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NALAS is a network of associations of local authorities of South East Europe. The Network brings together 14 Associations which represent roughly 9000 local authorities, directly elected by more than 80 million citizens of this region. The NALAS Secretariat, based in Skopje, is responsible for the overall coordination and the implementation of the activities.

NALAS was created in 2001 following the first Forum of Cities and Regions of South-East Europe (Skopje, November 2000), organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The Network was established under the auspices of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe (Working Table 1) and the Council of Europe. During the first years, NALAS functioned as an informal organisation with regular meetings, seminars and training programmes. In July 2005 NALAS became an officially registered association with its seat in Strasbourg. The NALAS Secretariat was established in March 2007.



Established 2001

Networking 14 members

Gathering 9000 authorities

Observer status in the Committee of the Regions of the European Union

Observer status in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

NALAS Address:

Maison des associations

1a, place de Orphelins 

67000 Strasbourg, France

Tel:+33 38 8 25 19 39



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NALAS promotes the process of decentralisation in cooperation with central governments and international organisations, considering local self-government as a key issue in the current process of transition affecting the various countries in South-East Europe. NALAS builds partnerships in order to contribute to the reconciliation and stabilisation process in the region and henceforth contributes to the process of the European integration of the whole region.

NALAS initiates and carries out regional initiatives for its members and helps the associations to become viable representatives of local authorities vis-à-vis central government. NALAS aims to provide services to local governments for the benefit of the citizens in the region and wishes to develop itself as the knowledge centre for local government development in South-East Europe, recognised among all relevant stakeholders.



In line with its action plan, the NALAS Secretariat organizes task forces on specific themes important to local government in South-East Europe. NALAS focuses primarily on local finances, urban planning, waste management, institutional development and energy efficiency. The task forces on each of these topics develop the different projects and concrete activities.

Click here to learn more about the NALAS Task Force

In its efforts to strengthen local governance in South-East Europe, bringing it in line with the European standards, NALAS operates in accordance with the principles set forth in the European Charter of Local Self-Government and works with a wide array ofinternational partners and donors. NALAS is closely affiliated with the Congress of the Council of Europe, but NALAS has also acquired observer status to the Committee of the Regions (EU), and has good working relations with FEDRE, LGI, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, the Austrian Städtebund and the Council of Europe’s Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform.

From the start, NALAS received substantial funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The German Cooperation (GIZ) contributes predominantly to the many concrete projects developed by the NALAS task forces. 

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NALAS President

The NALAS President for the term 2022-2023 is Mr. Goran Cvetanović, Mayor of the City of Leskovac in Serbia, on behalf of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia (SCTM).


Dr. sc. med. Goran Cvetanovic was born on 11 March 1965 in Leskovac. He finished Grammar school in Leskovac and then graduated from the Faculty of Medicine University of Nis, where he earned the degree of medical doctor specialised in internal medicine, in addition to a PhD in Medicine.

The love for his mother country and fight for justice motivated him to enter the political scene of Serbia in 1996. He served as a Minister without portfolio in a term and he was a Member of the National Parliament in four terms.

Dr. sc. med. Goran Cvetanovic served as the President of the Local Parliament of the City of Leskovac two times. He will be remembered as the first Mayor of Leskovac. In June 2020, he was elected mayor for the fourth time in his career. As the Mayor of Leskovac he is dedicated to making Leskovac a modern and economically powerful city. The local budget is managed conscientiously, attention is equally paid to every single social category and tremendous effort is made to satisfy various social needs.

Dr. sc. med. Goran Cvetanovic is a member of the Presidency of the Serbian Progressive Party, he was elected member of Executive Board of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development and in 2021 he was elected member of NALED’s Managing Board for the third time, in December 2021 he was elected President of the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities.

He is a member of the Presidency of the Serbian Medical Society, member of Serbian Medical Chamber, the President of the Parliament of the Centre for the Development of Jablanica and Pcinja District, the President of the Federation of European Carnival Cities Serbia, and a co-author of a number of scientific works on various medical topics.

He was a member of the Health and Family Committee and the Committee for local self-governments in the Serbian Parliament, in addition to having been a member of the Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE.

He speaks English.

