Who we are
VALENCIAN FEDERATION OF MUNICIPALITIES AND PROVINCES (FVMP)
The Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FVMP) is a non-profit association with its own legal and public personality, made up of Municipalities, Provinces and other Local Entities that voluntarily decide for the defence and promotion of local autonomy and local interests. Their territorial scope is the Valencia Region “Comunitat Valenciana”, having as members 581 Local Entities from the 3 provinces of the Region: Valencia, Alicante and Castellón.
The objectives and activities of FVMP are the following:
- Promotion and defence of Local Entities autonomy.
- Representation, defence and promotion of Local Entities interests in front of politic, legal and administrative authorities.
- Development and consolidation of European spirit in local scope, based on autonomy and solidarity among Local Entities.
- Promotion and accomplishment of studies for the best knowledge of the problems and circumstances in local life.
- Cooperation and technical assistance to the development of local interests.
- Promotion and execution of training programmes on local subjects directed to politicians and civil employees.
- Promotion, execution and giving of public and/or private enterprise initiatives and activities that contribute to economic local development and to employment creation, as well as the conservation and protection of environment, and in general, the improvement of the resident life quality of Valencia Region Local Entities.
- Dissemination of knowledge about the local and provincial institutions among the residents of Comunitat Valenciana, promoting their participation in them.
- Development and consolidation of democratic spirit in local scope, based on the autonomy and solidarity among the municipalities of Comunitat Valenciana.
From FVMP we work daily with the municipalities knowing closely the problems and circumstances of Local Entities. In this sense, we have great experience providing them technical support on local matters such as legal and economic issues, employment promotion, commerce, education and training, tourism and culture, health and consumption, and European projects.
Regarding European projects, for more than 20 years, we have worked to bring European Union closer to the Valencian cities and towns. Recently, FVMP has created the Service “Pont a Europa“ (Bridge to Europe), the first public guidance service on European projects aimed at Valencian local administrations.
Moreover, the Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces actively participates in different European projects related to relevant issues for municipalities such as renewable energy sources promotion, energy efficiency, rural and urban development, and sustainable tourism.
Now, FVMP is the Lead Partner of LOCAL4GREEN PLUS Project, within Interreg MED Programme, whose main goal is the mainstreaming of the green local fiscal policies to promote renewable energy sources that we tested in the previous LOCAL4GREEN Project, also led by us. At the same time and also within Interreg MED, we participate as partner in COASTING PLUS Project, that promotes a sustainable and responsible coastal tourism in the Mediterranean.
From the Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, we can disseminate the results achieved by the projects to local authorities, thus reaching the objectives of knowledge transfer and capitalization included in many European Programmes. One of our goals is to get the most involvement of local administrations in the pilot activities of our projects, making they have a real and positive impact on people’s daily lives.
Web FVMP: www.fvmp.es
Web Bridge to Europe "Pont a Europa": pontaeuropa.fvmp.es
MUSOL FOUNDATION (MUSOL)
MUSOL was created by a group of local and regional authorities’ chief executives and experts in 1998, most of them town clerks. The organization aims to promote sustainable development and human rights, encouraging rights holders - without leaving anyone behind-, and reinforcing the capacities of duty bearers -holders of responsibilities and obligations-, particularly of subnational public authorities and civil society, in Africa, Latin America, Spain and the rest of Europe. All this, within the framework of the current local governance processes in the territories, in which we will act by promoting democracy and equal participation, the empowerment of the most vulnerable people, gender equality and the overcoming of any form of discrimination.
In short, the mission of MUSOL is strengthening the capacities of the local and regional authorities to provide services and deploy policies promoting the sustainable development, in Europe, Latin America and Africa.
MUSOL has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Spanish professional association of towns clerks (COSITAL) and with the European federation of local authorities’ chief executives (UDITE). Actually, MUSOL counts with networks of more than 350 local governments chief executives that collaborate with the foundation.
The headquarters of MUSOL are in València (Spain) and we have delegations in other Spanish regions (Balearic Islands, Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha, Galicia, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Extremadura, Madrid region) as well as in Senegal, Bolivia and Guatemala. MUSOL has approximately 20-25 employees.
In the project LOCAL4GREEN (1st phase), MUSOL elaborated the methodology to design the fiscal policies to promote the renewable energy sources at local level. Furthermore, MUSOL supported all the partners to design the green local fiscal policies that later were tested. Therefore, MUSOL has a sound experience in local green taxation in Spain and in most of the other countries and regions part of the Interreg MED cooperation area.
Web MUSOL: www.musol.org
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES OF ITALY (BBI)
The Association I Borghi più belli d'Italia (The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy) has been strongly committed for more than 15 years to the promotion of small Italian centres of excellence, often excluded from large tourist flows. At national and international level, the Association pursues the objective of enhancing and promoting tourism and culture of small Italian villages, with the aim to save them from degradation and depopulation.
