No. 7 - July 2009.
www.ni.rs In This Issue: OLYMPIC POOL READY FOR SWIMMERS
AGREEMENT ON ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NIŠ REGION FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT
NIŠ – MEMBER OF BALKAN ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION
OLYMPIC POOL READY FOR SWIMMERS
CITY OF NIŠ, FIRST SERBIAN CITY IN WORLD HISTORICAL CITIES LEAGUE
Niš City Mayor Miloš Simonović and Republic of Serbia Minister for Sport and Youth Snežana Marković Samardžić visited the completed open Olympic pool in Čair.
BUSINESSMEN AND CITIZENS SPEAK OUT!
FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR FASTER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
MEDICAL FACULTY NEW BUILDING
AMBASSADOR OF GREECE VISITED NIŠ
TURKISH AMBASSADOR IN NIŠ
LANDSCAPES OF CYPRUS AT EXHIBITION IN NIŠ
ANNIVERSARY OF SIGNING FIRST SERBIAN DIPLOMATIC AGREEMENT
CITY SUPPORTS MEDIANA MUNICIPALITY PROJECTS
OLD CEMETARY – NEW APPEARANCE
The total construction costs of the open Olympic pool amounts to 1 million euros. The construction of the pool for dive competition can be expected soon. Thus, the City of Niš will be the only center beside Belgrade which can organise sport competitions on the water. Mayor Simonović pointed out that the construction of the Olympic pool in the park Čair was
the example of successful cooperation between the City and the Republic. The city covered 20% of the total construction costs, while the remaining 80% was financed by Republic. The Mayor announced the construction of small pool as well as the courts for football, basketball and volleyball for the citizens of Niš to have the recreational and entertainment
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AGREEMENT ON ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NIŠ REGION FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT facilities during summer. Republic of Serbia Minister for Youth and Sport Snežana Samardžić Marković announced new investments.
The construction of the sport hall is planned to be completed by 2012 and this hall will be the venue of European Handball Championship. 70 million dinars have been secured from the EIB credit line.
Children swimming pool
Olympic swimming pool
In accordance with the National Strategy for Waste Management and with the aim of EU accession, the City of Niš and municipalities of Doljevac, Gadžin Han, Merošina, Svrljig and Aleksinac signed the Agreement on establishment of the Niš Region for Waste Management and joint management of solid communal waste. Beside the Mayor of Niš Miloš Simonović and the presidents of above mentioned municipalities, the Agreement signing was also attended by the representatives of the Ministry for Environmental Protection, Mr. Dragan Vasiljević, adviser to the manager of the Fund for Environmental Protection and Mr. Zoran Tešić, Head of the Sector for waste management.
The aim of the joint waste management is to establish a long-term sustainable regional system of waste treatment so that it has minimal detrimental influence on the environment and health of today and future generations, with rational resources using and with respect for modern principles of waste management. For the needs of establishing this region the Regional Strategic Plan for Waste Management will be elaborated and implemented. The Regional Plan is a
comprehensive program document which will anticipate the elements for waste treatment and waste management problems resolving, respecting the principles of integral waste management as well as all legal measures defining this field. The Regional Plan is to be brought for the period of 10 years, and to be reviewed every five years, for the next ten years. The implementation of the Regional Plan includes construction and equipping of the waste management system: Waste collecting system Waste transportation system Plants for temporary disposal Plants for waste treatment Regional sanitation landfill for waste disposal.
The regional sanitation landfill for the disposal of communal waste will be built for the plan period of minimum 20 years in accordance with the principle of nearness and regional accession to the waste management.
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NIŠ – MEMBER OF BALKAN ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION Niš City Mayor Miloš Simonović signed the Protocol on cooperation with Balkan Ecology Association - BENA. This Protocol envisages the joint work on development and implementation of the projects referring to the environment protection. The priorities of Balkan Ecology Association are responding to ecology problems, defining the ecology priorities, monitoring of the effects of the negative ecological factors on the public health and the implementation of the projects with the objection of promoting the environment quality. On the occasion of Protocol signing, the BENA representatives announced the opening of the BENA regional office in Niš which would implement the projects in South Serbia together with the local administration. The focus of the initial project would be on the examination of the underground waters quality and definition of
the measures to be undertaken in order to decrease the pollution. Mayor Simonović expressed his expectations about the implementation of the Laws referring to the environment protection on the local level through the realization of the projects with BENA. "It is our task to raise the consciousness of the citizens about the importance of environment protection and then to implement the projects in accordance with EU standards", said Mayor Simonović.
