Round Table on local policies in multiethnic municipalities
On 31 October, organized by the Association Mother Theresa was held a round table on the results of the Project Local policies in multiethnic municipalities and were made researches regarding the local policy towards nonmajority community in the municipalities of Istog/Istok, Vushtrri/Vucitrn and Viti/Vitina. On behalf of the Office for Community Affairs were participated Mr. Srdan Popovic, Director of the Office of Community Affairs and Ms. Safete Grajcevci, Senior officer for grants and coordination.
The meeting was also attended by: His Excellency, Norwegian Ambassador, Jan Braathu, who also supported financially this project, Aleksandar Popov from Regional center Novi Sad, and the above mentioned municipality representatives.
In addition to cooperation with local authorities that realizes funding of various infrastructure projects, the Office of Community Affairs, each year, within the framework of the program Protection and promotion of the rights and interests of non-majority communities announces the invitation to submit project proposals from non-governmental organizations, which, among other things, aimed to improve the capacity of municipal authorities to implement legal and policy framework for community. Partnership of the Office of Community Affairs with Association "Mother Teresa" is a good example of cooperation between central government, local and civil sector, with the aim of advancing the rights of non-majority communities, and promoting interethnic dialogue which is a prerequisite for good and stable local self-government.
We encourage municipal authorities to be the initiator of such dialogues who are the key to the common life of different communities in the municipality and, as such community, which should be an integral part of all municipal activities" said "Popovic during his speech and expressed satisfaction that the Office for Community Affairs within the Prime Minister Cabinet has supported this project.