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South-East European Local Governments in Post Covid-19 Socio-Economic Recovery

2020 - A survey of 146 respondents, of which 137 local governments and 9 Local Government Associations from SEE


Kelmend Zajazi, Executive Director, et. al.


Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South East Europe (NALAS)


South-East European (SEE) local governments (LGs) have been and will certainly remain at the forefront in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic social and economic crisis. In serving and protecting their communities they have been facing unprecedented challenges in multiple dimensions. SEE local governments have been responding to these challenges with a strong spirit of solidarity, putting their citizens lives before everything else and working tirelessly to provide support to the most vulnerable.

The crisis required local governments to take timely measures to shut down selected local services, quickly switch to remote working practices and digitalise administrative services, expand programs for securing citizens healthcare, expand social protection and care for a significantly higher number of vulnerable people, take measures to allow the smooth implementation of online or long-distance learning, etc. In the aftermath of the control or minimisation of the first wave of infection SEE local governments have taken specific ad hoc measures to support the survival of their local communities and economies.

The purpose of this survey is to help improving the understanding over the impact of the COVID-19 crisis at the local government level in South-East Europe, identifying effective and innovative social and economic recovery strategies and ultimately helping formulating concrete policy proposals to inform advocacy efforts of NALAS member Local Government Associations.


COVID-19 Digitalisation & Communication Public Health & Public Services Local economy & industrie Good Urban Governance Urban management and administration Urban budget and municipal finances Integrated urban development Security in cities Municipal services Solid waste management and recycling Water supply / sewage Local economic development


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