Over a million dollars in MEG2 project grants to eight local governments

Based on the progress in the field of good governance and environmental protection, achieved within the framework of the Municipal Environmental Management Project (MEG2) during the past 12 months, eight local self-government units (LGUs) received the right to non-refundable financial support for the implementation of their priority infrastructure projects in the area of ​​the environment, in the total amount of 1,030,000 USD.

Namely, in the past period, the MEG2 project provided intensive technical support to partner local governments in the field of strengthening good governance and environmental protection.

After an independent evaluation, a ranking list of MEG2 partner LGUs that achieved the greatest progress according to the indicated indicators was determined. The independent evaluation of the achieved progress was carried out in accordance with the Methodology for the allocation of results-based financial support for partner local self-government units, developed as part of the MEG2 project and is fully evidence-based.

The water supply in the Upper Slatina Municipality in Šamac was built after the City of Šamac was awarded for its performance in 2023, Photo: UNDP

Of the partner LGUs that participated in the first phase of the MEG project, Prnjavor, Tešanj and Gradiška achieved the right to use grants. Apart from them, the right to use grants was achieved by Istočno Novo Sarajevo, Ilijaš, Srbac, Šamac and Široki Brijeg, as partner LGUs that joined the MEG project in the second phase.

Through their work and commitment, these eight local governments have earned the right to grant non-refundable financial resources, which can be used for the implementation of priority infrastructure projects in the area of ​​the environment, defined in their development strategies.

We remind you that last year, grants were also awarded to the most successful local governments, and in addition, these local governments invested an additional two million and 800,000 dollars of their own funds in the approved projects.

The second phase of the Municipal Environmental Management Project is currently being implemented in 30 local self-government units, and is jointly financed by the Government of Switzerland, Sweden and the Government of the Czech Republic, as well as the European Union, while the project is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Source: akta.ba