Thursday, November 26, 2009

South Western Serbia Development Program Starting in Prijepolje

By: Bojana Jankovic
Prijepolje, Nov.21, 2009 (Serbia Today) - As part of the Program to Support Development in South Western Serbia (PRO), a meeting was held in the municipal meeting hall of Prijepolje on Wednesday, November 18th. The objective of the meeting was for the program representatives to publicly review the results of an public opinion poll carried out by Strategic Marketing in the area.
The municipality of Projepolje belongs to the Zlatibor District, and is located in the South Western part of Serbia, close to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.
The PRO’s plans to spur develop in the South Western region of Serbia is taking place in eight municipalities; Novi Pazar, Ivanjica, Priboj, Prijepolje, Nova Varos, Raska, Tutin and Sjenica. The goal of this program is to strengthen the capacity of municipalities to plan and achieve sustainable socio-economic development that will in turn allow for an improvement in the quality of life for the citizens in this part of Serbia.
The most recent phase of the study explored the satisfaction levels of residents with services provided by the municipality. The study examined if residents are satisfied with registrar services, issuance of permits for construction, social payments, services provided by state owned enterprises, and other social services.
Of the respondants that were polled, 74% considered that the municipality provides quality services to its citizens. The positive result indicates that recent changes in local administration are making an impact on residents in the area.
The Delegation of the Europen Commission, the Europen Union and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation funded the development of this program in South Western Serbia, which is being implimented by the Union Nations Development Program (UNDP) in cooperation with the Serbian Government and the municipalities involved the PRO.

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