Discover Benelux, Issue 28, April 2016

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Cities in Wallonia This month, we have asked the Union of Cities and Municipalities of Wallonia (UVCW) to tell us more about their organisation as an introduction to our business section. They will explain how the union operates and what they do for its members. Following on from that, we are featuring an article on Braine-l’Alleud, a Walloon city just south of Brussels, which has a riveting history and stunning, natural surroundings. TEXT & PHOTOS: UVCW

The Union of Cities and Municipalities of Wallonia (Union des Villes et Communes de Wallonie, UVCW) is a non-profit association devoted to local authorities in Wallonia: this includes cities and municipalities, Public Centres for Social Welfare, police zones, inter-municipal associations, public housing corporations and emergency zones. Since 1913, it has been representing them and helping them, in thousands of different ways, so they can carry out their missions towards their citizens. It has also been promoting their actions and their autonomy and, through this, the local democracy.

1. Defence, representation, promotion

The Union’s staffs provide a ‘tailor-made’ four-fold service to its members:

Training is of peculiar importance to everyone at local level, and most certainly for

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UVCW defends the interests of local actors at regional, communitarian, federal and international level. It shows firm and constructive action with ministers, their cabinets and administrations, and with parliamentarians on all political issues that have an impact on the local level.

2. Consulting support Our advisors are experts in every field related to public service at local level, answering every day to the questions and requests they receive from members from all over Wallonia, which includes German-speaking municipalities. They write news, articles and books and make sure that the information published online and on paper is constantly updated.

3. Training

elected representatives and managing officials, who must manage their municipality at best, taking into account its numerous, complex and constantly changing area of expertise.

4. Information Through its website, its specialised publications, its brochures and books, its periodicals or press contacts, UVCW provides its members with constant and up-to-date information on all aspects of municipal management.