On October 7, 2022 the project “Increasing civic participation in local energy efficiency policies and activities in Rila municipality” was presented to the local community in the hall of the Municipal Council in Rila municipality.
On behalf of the Association, Mr. Ergin Ermin thanked the mayor of Rila municipality – Georgi Kabzimalski and the Executive Director of BSoP – Ivan Nachev for the cooperation in the development of the project, and presented its goals. Mr. Ivan Nachev emphasized the activities and methodology of the project and the benefit for the municipality of Rila from its implementation.
The overall objective of the project is to increase citizen participation in the formation, implementation and monitoring of the implementation of local policies on energy efficiency in the municipality of Rila.The planned activities of the project analyze the state of local policies in the field of energy efficiency in terms of their implementation and involvement of citizens in the planning and implementation processes. This includes analysis and evaluation of two strategic documents from the past programming period (2014-2020) and three current ones, regulating and formulating energy policy at the level of Rila Municipality. Particular attention will be paid to the implemented and envisaged opportunities for involvement and participation of all stakeholders in the process of planning, implementation and control of energy efficiency measures. Based on the information from these analyzes, recommendations will be made for improving the strategic documents of the Municipality of Rila in order to achieve effective civic participation in their implementation.
The project is financed by the Operational Program “Good Governance” (OPGG), co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union.