A range of priority issues for local government in South-East Europe, such as municipal finances, urban planning, energy and the environment, twinning and preparations for EU accession were addressed at the conference named “South-East Europe – Meeting the challenges”, which took place in Vienna on 6-7 November 2007. The conference was organized by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, together with the Austrian Städtebund and NALAS and it was attended by over 100 representatives of local governments and associations from over 20 countries. A final declaration was adopted stressing the participants’ commitment to “building stronger links with and between local and regional governments in the countries of South-East Europe, enabling the exchange of experience and good practice” since these “constitute the necessary and vital path to overcoming past differences”.

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