Memorandum of Understanding signed between IAWD and NALAS


Naim Ismajli, NALAS – President and Walter Kling, IAWD – Secretary General

NALAS brings together 16 associations which represent roughly 9000 local authorities, directly elected by more than 80 million citizens of this region. NALAS promotes the process of decentralisation in cooperation with central governments and international organisations, considering local self-government as a key issue in the current process of transition affecting the various countries in the South-East Europe.

During the XI NALAS (Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe) General Assembly, held in Pristina on 14 and 15 April 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NALAS and IAWD. "I am happy that I was able to attend NALAS conference yesterday and learn about the challenges of local governments in the Region when it comes to investments. We are here to join actions, develop capacities and improve services to citizens", said Mr. Walter Kling on behalf of IAWD.

"In the past several years, with the support of the GIZ Open Regional Funds - Modernisation of Municipal Services, NALAS has been working intensively to improve the conditions in the water and waste water sector, supporting municipalities to provide well managed, good quality and sustainable water services to their citizens. During this process, we have met a valuable partner, IAWD, and have started an exchange of knowledge and expertise, being aware that municipalities and their integral part, the public utilities, must work closely together in improving the services and planning investments. Today, by signing the MoU, we are bringing the existing cooperation with IAWD at a next level", said Mayor Naim Ismajli, the new NALAS President.

Further information on NALAS can be found here.


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New Initiative for Informal Exchange Among Senior Management of Utilities – CEO Meeting convened 2016 in Vienna

The purpose of this IAWD CEO Meeting is to initiate and establish a regular opportunity for Leaders of the water sector in the Danube region to share information and experience with one another on topics of mutual interest related to utilitity management. IAWD is planning to convene at least one such meeting every year as part of its offer of benefits to utilities for participation in the organization.

On March 4 2016 Senior Executives from Water Utilities in the Danube region were invited to the launch of a new initiative of IAWD to expand exchange between Senior executives of utilities in the region. The first CEO Meeting was held in Vienna with the aim for senior executives of key water utilities in the Danube region to share information and experience with one another on topics of mutual interest related to utility management. The kick-off event featured a presentation from the CEO of Budapest Waterworks Csaba Haranghy that triggered intense discussion among the participating executives.

The Managing Director Vienna Waterworks, Wolfgang Zerobin, stated at the end of the meeting that seldom “have I had such a chance to exchange with other leaders of utilities in such a friendly and engaging atmosphere.”