26 December 12

BIRN Serbia holds Local Budget Forum in Nova Varos

BIRN Serbia and local government representatives in Nova Varos, organized a panel ‘Local Budget Forum’ and presented the draft budget for 2013, part of its ‘’Participatory Budgeting’’ project.

More than thirty people and local community representatives in Nova Varos had an opportunity to get details about the budget and participate in the debate.  

Mayor Dimitrije Paunovic stressed the importance of the public’s participation in the budgeting process considering that the budget resources belong to them.

’’The spring election led to delays in budget planning and I am afraid that we will not be able to realize all the plans, therefore I would like to invite everyone present to give their suggestions which will be considered during budgeting process,’’ he said.

The draft budget was presented in ‘’citizen’s budget’’ format that contains the budget spending for this and next year.

The presentation was followed by a discussion. Locals gave numerous comments and suggestions regarding the budget for 2013 while the mayor said that the proposals will be on the agenda for the Municipal Council session and at the parliament meeting.

‘’Your money, our responsibility’’ questionnaire results were also presented at the Local Budget Forum. The questionnaire was organized by local authorities and BIRN Serbia in order to involve people in the budgeting process by offering them list of municipal projects and asking them to choose three they think are the most important.     

300 people from Nova Varoš selected ‘’Artificial snow system on the mountain Zlatar’’, ‘’Infrastructure works’’ and ‘’Waterworks and sewerage construction’’ as top community priorities.

BIRN Serbia signed a memorandum of understanding with the mayor confirming further cooperation.

The project of implementing the practice of participatory budgeting at the local level through the European Partnership Programme with EU PROGRES municipalities in 25 municipalities in the south and southwest Serbia is supported by the European Union, the Swiss and the Serbian government.

Fill out my online form.

Latest News and Events

birn-albania-launches-call-for-investigative-reports-on-healthcare

BIRN Albania Launches Call for Investigative Reports on Healthcare

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania launched a call for investigative stories on May 20th.

birn-albania-holds-roundtable-on-healthcare

BIRN Albania Holds Roundtable on Healthcare

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Albania organised a roundtable on May 15 in Tirana, bringing together journalists and civil society organisations working in the field of healthcare.

birn-albania-launches-web-page-on-elections-and-territorial-reform

BIRN Albania Launches Web Page on Elections and Territorial Reform

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania on May 18 launched a special webpage zgjedhje2015.report.al on its Albanian language portal Reporter.al, with in-depth information on the country’s territorial reform and the June 21 local elections.

birn-albania-holds-10-regional-roundtables-on-elections

BIRN Albania Holds Ten Roundtables on Elections

In April, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania held ten regional roundtable discussions across the country at which the priorities for local candidates for the June 21st local elections in 61 municipalities were discussed.

birn-s-kosovo-war-crimes-film-screened-in-pristina

BIRN’s Kosovo War Crimes Film Screened in Pristina

BIRN's new documentary, which investigates the Serbian commanders responsible for some of the worst attacks of the Kosovo war, was screened for the first time in Pristina.

birn-albania-holds-training-on-public-procurement

BIRN Albania Holds Public Procurement Training Session

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania held a two-day training session for journalists in Tirana on May 8-9, focusing on Albania’s public procurement system and the ways reporters can dig up stories on conflicts of interest, abuse of office, corruption and procurement fraud.

new-birn-war-crimes-film-premieres-in-belgrade

New BIRN War Crimes Film Premieres in Belgrade

BIRN's latest feature-length documentary, which investigates the commanders responsible for some of the most brutal attacks of the Kosovo war, was screened for the first time in Belgrade.

birn-albania-holds-roundtable-on-elections

BIRN Albania Holds Roundtable on Elections

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania held a roundtable in the city of Kukes on Monday April 27th, where the priorities for local candidates for the June 21st local elections in four municipalities were discussed.

call-for-expression-of-interest

Call for Expression of Interest

Fostering Transparency in Procurement Procedures Through Investigative Journalism


Tirana, May 8-9, 2015

birn-albania-launches-media-monitoring-study-on-corruption

BIRN Albania launches Media Monitoring Study on Corruption

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania launched a media monitoring study, ‘Reporting Corruption on Broadcast and Print Media: The Case of Albania’, at a workshop in Tirana on Thursday April 16.

In This Article

Network

Donors and Partners