He is a father of two sons Nemanja and Viktor. 


Check out the first interview of Mayor Cvetanovic as NALAS President, where he shared inspiring thoughts about NALAS, challenges of local government, regional cooperation as one of the ways to address these challenges, and much more: 

NALAS 2022 Newsletter 

NALAS has a rotation Presidency system, with a President and three Vice-Presidents, who later become NALAS Presidents. The Vice-Presidents are nominated by the member LGAs and appointed by the General Assembly and represent NALAS at various events. In addition, they support the work of the Executive Bureau.

Current NALAS Vice-Presidents are:  Mr. Mehmet Ergün Turan from Turkey, Mr. Dušan Raičević from Montenegro and Mr. Marko Filipović from Croatia.




Mr. Mehmet Ergün Turan        Mr. Dušan Raičević                Mr. Marko Filipović


First NALAS Vice-President

The first NALAS Vice-President, Mr. Mehmet Ergün Turan, is the Mayor of Fatih, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Mr. Mehmet Ergün Turan was born in 1967 in Istanbul. He received his undergraduate degree from the Civil Engineering department of Istanbul Technical University. He was engaged in foreign commerce and construction sectors for several years when he conducted engineering and execution processes of many projects.

Between 1999 and 2005, he worked as the Deputy Mayor of Güngören Municipality as well as the Head of Zoning Commission and Council Member at Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. He served as the Deputy Chairman of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Council between 2007 and 2009, and later was elected as the Chairman of AK Party Group between 2009 and 2014. On 18 April 2014, he was appointed to the Prime Ministry’s Housing Development Administration.

He was active in urban planning, structure and city culture, conventional architecture; Turkish houses, the Seljuk and Ottoman architecture, settlement culture in Anatolia; local architectural tendencies, Istanbul and the historic peninsula together with local government in social, cultural, and economic scales and development models and conducted studies in these areas.

During his Presidency at the Housing Development Administration of the Republic of Turkey (TOKI), Mr. Turan pioneered construction of over 200,000 residences all around Turkey all having at most 6 stories in the framework of horizontal architecture, local architecture, and principles of neighbourhood culture. He took active part in the project of National Gardens that are being built and opened in all cities starting from Istanbul. Mr. Turan adopted “human cantered and human scale” settlement in the framework of sustainable environment and the city as his basic architecture and engineering principle.

On 30 November 2018, he resigned from his position as the President of TOKI to present his extensive experience in the public sector and local government to Fatih that is the heart of Istanbul and its residents. Mr. Turan was elected Mayor of Fatih on 31 March 2019.

He is married and has four children.


Second NALAS Vice-President

The second NALAS Vice-President, Mr. Dušan Raičević, is the Mayor of Bar, Montenegro.

Mr. Raičević was born on 14 February 1984. He attended elementary school and Gymnasium in Bar, where he was born, and he graduated with Cum Laude at Rochester Institute of Technology Croatia in Dubrovnik with major in Small Business Development. He speaks English and Italian.

He started his working experience in private business from 2008 until 2014 (CEO of PROMADURA FLORS D.O.O).  Mr. Raičević was Deputy Mayor from 2014 to 2018 and Acting HOD in the Secretariat for Economic and Finances from 2015 to 2017 in Municipality of Bar. He was also Chair in the Board of Directors of PREKOOKEANSKA PLOVIDBA AD from 2014 to 2017.

He was elected Mayor of Bar at the Constitutive session of Municipality of Bar Assembly on 3 August 2018.

Mr. Raičević is the President of the Governing Board of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro. He is also a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM).

Mr. Raičević is a member of the Rotary Club of Bar.

He is married.


Third NALAS Vice-President

The third NALAS Vice-President, Mr. Marko Filipović, is the Mayor of Rijeka, Croatia.

Mr. Marko Filipović was born in Rijeka, on 22 July 1980.

He finished the Faculty of Civil Engineering in 2004 at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. After finishing University and passing the Professional exam for carrying out urban planning and civil engineering activities in the professional field of civil engineering, Mr. Filipović started his engineering carrier, in 2004 as a Supervisory engineer.

