Coordinating workshop for "Greening the Local Elections of 2015“

Milieukontakt Albania in 17.02.2015 organized in Tirana a coordinating workshop for the campaign “Greening the Local Elections 2015” which will be undertaken in the frame of local elections of June, 2015 from the Network of Communication and Information (ECIM) with the support from SENIOR-A program financed by the Sweden Embassy and REC.

The aim of the workshop was to create synergy and cooperation among organisations of the network to achieve the final goal to address problems, needs of community and consequently local priorities in the field of environment at the right time and place (Local elections 2015).

Developments in recent years have had impact on the environment. Although development in most cases is a term that indicates prosperity, in political, socio-economic life, we all are witness of a degradation impact on environment.

Environmental problems have a direct impact on our lives as such should be among the priorities of central and local government. Said so as it is local government, one of the first key actors, who have to manage the welfare of citizens. Local government structures deal direct with the community problems and their treatment, but in these elections they will have a particular role due to the new territorial division. In this frame the network, "ECIM", undertook this initiative to better address environmental issues in local governance and citizen awareness on the necessity of concrete actions in the environmental field. We think that now it is time not only to draft policies but also to apply them for protection of the degraded environment in this long period of transition of the Albanian society.

Mr. Xhemal Mato made a presentation, in relation to previous experiences "Ekolevizja" and "Milieukontakt Albania" had during the election campaign of 2006. This served to stimulate the group for developing a joint logo and slogan which will accompany us throughout our campaign to green the local elections of 2015. A vision that should be simple, accessible to all citizens.

By the end, all the organizations present at the seminar made a detailed presentation of the activities that have been planned for the campaign beginning with gathering of citizen’s feedback about the environment and what they want to be better, review of electoral platforms and meetings with candidates for mayor in over 10 cities in Albania and organization of public meetings where candidates will be known with environmental problems that have turned to serious problems for the citizens. All these activities will help in establishing a common voice regarding environmental issues. These issues will be also addressed in TV debates.

During the presentation of the activities all network members decided cooperation between them by coordinating activities to cover as many cities, where environmental problems are larger and require rapid intervention to address and achieve a better performance.

 

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