Eco Nord Forum members conducted a study tour in Macedonia
Eco Nord Forum members composed by 27 civil society organizations of North Albania conducted a study tour in Macedonia from 26-27 May with the aim to gain in-depth insights into current functioning and networking of their Macedonian counterparts. The visit was conceptualized in two parts. The first day the Eco-Nord Forum members met with Goce Toleski, head of Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) office in Struga who made an overview on JTS role and the support EU is giving regarding cross-border programmes. The participants asked questions on the ways to exchange experience in order to implement bigger projects. Discussions were focused also on the difficulties faced to win cross-border projects. The importance of networking to pursue common inspirations was also pinpointed. Mr.Tolesti stressed that EU has decision-making powers. The second meeting was organized with representatives of Struga Community Centre on issues regarding the annual budget for the youth and non-formal education as well as ways to get funding. On the second day of the study-tour, participants visited Ohrid. Second day Flamur Mullah Dameti, expert in Biology at the Centre for Sustainable Community Development talked about the geological and hydrological characteristics of National Park Galicica as well as the biodiversity of Ohrid lake. Main Ohrid tourists’ attractions were also visited. The study-tour was organized with the support of Albanian Local Capacity Development Foundation (ALCDF) as part of the activities to support the implementation of ECO NORD Project financed by the European Union.