Mr. Filipović began his political career in 2000, as a member of the Social Democratic Party of Croatia, holding various positions in the City of Rijeka as well as the Primorje - Gorski Kotar County, as City Council and County Assembly member. In the period of 2002 – 2010, Mr. Filipović was involved in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Youth Forum, holding the position of International Secretary of SDP Croatia Youth Forum from 2008 - 2010.

Within the City of Rijeka, Mr. Filipović was a member of the Commission in charge of development, urban planning, ecology and land management, 2008 – 2009, as well as a member of the Urban Development and Planning Board from 2002 - 2005. In 2013 he started his position as the Deputy Mayor of the City of Rijeka, which he held until 2021, when he was elected Mayor of the City of Rijeka, for the term 2021 – 2025. Since 2018 Mr. Filipović is the President of the city organization of the Social Democratic Party, Rijeka.

Mr. Filipović is a member of numerous professional associations, such as the Association of Cities in the Republic of Croatia, as Vice President since 2021 as well as Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) since 2022, when he was elected Vice President.

Tatiana Badan

2021 - 2022


Ms. Tatiana Badan

Mrs. Badan is an inspiring woman. She has over 28 years of experience in local public administration, serves as a Mayor for more than 18 years, in 5 mandates, and each time she was elected with more than 80% of the votes, which confirms the trust that her voters have in her program and her personality. Mrs. Badan emphasises that she is not politically affiliated, that makes it very difficult to attract funding from the state budget. This "weakness” made her work harder to attract foreign investments. In 2014 Mrs. Badan was awarded the title “Mayor of the Year”. Selemet is the biggest village from Cimișlia District having a population over 4,000 inhabitants.

During her long-lasting Mayor's career Mrs. Badan implemented various projects related to social centre for disabled and vulnerable children, kindergarten, general and music school, local museum, regional market for local producers, etc. In 2014 Selemet launched a new festival, unique in the country - "iProsop". Engaged for the cultural emancipation of the village, Tatiana Badan didn’t neglect the infrastructure projects. The central Selemet street was illuminated, was built a portion of the aqueduct to supply water to the village’s three sectors that have never had centralised water supply, was repaired a considerable segment of the village road, was created a waste disposal service. By integrating diaspora into local development, in the last years, Selemet has a boom of local producers and is increasing its potential as a rural tourism attraction.

Mrs. Badan is President of the Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova since its creation in 2010. Also, Mrs. Badan is very active internationally. From 2016 to 2020 she was the Head of the Moldovan Delegation to the Congress of Local and Regional  Authorities of the Council of Europe.

Mrs. Badan is a consistent promoter of gender equality and of the idea that women must participate in the governance structures at all levels and she advocates for the most active and fair involvement of women in the decision-making processes.

Check out the first interview of Mayor Badan as NALAS President, where she shared inspiring thoughts about role of local government, gender equality, local economic development and much more: 

Interview with the 13th NALAS President Mayor Tatiana Badan

Emanuil Manolov

2020 - 2021


Mr. Emanuil Manolov

Eng. Emanuil Manolov was elected as Mayor of Pavlikeni Municipality in 2011. He was born in Pavlikeni on 20 December 1969. In 1995, Mr. Manolov graduated Architecture and Construction at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Sofia University. Since 2004, he is a member of the Chamber of Engineers in Investment Design and Planning. Mr. Manolov is married and has a son.  

During his mandate as a Mayor, Pavlikeni Municipality attracted European funds of 50 million euros. For his active work, Mr. Manolov has been awarded with a “Mayor of the Month” award in the categories “Agriculture” and “Water attractions”.

The Municipality he leads, Pavlikeni, has been awarded two times with the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) of the Council of Europe.

Check out the first interview of Mayor Manolov as NALAS President, where he shared inspiring thoughts about regional cooperation, role of local governments in EU integration, leadership during crisis and much more: Interview with NALAS President, Mayor Emanuil Manolov


Petre Shilegov

2019 - 2020


Mr. Petre Shilegov

Mr. Petre Shilegov was born on June 12, 1969 in Skopje. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" in Skopje in 1995. Two years later he passed the bar exam and began his professional career as a lawyer in the law firm “Petre Shilegov” in 1999. In 2005 he was President of the Second-Instance State Appeal Commission on Public Procurements. Since 2013, he had been a Spokesperson for the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia until 2016 when he was elected Vice-President of the party.

