The European Union has so far helped local governments in Serbia with more than 33 million Euro in donations through the 'Exchange' program, a continuous bloc's assistance since 2004, Djordje Stanicic, the Secretary-General of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM), said on Friday.
He added that "greatly contributed to improving public policymaking at the local level in support of strategic planning."
"Currently, the fifth phase of this program is being implemented - Exchange 5, with two parts. One deals with efficient property management, and the other with strategic planning and program budgeting," Stanicic said.
He added the part related to efficient property management local governments to register the property by the Law on Public Property, which stipulates that by the end of this year, municipalities and cities should register their property or it would become state-owned.
"'Exchange 5' has helped projects in 18 main municipalities and another 30 partner municipalities. The participating cities define how and in what way to list their property, how to register them and submit them to the property directorate," he added.
Stanicic said the results of the project are good because, in a large number of cases, the municipalities listed almost all property that was not listed like buildings, land…
"With that, they have an important tool for determining the budgets," he added.