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1 Svaz měst a obcí České republiky SMO ČR Association of Towns and Municipaities Czech Republic

2 Association of Towns and Municipalities Czech Republic Association representing Czech local governments. Milena Jabůrková Head of the International Department

3 What is our mission? Advocacy and promotion of Czech local governments´ interests at national and European level through unified and co-ordinated approach on the side of the Local Governments.

4 Who are we? n National association of towns and municipalities n Membership is voluntary n Non-political n Non-government n Independent organisation

5 Who are our members? n Approximately 2,541 municipalities, n That is about 34 % of municipalities in the ČR where around 7.3 million of people live n Representing more than 71% of the citizens of the Czech Republic.

6 What are our main objectives? 1 n To promote democracy on the level of local governments in the Czech Republic n To be a partner of the central and regional governments as well as Parliament and Senate of the Czech Republic in the process of preparation of legislation and policy making

7 Main objectives 2 n Advocacy of rights and interests of LG n Promotion of training of LG representatives and staff n Provision of municipalities with advisory services (e.g. legislation, twinning partnerships) n Co-operation with other regional, national and supranational associations

8 Why are we a relevant partner? n We are the only national association in the CR n Act 128/2000, Coll. regulating local self- governments: the central government is, where appropriate, bound to consult local governments on matters that concern their responsibilities n European Charter of LG: LGs are consulted if possible on matters of planning and decision making that concern them n Majority of MPs were originally mayors

9 How successful are we? n SMO ČR takes part in all meetings held by the government or respective depratments that concern LG n Representatives of SMO ČR are members of the total of 78 working groups, committees and boards that participate in policy and legislation preparation n Practical example: in 2001 and 2002 an act regulating LG was amended. SMO ČR succeeded with 85% of its proposed amendments!

10 What are our sources of financing? n Membership fees n Donations n Subsidies for international activities from the Ministry for Regional development n Grants for projects


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