At the parliamentary elections in 2014, he was elected an MP in the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia. He won his second consecutive term as an MP at the parliamentary elections in 2016 and performed this function until October 2017. Within the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, he was an active member of several parliamentary commissions and councils, including being a Chairperson of the Inquiry Commission for the Wiretapping, a member of the Standing Inquiry Commission for Protection of Civil Freedoms and Rights and a President of a parliamentary group of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia for cooperation with the Parliament of the Czech Republic.

After winning the first round of the local elections in 2017, he began his term as mayor of the City of Skopje, becoming the first Mayor of the City of Skopje from the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. Petre Shilegov is married and is a father of two children.

Darko Fras 

2018 - 2019


Mr. Darko Fras

Mr. Darko Fras, NALAS President for the period 2018-2019, Mayor of Sveta Trojica v Slovenskih Goricah in Slovenia and member of the Board of the Slovenian Association of Towns and Municipalities. Mr. Darko Fras graduated at the Faculty of Law of the University of Maribor in 1998. He started his professional career at the Institute for Local Self – Government and Public Procurement in Maribor as a Counsellor in organization and operating of municipal authorities.

He was Head of Municipal Administration for six years until 2006, when he was elected a Mayor of the Municipality of Sveta Trojica v Slovenskih Goricah. He is also an active board member of the Slovenian Association of Towns and Municipalities. Darko Fras was a member of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia and President of the Commission for Local Self-government and Regional Development from 2002 since 2012.

During his practice he has been involved in several international projects such as East West Parliamentary Practice Project as a permanent associate. He has also contributed in the cooperation with countries and Parliaments from Russia, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro (

Mico Micic

2017 - 2018


Mr. Mico Micic

Mr. Mićo Mićić is Mayor of Bijelina, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated at the Faculty of Physical Education of the University of Sarajevo in 1981. After the studies, in the period from 1981 to 1996, he worked as a professor of Physical Education in Secondary Education Centre Kalesija and Technical School "Mihajlo Pupin" in Bijeljina. From 1996 to 2000, he worked as a Head of Department of the Veterans and Disabled Persons in the Municipality of Bijeljina. After the elections in 2000, he was elected as Minister for Refugees and Displaced Persons in the Republic of Srpska Government. He performed this duty until 2003. From 2003 to 2005 he worked as a Minister of Labor and Veterans and Disabled People’s Protection.

In October 2005, at the local elections, Mr. Mićić was elected for Mayor of Bijeljina Municipality, and re-elected in 2008. After Bijeljina got the City status, at the local elections held in 2012, Mr. Mićić was elected the first Mayor of the City of Bijeljina. Since he became head of local administration, Bijeljina has been developing rapidly and has become one of the main centers of economy of Republic of Srpska and the whole Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2013, Mr. Mićić has been elected as a President of the Association of Municipalities and Towns of the Republic of Srpska.

During his mandate, Mr. Mićić has received many awards, such as: "the Best Manager of BiH in the field of local governance" for 2008 and 2012, "European Mayor of Republic of Srpska" in 2012, "Gold Medal - Leader of the local government of the decade" in 2012, etc.

Naim Ismajli

2016 - 2017


Mr. Naim Ismajli

Mr. Naim Ismajli is Mayor of Shtime Municipality and President of the Board of the Association of Kosovo Municipalities (website).

Mr. Ismajli has graduated at the Faculty of Economy in Pristina, at the Department of Management and Informatics, and has in 2008 defended his master thesis in developing a local development strategy. Mr. Ismajli has started his professional career in the education sector, working as a professor and deputy director of a school. Then, Mr. Ismajli continued his career in the local government, as a Director of the Agriculture, Forestry and Environment Department, and a Chief Executive Officer in the Municipality of Shtime. As of 2007, he has been elected a Mayor of Municipality of Shtime and is serving his second term.

Emil Draghici

2015 - 2016


Mr. Emil Drăghici

Mr. Emil Drăghici is Mayor of Vulcana-Băi, Dâmbovița County, Romania (website), President of the Association of Communes of Romania (website) and Prime Vice-President of the Romanian Federation of Local Authorities.

