Mayor of Dimitrovgrad and Deputy Chairman of the Board of NAMRB Ivo Dimov, was the main moderator of the Opening Event. In his speech, he stressed that the Association is not only the main lobbyist of Bulgarian municipalities, but also one of the most loyal beneficiaries of projects funded with European funds. All projects implemented by NAMRB are related to a kind of "reinvestment" of these funds again in the municipalities. They are aimed at enhancing the capacity of municipal experts, conducting trainings, providing consultancy services free of charge, developing management models that are useful to mayors and municipal councils.
Representatives of the Norwegian Association of Local Authorities also took part in the conference NAMRB is working on a project to promote local development / “Growth through Activating Local Potential - GALOP” funded through the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism.
“Together with our colleagues from the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities, we have set ourselves the goal of supporting the socio-economic development of disadvantaged Bulgarian municipalities by helping them to activate their local resources and potential. Together we will prepare realistic and fully achievable strategies for effective development with the active involvement of the local community. We hope to draw on successful development models that will be applicable in other municipalities, and last but not least, to expand the opportunities for partnership with local authorities in Norway, ”emphasized Mr. Ivo Dimov.
Christian Larson of the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities briefly outlined the association's activities and its contribution to the joint project. Ms. Nana Löka, Deputy Director, Research Institute of the Norwegian Association presented a series of good practices in local development, focusing on the success factors and skillful utilization of local assets. Stian Nielsen and Roar Svening diversified the audience with interactive presentations of the development strategy for the small Norwegian municipality of Afiord and its settlements.
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