The European charter of local self-government, promoted by the Council of Europe, provides principles for political, administrative and financial independence of local authorities. We guide EU candidate countries and countries already in the union through EU local government policies and legal frameworks.
These aspects guide our work with candidate and potential candidate countries to the EU as well as countries falling within the neighbourhood policies of the EU.
Except for the Swedish experience of EU accession, SALAR and SKL International both have a long and rigorous experience of supporting the most recent candidate countries with legal advice and reforms.
SKL International has provided technical assistance to many new member states while they were still in accession. This work comprises cooperation with ministries, national agencies, local governments and NGOs. Our work includes services related to:
- Technical assistance in line with European local governance and good practice
- Technical assistance in alignment with EU legislation
- Guidance to associations in conducting impact analysis of European Integration and harmonization
- Guidance to access EU funding
- Expertise for the Committe of Regions
- Advice to EU-impact studies in Turkey and Albania
One organisation we cooperate with is Platforma, which coordinates the voice of European local and regional authorities in the field of decentralised cooperation. During 2011-2014, Platforma is conducting a policy-oriented project aiming to support the European Commission to explore how it could create space for Local Authorities and Associations of Local Authorities in policy dialogue, as well as to help it better understand Local Authorities contexts in partner countries. SKL International participates in the project by conducting regional seminars for the Middle East and Eurasia in end 2013-2014 together with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), United Cities of France (CUF) and International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF).
Support to Local Governments in Serbia in the EU Integration Process
SKL International is implementing a project based on a partnership between the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). The capacity of Serbian Local Governments to respond to EU accession requirements is strengthened through enhanced effectiveness of SCTM to support the interests of its members.