Mr. Emil DRĂGHICI graduated the Law Faculty of the Ecological University from Bucharest and he completes a PhD in Administration Sciences at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies from Bucharest. Starting to work for Vulcana-Băi city hall in 1978, in the bookkeeping department, he became the main accountant of this department and then, in 1990, director of the Taxes and Fees Department of the General Direction of the Public Finances of Dambovita County, after 2 years of working in this organization. In 1990 he became the Mayor of Vulcana-Băi commune, being elected for the sixth time in 2012.

As of 2005, Mr. Emil DRĂGHICI has been an observatory member of the Romanian delegation to the Committee of Regions in Brussels and from January 2007 he became full member of the Committee of Regions. He is alternate member of the Policy Committee of the Council of European Regions and Municipalities – CEMR - and member of the World Council of the United Cities and Local Governments – UCLG.

In Romania Mr. DRĂGHICI is a very active collaborator of the Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Finances, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Agriculture, working with different commissions for developing, adapting and changing normative acts which affect local public administration activity. His activity as lobbyist is very well known in Romania, being recognized by central administration as reliable partner.

He is also a member of the Commission for local loans licensing and approval and member in different national and regional committees dealing with rural and regional development.

Đuro Bukvić

2014 - 2015


Mr. Đuro Bukvić

Mr. Đuro Bukvić, Mayor of the Municipality of Lukač in Virovitica-Podravina County in Croatia (website) and President of the Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Croatia – UORH (website) served his mandate as NALAS President between 2014 and 2015.

Mr. Bukvić spent the biggest part of his working life in the business environment as a sales agent, and since 1999 as an entrepreneur and general manager of a private company, developing thriving projects. He was elected a Mayor of Municipality of Lukač in 2005 and he is now serving his third mandate. His entrepreneurial spirit contributed to the economic development of the area which is proven by the number of private companies that increased from 4 to 50. In addition, during his mandate 20 million EUR have been invested in municipal infrastructure.

In late 2013 Mr. Bukvić has been elected as a President of UORH for the second time, and in 2012 as the Chair of KOLOS – Coordination of Local Self-Governance in Croatia established together with the Association of Cities in the Republic of Croatia.

As a football player in his early years, Bukvić is infatuated with sports and healthy life-style and is now a Vice-President of the Croatian Football Federation and member of UEFA's Fair Play and Social Responsibility Committee, acting in a vast array of fields from disability sport to anti-racism and education for health and peace.

Anton Peršak

2013 - 2014

Mr. Anton Peršak

Mr. Anton Peršak, Mayor of the Municipality of Trzin in Slovenia and member of the Presidency of the Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia served his mandate as NALAS President between 2013 and 2014.

Mr. Peršak graduated comparative literature and literary theory at the Faculty of Arts and theatre and radio directing at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Slovenia. He started his career in politics with joining the Slovenian Independence Movement in the 80's. Fighting for democracy and independence of Slovenia, he has been one of the co-writers of the famous “writers constitution” in 1988. Mr. Pershak has been a Member of the Parliament from 1990-1996 and is state councillor since 2002. He has also twice been elected as vice-president of the Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia.

One of the best indicators of his competence is the fact that Mr. Peršak remains Mayor of Trzin, one of the most developed municipalities in Slovenia, since 1999. In his attempt to make Trzin the first low-energy municipality in Slovenia, he follows a strategic development plan with emphasis on life-quality, integration of housing estate and economic growth, as well as his excellent sense for the needs of its residents. For this reason municipality of Trzin enforced low-interest rate loans for better façades isolation and window exchanges, improved the energy rates of public buildings, and took care of gas supply and the use of biomass. These efforts culminate in the construction of a kindergarten with the use of solar and geothermal energy.

