2015.