A mayor and a chairman of a municipal council were guests at the first training under the project “Active Women – Thriving Democracy”

Metodi Baikushev – Mayor of Blagoevgrad and Vilimir Aleksandrov – Chairman of the Municipal Council – Simitli were guests in the session “Face to face with the local authority” during the first training for women under the project “Active Women – Thriving Democracy”, which took place on 29 and June 30 in Bansko. They shared their experiences, and the ensuing discussion seriously exceeded the predetermined time frame.

During the rest of the time, the twenty participants from the Blagoevgrad region went through lectures, question and answer sessions and small group activities. Among the topics discussed were the challenges and risks facing the local authorities in Bulgaria, the decentralization process, structure and principles of the municipal budget, political parties and their processes, civil participation in the processes of formulation, implementation and monitoring of social services at the local level.

More details about the project can be found here.
The project is funded by the Transatlantic Foundation’s PROTEUS project, co-financed by the European Union.