Özgen Keskin

2012 - 2013

Mr. Özgen Keskin

Mr. Özgen Keskin, the Mayor of the Bursa/Yıldırım District Municipality in Turkey and an Executive Committee member of the Union of Municipalities of Marmara served his mandate as NALAS President between 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Özgen Keskin graduated at the Turkish Literature Department of Education Faculty and holds a masters degree in Turkish Language and Literature at Atatürk University. Starting his career as a teacher of Turkish Language and Literature in different cities of Turkey and a school director, he has also served as a director of National Education. He is the author of eighteen books. He served as Deputy Mayor. He took part in some NGO's such as head of Union of Writers and Intellectuals Organization. He was appointed to Regional Directorate of Foundations in 1997. He was elected as Mayor of Yıldırım Municipality at the local elections in March 2004, where he is still a mayor.

Vladimir Moskov

2009 - 2012

Mr. Vladimir MOSKOV

Mr. Vladimir Moskov, mayor of the Municipality of Goce Delcev in Bulgaria was president of NALAS between 2009 and 2012. Mr Moskov, a Bulgarian national, graduated pedagogy at the Neophyte Rilski University in Bulgaria.

The Municipality of Goce Delchev is located in the south-western part of Bulgaria, along the river Mesta. The municipality covers one town with the same name and 10 villages. The total territory is just over 315 square kilometres and is inhabited by approximately 33 000 citizens. Mr Moskov has been mayor of Goce Delchev since 1995, after being president of the municipal council since 1993.

Tarzan Milosevic

2005 - 2009


Mr. Tarzan Milosevic, currently Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Montenegro, was president of NALAS between 2005 and 2009.

Mr Milosevic was mayor of Bijelo Polje from 2002 to 2010 and has also been a member of the Parliament of Serbia and Montenegro between years 2003 and 2006, president of the Managing Board of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro during years 2003 to 2007, member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe between 2003 and 2007 and member of the OSCE Parliament on behalf of Assembly of Serbia and Montenegro between 2004 and 2006. He is also a member of the Managing Board of the Agency for promotion of foreign investment in Montenegro.

We have many challenges ahead of us. Let us turn them into great opportunities. To turn the challenges into opportunities will be possible if we are ready to meet our responsibilities. This refers to delivering good governance in our cities and municipalities. We have to be aware of the fact that European standards can be implemented only if our local authorities are able to deliver high quality services and to promote cultural, social and economic development at local level, through appropriate political leadership. On the other hand, our regional cooperation can really help to overcome dividing lines within the region. We can do something that is very difficult for representatives of national level: unite through cooperation the region of SEE based on values such as democracy, human right, solidarity and tolerance.

More than 2,500 years ago, during the Athenian Golden Age, Pericles, looking at the Acropolis, said: “They will say of us that we have created the most beautiful and happiest of the cities.” A happy and prosperous society is our main goal, and democracy is the only way of achieving it.

- Mr Milosevic at the NALAS General Assembly in Podgorica on 15 December 2006

Goran Angelov

2004 - 2005


Mr. Goran Angelov, currently general director of the public enterprise for waste disposal "Drisla", is the first president of NALAS, serving his mandate between 2004 and 2005.

Mr Angelov became president of NALAS during his mandate as a Mayor of the Municipality of Vinica, where he served two 4-year mandates. As a Mayor, Mr Angelov was also elected to be President of the Association of the units of local self government of Republic of Macedonia - ZELS in 2000 and was closely involved in the policy reforms within the decentralization process. In 2001 Mr. Angelov was an appointed member and Chief of the Macedonian delegation at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities at the Council of Europe and vice president of the Ad Hoc Working Group for South-Eastern Europe.

From 2005 until 2009 Mr. Angelov was a general director of a private consulting company, Urban Rural Consulting. He has 10 years of experience managing the processes of municipal development and process of increasing the awareness of the necessity of the implementation of the process of decentralization in Republic of Macedonia as a step towards increasing the democratic values of local self-government and bringing the local decision - making process closer to the citizens.



The NALAS Secretariat is based in Skopje and is responsible for overall coordination and implementation of the activities of the Network, in line with its Strategic Plan and Annual Operation Plans.


