Strengthening Inter-Municipal Cooperation in Montenegro
This publication represents a guideline to institute frameworks in the area of inter-municipal cooperation and create a joint service provision and administration through the establishment of cooperative arrangements among municipalities in Montenegro. This publication will serve as a useful tool to further Montenegro’s efforts in promoting, developing, and maintaining IMC activities. The objectives of this publication are: (1) to raise awareness of the current state of inter-municipal cooperation (IMC) practices in Montenegro, (2) to discuss the experience of the region (namely, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and draw useful findings from it, and (3) to provide recommendations for further development of IMC in the country.
- Municipalities did not indicate the existence of a document, strategy, or action plan which is guiding them in designing, developing, and implementing IMC. The only documents for planning and implementing IMC coincide with the Statutes of the municipalities, the decisions made by the assembly registered on official documents, or the strategic plans of the Municipalities, which are of general nature and not specifically devoted to IMC;
- Municipalities expect the central government to be involved in IMC initiatives, projects, and programs;
- With the support of UNDP, the current number of formally established IMC arrangements in the country amounts to over 15, involving more than 35 municipalities in various areas of municipal competencies, such as financial management and tax administration, urban planning, local inspections, local economic development, etc.