On 10 and 11 February 2015, in Vienna, Austria, NALAS took part in the first Partners Forum organized within the second phase of the World Bank-Austria Urban Partnership Program (UPP). At the Forum, NALAS presented its e-Academy, established with UPP’s support, that already offers three e-learning courses for local governments. Also, NALAS presented its role within the South-East 2020 strategy.

The Forum discussed the achievements and lessons learned of the first phase of UPP in the key program areas that targeted local governments in the Western Balkans countries: financial management, urban audit, social audit and anti-corruption. Also, participants discussed ways to move forward in the new program phase, but also looked for synergies with other programs active in the Region.