NALAS Contacts:
home Varshavska 36 A
Skopje 1000
Republic of North Macedonia
phone +389 2 3090818



Kelmend Zajazi, Executive Director

Kelmend Zajazi heads the NALAS Secretariat as of March 2007. In the past, Zajazi worked with the USAID programs on Local Government Reforms and Democracy Network Program in Macedonia with Development Alternatives Inc. and the Institute for Sustainable Communities respectively. During 2001 – 2003, he also worked at the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office in Skopje where he supervised programs in the area of health, social welfare, etc; while in the period 2006 – 2007 he was the adviser of the Minister of Health for several projects which launched the reforms of the health sector in Macedonia. Zajazi has received his M.A. in Public Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and holds a medical degree from the Medical Faculty in Prishtine. He is the author of several publications in the area of good governance and the development of the civil society in the SEE region. His main interests are related to issues concerning institutional development, strategic planning, project cycle management, etc.



Jelena Janevska, Programme Director

Jelena Janevska joined NALAS Secretariat in May 2012, as Knowledge and Communication Manager. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the development area, focusing primarily on democracy building, good governance, rule of law, civil society development, decentralisation and local development, working for: UN, DPK International/USAID, Center for Institutional Development, PEP International/SIDA, Institute for Sustainable Communities/USAID and the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe. Ms. Janevska is a university lecturer (Modules: Crisis Communication, Public Relations, Business Communication, Project Management) and has extensive consultant and training experience. She holds a MSc degree in Local Development from the University of Trento, Italy, and a BA degree in Journalism and Communications from the University in Skopje.



Boran Ivanoski, Programme Officer

Boran Ivanoski joined NALAS in September 2013 as Project Officer. He has extensive experience in public administration reform, inter-municipal cooperation, regional development and capacity building of local government in SEE. Mr. Ivanoski has more than 15 years of experience in training needs assessment, curricula development, training delivery and evaluation of training for national and local authorities. He has practical experience in conducting functional analysis, organisational design as well as establishment of Human Resource Management setting in the central government institutions and Local-self Government Units. Mr. Ivanoski has worked with UNDP on Good Governance Programme, but also CARE International, International Rescue Committee, UNICEF etc. After 3 years working for NALAS focused on assessing territorial attractiveness and monitoring, solid waste and water management, and disaster risk management, he has acquired a deep understanding of the challenges of the local authorities in SEE. Mr. Ivanoski holds a master degree in Human Resource Management from the University in Skopje.



Jana Belcheva Andreevska, Digitalisation and Smart City Officer

Jana Belcheva Andreevska joined the NALAS Secretariat team in May 2022 to lead the growing efforts in digital transition and “smart city concept”. She has a degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication and over 20 years experience in the field of ICT, Earth observation and Geoinformation Technology. Her rich experience in the local government area comes from her previous position as former Chair of City Council of Centar Municipality in Skopje and member of the Municipal Council. In the last 10 years she has also worked on numerous international project with the World Bank, USAID, UN Agencies, etc. She is the author of several publications and studies in the area of Big Data use for transportation and corridor performance monitoring, Localizing Sustainable Development Goals for Municipality of Center, Municipal Development Index for Macedonian municipalities etc. 



Miodrag Kolić, Project Manager

Miodrag Kolić is a Project Manager responsible for implementation of regional projects for improved water management. Currently, he is a Quality Manager within the Project Implementation Team for implementation of the Project “Regional Capacity Development Network for Water and Sanitation Services” (RCDN). He was responsible for implementation of the projects “Local Leaders in SEE: Lead for change” and “Asset Management for water and sanitation sector in SEE”, in the period 2014-2016. Prior to this position, he was Programme Coordinator at the Forum Coordination Unit of the SDC “Community Forums” Programme implemented in Macedonia and Project Officer/Trainer at the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC). His professional experience is mainly focused on good governance, local community development, capacity building and training delivery for local authorities. He holds MBA and his education includes BS in Mechanical Engineering and Post-BA in Regional and Economic Development.



Semra Amet, Project Officer

Semra Amet joined NALAS Secretariat in September, 2017, from the position of Program Assistant at American Councils for International Education Macedonia. She holds a degree in law studies from the “Ss.Cyril and Methodius University” in Skopje. During her studies, she interned at the International Arbitration Law firm, Konrad & Partners. She has extensive training on and has been involved in many projects revolving around human rights, gender equality, democratic and political culture, interethnic dialogue and social entrepreneurship. From 2014- 2016 she was a Program Coordinator of the Sport and Art for Peace for Children Programme, at Generations for Peace. Semra has also worked with the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Skopje on democracy, decentralization and gender equality researches.



