8. November. 2019. | 09:08

Accountability Sofa in the Municipality of Štrpce/Shtërpcë

As part of the project "Active Citizens", implemented by the non-governmental organization Aktiv from North Mitrovica, with the support of the Olof Palme Center, an accountability sofa was held in Štrpce/Shtërpcë on the 6th of November. Accountability sofa is NGO Aktiv’s brand and concept whose essence is to bring together interested citizens and representatives of local self-government in one place, in an informal atmosphere, for the purposes of having a constructive debate on various topics of importance to the local population.

The representative of the Municipality of Štrpce/Shtërpcë, who is in charge of implementing the local budget, discussed with citizens about the local projects and investments implemented so far, as well as plans for the next period. At the outset of the talks, it was pointed out that the Municipality of Štrpce/Shtërpcë  consults local population when planning the local budget in order to adapt it to their needs and interests. Considering the fact that the budget of this municipality, which is situated in southern Kosovo, is rather limited, it is emphasized that local self-government is trying to meet most of the demands coming from the local population.

The representative of the local self-government presented to the citizens a municipal program to assist the socially deprived population, people with disabilities, as well as members of the Roma nationality (especially for Roma Day). During the sofa, investments in the sewage system in Štrpce/Shtërpcë and surrounding villages were discussed, including construction of the water supply system and completion of the sports hall, whose construction is currently being suspended. Regarding the plans for the next period, the focus of the Municipality of Štrpce/Shtërpcë will be on road infrastructure and revitalization of tourism potential, which, as it was pointed out, is huge.

The present citizens had the opportunity to ask questions directly to the municipal representative, where the questions were focused on the financing the local NGO’s by the municipality, as well as investments in the cultural and youth events. Finally, the representative of the Municipality of Štrpce/Shtërpcë emphasized that citizens can address their requests by personally visiting the Municipal premises and/or by contacting the municipal authorities via their official website.