Municipality of Veles

: 3 mai 2019

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General data:

Location: Central part of the Republic of Macedonia   

Territory: 464 km.
Communities: 30



















As a local self government unit, the Municipality of Veles competences are strictly determinate by the Low on local self government (Official gazette of RM /5/02). Article 22 of this low determinate the specific competences of the local self government in areas of building infrastructure, local economic grow, culture, education, social issues etc. The specific competences of the Municipality are determinate with a great number of lex specialis. The low on civil servants determinates the organization and all the aspects of the functioning of civil servant (Official gazette of RM text). Even before the official start of the decentralization reform in 2005, Municipality of Veles was working on building the competences in order to provide efficient and effective services to the citizens.



The first activities in the field of implementation of EU standards in organization of the administrative units started in 2003 with the project Capacity building of local governments-Development of model Macedonian municipality/ Ref. MCD/002/003. The project resulted with new organization model of the municipal administration that was organized in two sectors: general administration sector and specialized administration sector with 7 departments in total.


In 2006 with the Decentralization project of USAID ref. Contract number 19072-1712/1 all civil servants were trained in the areas of project cycle management, team work and procedures of the implementation of the new competences. In the framework of the project the Municipality of Veles receive a grant based on project application and has created a Citizens service-center with EU info point and a dispersed office of this center with free internet point  in the village of Orizari with majority of the Bosnian community.

This project in 2008 was elected among the best municipal practices.

In 2006, Municipality of Veles was awarded in the frame work of Municipal award ref. 05/MAC01/014/001. The award from European Union trough the European Agency for reconstruction in amount of € was invested in building infrastructure and creation of the industrial zone Recani 2.

One of the most important EU funded project for the Municipality was the construction of wastewater treatment system From Sujaklari, Otovica, Mladost ; (CARDS/ Agreement n 05MAC01/08/10 value 500,000 EUR) that has great important for development of the lake Mladost as tourist transit center.  In 2008 the Municipality of Veles participated in the Council of Europe Leadership Benchmark and Best Practices Program EAR/CoE JP and was awarded with several prizes for best practices and good governance. In 2009 in the framework of SUDEP project/Support to the Decentralization Process, an EU-funded project managed by the European Agency for Reconstruction, the model of Citizen’s service center in Veles together with the model of Probistip was used as a good practice in creation of Municipal service centers in 36 municipalities. In the period 2013-2016,the Municipality of Veles was focused on projects in the area of Energy efficiency. The most important projects in this area are Complete replacement of street lighting in the territory of the Municipality of Veles financed with a credit from the World Bank and the project  “Sustainable Energy thematic network of cross-border Local Authorities- ENERGYNET”  financed by IPA CBC Programme. In 2018, the Municipality of Veles successfully applied the project SMART LAKE MLADOST (area tourism) under IPA – LRCP Program of the EU and the World Bank. The realization of the project worth over 1 million euro should start in 2019.


Administrative capacities

During the period 2006-2009, the Municipality of Veles implemented the UNDP founded project Fight against corruption for good governance. In December 2009 in the framework of this project the Municipality of Veles obtains the certification from SIQ and the International certification network IQNET for implementation and maintenance of Management system in the field of Services of the local administration (Registration number SI-Q-1442) which meets the requirements of the standard ISO 9001 February 2010, under ref number 0144, The Municipality of Veles obtains a credit rating B1 issued by MOODYS’S Central Europe. In June 2013, Municipality of Veles obtains the International certificate for Business friendly community, and in July 2013, an International certificate for implemented ISO 27001:2005 (Information safety).

Actually the Municipality of Veles has DMS system based on the Quaity standard ISO 9001:2015.


Human resources

Today the municipal administration is organized in 2 sectors and 13 departments The Municipality has one Municipal service center with EU info point  (disseminated by EU as best practice in 36 municipalities in the country).

Cooperation activities:
The municipality cooperates with twinned municipalities and project partners in France, Poland, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Albania, Serbia, Monte Negro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and other contries. The cooperation activites were realized trough projects in the framework of Europe for Citizens projects  coordinated by ALDA, IPA CBC  with Greece, regional cooperation and cultural exchange activities.

Current main fields of interest :

Implementation of SMART CITY OF VELES -Development strategy 2019-2030 

Implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) Final phase pf prepaaretion by Slovenian ;



Financial resources

The Municipality has an Annual International Cooperation Programs in the framework of the municipal budget that provides and guarantees the financial capacity to implement the projects.

Planned budget 2019 : €

Mots clés et domaine d'activité:

 Politique de cohésion
 Europe créative
 Volontaires de l'aide de l'UE
 Europe pour les citoyens
 Horizon Europe
 Gestion de projets internationaux
 Subventions EEE et Norvège

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