Joachim Roth, EU Project Officer

Joachim Roth joined NALAS in October 2015 as an integrated expert of the German International Cooperation (GIZ/CIM) and is since August 2021 a regular member of the Secretariat. His tasks as an EU Project Officer are centered in the positioning of NALAS vis-a-vis EU institutions and other relevant entities. He has more than 20 years of profesional experience with emphasis on democratization and descentralization processes, good governance and state modernization working for the German International Cooperation and EU institutions in Europe and abroad. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany and a postgraduate degree and Ph.D. in Political Science and Law from Aix-en-Provence University in France.



Zana Shehi, Junior Project and Administration Officer

Zana Shehi has worked with the Ministry of Interior of Macedonia serving as Assistant to the Deputy Minister in the period July 2017 to March 2018. She holds a degree in law studies from the “Ss. Cyril and Methodius University” in Skopje. Prior to that she has worked with  “Early Child Development and Research” and other peace - building organizations, facilitating children educational games in overcoming ethnic divisions.



Katerina Georgijevska, Finance Manager

Katerina Georgijevska is the Finance Manager at NALAS. She maintains the accounting system, prepares financial reports and makes sure that all NALAS activities run smoothly.



Sofija Karagjorgjeva, Finance Officer

Sofija Karagjorgjeva is responsible for NALAS financial activities and reporting. Before she joined the team, she worked as a Finance Expert for a World Bank project for energy efficiency within the Ministry of Economy and as Finance Officer for the Health Sector Management Project funded by the World Bank within the Ministry of Health. She has a graduate degree in economy and banking and has experience in financial management and accounting by working for government institutions, World Bank projects and non-profit organisations. 



Elena Boeva, Finance Officer

Elena Boeva joined NALAS in July 2017 at the position of Finance Officer. She has ten years work experience at ProCredit Bank Macedonia, working at several positions, such as: Client Advisor for five years, three years as Regional Manager for Client Advisors for Skopje and Western Region, two years as Regional Project Manager for Zona 24/7. She has practical experience in preparing financial reports, statistics, etc. Ms. Boeva holds a Degree in Business Administration, Marketing – Management from the Lindenwood University, USA.  



NALAS Task Forces

At the heart of NALAS are the Task Forces, bringing together the best experts from the region, competent association staff and professionals employed in the local government administration. These practitioners are most typically heading a local government department and are exposed in the front lines directly facing the consequences and challenges coming from policies and laws which define the system of local government.

Each Task Force is coordinated by a "Host Association", while each ongoing project is led by a "Lead Association". The Host Association can also lead one or more ongoing projects.

Host: Association of the Units of Local Self-government of Republic of Macedonia
Liaison Officer: Dusica PERISIC
Zhenevska bb, P. fah: 32,
1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Tel: +389 2 3099033, Fax: +389 2 3061994

AD in the NALAS Knowledge Centre

Host: Association of Kosovo Municipalities
Liaison Officer: Sazan IBRAHIMI
St. „Gustav Majer" 5, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo
Tel: +381 38 245732, Fax: +381 38 245733

EE in the NALAS Knowledge Centre

Host: National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria
Liaison Officer: Ginka CHAVDAROVA
Golash Street, Geo Milev, 1111 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: +359 2 9434468, Fax: +359 2 9434431

FD in the NALAS Knowledge Centre

Host: Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities
Liaison Officer: Zorica VUKELIC
Makedonska 22/VIII, 11000 Beograd, Serbia
Tel: +381 11 3223446, Fax: +381 11 3221215

SW in the NALAS Knowledge Centre

Host: Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia
Liaison Officer: Jasmina VIDMAR
Contact: Miha MOHOR
Partizanska cesta 1, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
Tel: +386 2 2341500, Fax: +386 2 2341503

UP in the NALAS Knowledge Centre

Host: Association of Municipalities and Cities of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Liaison Officer: Vesna TRAVLJANIN
Musala 5/1, 71000 Sarajevo,
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel: +387 33216502

ST in the NALAS Knowledge Centre