Urban Task Forces
- Baia Mare
- Alba Iulia
- Satu Mare
- Herceg Novi
Kavala Urban Task Force
Since the introduction of the recent no 3852 Local Administration Law of 2010, all Local Governments in Greece have at their disposal a new tool for public consultation: the Municipal Consultation Committee. The main problem is that the Consultation Committee actually exists as an extension of the city’s Council on the one hand and as a forum of the representatives of local public authorities and private bodies on the other, both of which never had a problem of participating in public decision making whatsoever. Those that were excluded from such privileges in the past still suffer political isolation: young entrepreneurs and scientists, people that feel uncomfortable with the established mechanisms and processes of public policy making, the creative youth, etc.
Thus, we perceived the introduction of the Urban Center and Urban Task Force tools as a unique opportunity to bring these precious local actors back in the game. The STATUS methodology allowed us to bypass the usual stakeholders that take part in the public hearings and invite first the young, creative, enthusiastic and start-upers of the region and manage to install a new spirit & culture before opening the scene to the usual players of our local affairs. This way, our efforts to make a difference with the Urban Center certainly have better chances.
The Kavala UTF is the result of an ongoing process of stakeholder pool distillation , as for the municipality the process does not end with STATUS but rather begins with it, through the constitution of the Kavala Urban Center. The Urban Task Force initially crystallized in the STATUS stakeholder workshops represents a first step in providing the city with an active group supporting the capacity building of the local urban system as a whole to define, evaluate and apply solutions for pressing problems. On the other hand the KUC group represents a task force in itself, and while common grounds and parallelism exist between these two groups both overseen by Kavala Municipality, the relation between them will need to be defined in the following period of implementation.
The objectives of the UTF are to plan, coordinate and monitor relevant activity of the stakeholders and to implement the Strategic Agenda in line with local needs, existing planning documents and feasibility studies. The purpose of the informal agreement in Kavala has been to create the good practice of open and recurring discussion between the Urban Task Force members.
The Urban Task Force (UTF) of Kavala will be a constant generator of proposed solutions for the problems faced by the Municipality and its local area.
The Municipality of Kavala, as a main financing body of the UTF and UC in the first stage, will have sole ownership and responsibility of the activities implemented. The Urban Task Force members and other collaborating stakeholders participate with time and commitment to the various actions to be implemented. The aim would be to turn the Urban center and Urban Task force into a type of Public – private body. On the medium term – within 3 years, the profile of the Urban center will be shifted to that of an NGO.
Baia Mare Metropolitan Task Force
Alba Iulia Urban Task Force
Provincia di Foggia Territorial Task Force
the definition of strategies, actions/interventions and the Agenda for their implementation;
the coordination of public and private interventions, which must be considered with a variable geometry;
the sensitization and involvement of local actors, and of communities in general, through appropriate communication actions;
the support and monitoring of agreements and initiatives already in place.