CITY OF NIŠ, FIRST SERBIAN CITY IN WORLD HISTORICAL CITIES LEAGUE The objective of joining the World League of Historical Cities is the international promotion of Niš City historic and cultural inheritance and the establishment of cooperation with other member cities. World League of Historical Cities is international organization which gathers 78 cities from 52 countries. It was founded in 1987 and the seat of the organization is in Kyoto, Japan. The members of this League are the cities with rich and representative history and the aim of gathering them is the promotion of historic and cultural inheritance, strengthening the links between the member cities in order to overcome racial, ethnic and
religious differences in the process of bringing closer all world nations. Recognising the historical values of our city as on of the oldest cities in the Balkans, the League invited Niš City to join this organization. The City of Niš is the first city from Serbia to affirm its history as tourism potential.
BUSINESSMEN AND CITIZENS SPEAK OUT! Within the regulatory reform project entitled "Strengthening Competitiveness on Local Level" which is implemented by International Financial Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank together with the City of Niš and five Niš City municipalities, the businessmen and the citizens have been invited to give their comments and recommendations for the advancement of administrative procedures applied in the city and municipality administrations.
The businessmen and the citizens who encountered the problems in dealing with the city and municipality administrations can send their suggestions to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org The representatives of Niš City and all five Niš City municipalities signed the Agreement with IFC on joint work on the development of better conditions for functioning through the simplification of the administrative procedures and the provision of better services to the entrepreneurs. Thus, the citizens and business men will have more efficient and modern local administration which will be in service of its citizens and interested investors. The Guillotine of Regulations also envisages better relations between the citizens and local administration representatives.
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FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR FASTER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The first meeting of the Steering Committee of the Expert Teams working on development of the bankable feasibility studies for environmental and technical upgrading of Constantine the Great Airport, as well as, for wastewater treatment plant development program for PUC Naissus was held in Niš City Hall.
Mr. Carl Edberg, the representative of Swedish Ministry of External Affairs, which is co-financing these projects together with the City of Niš, said that he was very pleased with the project progress since the well developed feasibility study represented precondition for determining the project implementations strategy which should be put into function of local development.
SEK Presentation of Implemented Project Activities
"The management teams from airport and Naissus are very competent and very motivated and of great assistance to our consultants and together they make good working teams", said Edberg and he confirmed that project activities were carried out according to the envisaged time frame. Mr. Edberg added that it was very important that the Mayor himself participated in this meeting and thus proved once again his personal commitment to the implementation of these projects. Mayor Simonović said that the City of Niš would be the only city in Serbia which would satisfy the EU standards on planning, project creation and devising financial modules by the development of those bankable feasibility studies. Those studies will provide greater level of Niš city competitiveness while searching financial resources and investments.
MEDICAL FACULTY NEW BUILDING Mayor Miloš Simonović and the Dean of the Medical Faculty Milan Višnjić laid foundation for construction of the new facilities of this university institution. The modern classrooms, four laboratories and five amphitheatres are to be constructed within the new building. Beside these, also the congress room is planned where international congresses and lectures from the field of medicine are to be held. "Such meetings will be of special importance for the students and professors, as well as for further education improvement and science development monitoring, among others, through the exchange of experiences and achievements, said the Mayor and the Dean. On the occasion of the official works start on the construction of the new building, Mayor Simonović said that Medical Faculty in Niš was an excellent example how schools could be developed from its own means and sources. "The City is ready to offer every kind of support with the aim of science development and promotion", said Simonovic and emphasized that through the construction of these laboratories and classrooms the students of Medical Faculty in Niš would get the most modern working and education conditions which was the city objective as well.
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AMBASSADOR OF GREECE VISITED NIŠ His Excellency Mr. Dimosthenis Stoidis, the ambassador of Greece in Serbia visited officially the City of Niš for the first time and met with Niš City Mayor Mr. Miloš Simonović. "The abolition of visa for traveling into EU countries for citizens of Serbia will open new possibilities for cooperation. Long term and successful economic and cultural cooperation with Greece can be extended into opening the Greek Cultural Center here in Niš", suggested the Mayor Simonović. "The initiative of opening Greek Cultural Center in Niš as Mayor Simonović suggested is an excellent idea. That would be a good way to link Greece with the city whose past is undoubtedly connected with the history of our
culture and with Christianity in whole. It would be the logical continuation of the project of Greek Cultural Center which was opened in Belgrade on July 3 by Greek president Mr. Carolos Papulas", said Stoidis.
LANDSCAPES OF CYPRUS AT EXHIBITION IN NIŠ The exhibition of posters with landscapes of Cyprus entitled People and Their Landscapes, organized by Republic of Cyprus Embassy in Serbia with the support of the City of Niš, was opened by H.E. Mr. Homer Mavrommatis, the ambassador of Republic of Cyprus. The member of Niš City Hall, Mr. Žarko Ranković, greeted the guests on the behalf of the Niš City as well as the idea to have this kind of promotion of Cyprus by Republic of Cyprus Embassy.
