National strategy for reduction of poverty and social exclusion in the republic of macedonia

The role of the municipalities and coordination and synchronization of the measures

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5. The role of the municipalities and coordination and synchronization of the measures

  • The implementation of the Strategy is related with a coordinated and comprehensive cooperation between the Government, the ministries and the institutions of the system, as well as cooperation between the state administrative institutions and the local authorities, as well as the nongovernmental sector.

  • It is necessary to ensure greater participation of the local government in the implementation of the measures, especially for the vulnerable groups. In that regard, building of human resource capacities of the local government authorities and the cooperation with the centers for social work represents the basis of an efficient implementation of the National Strategy. In addition to the strengthening of the municipalities it is necessary to include them in national level policy creation, especially with respect to policies related to the standard of living of the population and social inclusion.

  • The municipalities should recognize their interest to be active in reducing poverty and social exclusion and, based on the provisions from the Law on Local Self-Government, they should propose specific programs and activities to achieve these objectives.

  • In addition, the participation of the nongovernmental organizations in the segment involving the expression of the different interests of individual and groups at risk or facing social exclusion is very important. The activities of the local coordination bodies for social issues would contribute to achieving harmonization of the standpoints of the ULSG, EC, NGOs and other organizations. Their involvement, which was also accepted in the stage of development of this strategy, can be also directly achieved in the stage of implementation of the National Strategy.

  • The increasing of the public sensibility towards the areas stated in the National Strategy simultaneously raises the issue of accountability of the institutions responsible for undertaking activities and measures. At the same time, they are required to adapt to the requirements and the needs of the population and to initiate systemic changes with a view of achieving the objectives of the National Strategy. In this coordination process the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Ministry of Local Self-Government and the municipalities need to monitor the implementation of the measures from this strategy and, if necessary, initiate changes or additions to the proposed measures and activities.

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