Presentation on theme: "Svaz měst a obcí České republiky SMO ČR"— Presentation transcript:
1 Svaz měst a obcí České republiky SMO ČR Association of Towns and MunicipaitiesCzech Republic
2 Association of Towns and Municipalities Czech Republic Association representing Czech local governments.Milena JabůrkováHead 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? National association of towns and municipalities Membership is voluntaryNon-politicalNon-governmentIndependent organisation
5 Who are our members? Approximately 2,541 municipalities, That is about 34 % of municipalities in the ČR where around 7.3 million of people liveRepresenting more than 71% of the citizens of the Czech Republic.
6 What are our main objectives? 1 To promote democracy on the level of local governments in the Czech RepublicTo 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 Advocacy of rights and interests of LG Promotion of training of LG representatives and staffProvision of municipalities with advisory services (e.g. legislation, twinning partnerships)Co-operation with other regional, national and supranational associations
8 Why are we a relevant partner? We are the only national association in the CRAct 128/2000, Coll. regulating local self-governments: the central government is, where appropriate, bound to consult local governments on matters that concern their responsibilitiesEuropean Charter of LG: LGs are consulted if possible on matters of planning and decision making that concern themMajority of MPs were originally mayors
9 How successful are we?SMO ČR takes part in all meetings held by the government or respective depratments that concern LGRepresentatives of SMO ČR are members of the total of 78 working groups, committees and boards that participate in policy and legislation preparationPractical 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? Membership feesDonationsSubsidies for international activities from the Ministry for Regional developmentGrants for projects