TURKISH AMBASSADOR IN NIŠ His Excellency Mr. Ahmet Suha Umar, the ambassador of Turkey in Serbia, come to first official visit to the City of Niš. At the reception hosted at Niš City Hall, Niš City Mayor Miloš Simonović, presented the potentials of the city from the perspective of the regional center of this part of Serbia. The ambassador Umar and the Mayor Simonović discussed the possible cooperation in the areas of economy, culture and tourism. More than 250.000 Serbs visit Turkey each year. On the other hand only 10.000 to 15.000 Turkish tourists visit Serbia. The ambassador said that this kind of balance was bad but he was convinced that this situation could be changed. He announced coming of the first Turkish tourist groups the following month. He added that the cooperation in the area of culture was the best way to improve the situation.
The ambassador said that the performance of Yildiz Ibrahimova bend at this year Nišville is the actual example of the cooperation. Ambassador confirmed that he would come to Nišville. Mayor Simonović said that economic cooperation with Turkey was one of the priorities and he pointed out that he agreed with the ambassador on the participation of the Turkish business delegation to Niš Investment Forum 2009.
Mr. Mavrommatis presented the exhibition emphasizing that the Cypriots were very proud of their rich history, cultural heritage, and famous natural beauties. He added that the Cyprus as modern state was proud of EU membership. His Excellency pointed out that beside proved friendship between Serbian and Cyprus there were also similarities between the religion and history drawing attention to the fact that both countries had been liberated from the Ottoman Empire in 1878 and that Helen, the Emperor Constantine's mother, on her visit to Cyprus, left the part of the cross at the top of the mountain Stavrouni near Larnaka. "We are well known for our hospitality and we keep our doors always open, so let's walk together through this door that we have opened here in Niš today and they will leads us through beautiful landscapes of our country", said the ambassador Mavrommatis.
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ANNIVERSARY OF SIGNING FIRST SERBIAN DIPLOMATIC AGREEMENT The City of Niš and City Municipality Pantelej celebrated 820th anniversary of the signing of the first international cooperation agreement. During the Third Crusade the German Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa and the Grand Serbian Prince Stefan Nemanja met in Niš on July 27, 1189 and made an agreement on mutual assistance and cooperation. The meeting was held with the highest state honors and it was dedicated to wise and well thought international policies proved in the best diplomatic manner. On this occasion, the City of Niš and the City Municipality Pantelej, which was named after the Church of Saint Pantelejmon, the endowment of Stefan Nemanja where the meeting of two mighty leaders took place, organised the ceremony dedicated to this jubilee date from Western European civilisation history. The president of the City Municipality Pantelej said that it was the intention of the municipality to
remember and mark together with the city all the important historical dates. "We will try to remind ourselves of the wisdom of our ancestors and to learn from the important decision they made in the course of history", said president Dinić. The ceremony was attended by Niš City Mayor Miloš Simonović, Niš City Council members, Niš Eparchy representatives and the representatives from the German Embassy in Belgrade and German business community in Serbia.
OLD CEMETARY – NEW APPEARANCE The whole complex of old cemetery will get complete new appearance after the reconstruction in the following three years. The city municipality Palilula with the support of the City of Niš will continue the restoration and reconstruction of the Eastern side of old Niš cemetery and then proceed to the West side. The city allocated 3,5 million dinars for the continuation of the works. The old Niš cemetery covers the area of 8 acres. More than 3,5 acres of that area are neglected. Niš Institute for Monument Protection prepared the conceptual project for the conservation and restoration of this cultural monument.
CITY SUPPORTS MEDIANA MUNICIPALITY PROJECTS Mayor Miloš Simonović visited the City Municipality Mediana. On that occasion municipality president Dragoslav Ćirković introduced the Mayor to the projects related to the promotion of the archeological site Mediana and St. Sava Park. The idea is to open Info-point at the Mediana site with the guides who would provide tourists information about this archeological site. The second project refers to the development of the land parcel between the church of St. Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen and the school "St. Sava". According to the
project the fountain with the bridge would be constructed as well as a new playground with toys for children. Mayor Simonović said that he supported that project approach and announced that the City would support those two projects through approving the half of predicted financial costs. Simonovic said that the City would support both financially and by human resources each project related to our citizens life quality improvement and environmental promotion.
New fence will be placed as well as new street lights. New video monitoring will be installed after the completion of the reconstruction. Also, the complex will be secured by engagement of the guards. All these measures will be undertaken with the objective to protect the monuments from the distraction.
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