Through promotion and conservation actions and thanks to the commitment of local administrators, the Association aims at: enhancing the great heritage of history, art, culture and traditions present in Italian villages; combining respect for the cultural heritage and the environment with the need for economic and social development; creating new opportunities for tourism and cultural and social development. The Association today counts 315 member municipalities from North to South Italy.
The Association is also member of the International Federation “Les Plus Beaux Villages de la Terre” (The Most Beautiful Villages of the World) gathering the Associations of “The Most Beautiful Villages” of various countries in the World.
Web BBI: www.borghipiubelliditalia.it
UNION OF CYPRUS COMMUNITIES (UCC)
The Union of Cyprus Communities was established in 1990. The Union of Cyprus Communities has as Members the 9-member Council of the above District Unions of Communities, the District Community Union of Kerynia and the 2-member Committee of the District Union of Famagusta, due to the small number of the Communities the latter represents (5) as a result of the Turkish invasion and the occupation of its remaining 60 Communities.
There are 349 Community Councils in the regions controlled by the Republic, covering approximately the 40% of the population and the 90% of the island’s territory. Its objectives are to contribute to the reinforcement of the Local Self-Governance, to represent its communities to any Authority, the Government and the House of Representatives and to develop programs for the development and welfare of its members. Since its establishment, the Union has developed a multiform activity for the protection and service of the well-intended interests of the Communities and their inhabitants.
The Union has obtained state financial assistance for the Communities and secured the participation of their elected representatives in the decision taking centers. The Union participates in International Organizations of Local Self-Governance and is represented in the Committee of Regions (CdR) of the European Union and in the Congress of the Council of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE).
The Union has long experience in managing national and European projects and organizing conferences and events concerning various aspects of sustainable development such as alternative energy sources, ecofriendly development and tourism, the enhancement of cultural heritage, the enforcement of agro farming economy.
The Union participated as partner in the LEONARDO DA VINCI PROGRAMME (Bios & Environment Transnational Network 2000-2006), the INTERREG IIIB ARCHIMED (MANWATER – Management of Water Resources and Wetland Protection in Tourism Developing Areas, 2006-2008), the INTERREG IIIB ARCHIMED (MEDRISK – Mediterranean Risk Management, 2006-2008), the National Greece and Cyprus program (e-HERITAGE 2006-2008), the EU program on Civil Protection (ARTEMIS 2008-2009), the LIFE + Environment Policy and Governance (CALCHAS 2010-2013), the EU Program Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) - Project title: Cy e-Invoicing for Local Authorities (2018-2019).
Web UCC: www.ekk.org.cy/en/
EGTC EFXINI POLI (EFXINI POLI)
EGTC Efxini Poli – Network of European Cities for Sustainable development is the conversion of EFXINI POLI, a network of Greek local authorities aiming to advance its members’ social, cultural, environmental, touristic and agricultural development. In September 2012 EFXINI POLI changed into a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation with 40 members (EL-BG-CY) and precisely 32 Greek Local Authorities, the Region of Western Macedonia, the decentralised regional unit of Epirus, the Institute of Urban Environment and Human Capital of Panteion University, two Local Authorities from Cyprus, one Bulgarian Local Authority and the Regional Agribusiness Centre of Vidin, Bulgaria. Through its networking activities, services and participation in numerous projects, EGTC Efxini Poli works towards smart, greener, more dynamic and inclusive cities promoting its member area’s social, economic and territorial cohesion.
The main mission of the EGTC EFXINI POLI is the living of all the people of the European Union in an environment of permanent peace and sustainable development, economically efficient, socially just and environmentally sustainable, with cohesion and safety of their regions.
EGTC Efxini Poli works towards smart, greener, more dynamic and inclusive cities.
- Prosperity and improvement of life quality by ensuring better environment, more and better jobs, equal opportunities, respect of diversity and social inclusion.
- Boost participative democracy and active citizenship.
- Extroversion of member authorities facilitating the exchange of good practices and policies.
- Develop the tools and methodologies to communicate policies in the general public and help local authorities to convert them into successful practices towards sustainable development.
- Boost the creation of more and better jobs through making use of the assets of the participating localities (agriculture, cultural heritage environment, tourist destination, etc.).
- Support LRAs to design sustainable local policies.
Web Efxini Poli: www.efxini.gr/en/
ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPALITIES OF ALENTEJO CENTRAL (AMCAL)
The Association of Municipalities of Alentejo Central (AMCAL), association of municipalities with specific purposes, was created in 1991 and its main areas of activity are:
- environment and waste management;
- water supply for human consumption (until July 2010);
- basic sanitation (cleaning of private pits and clearing of sewage collectors);
- tourism, culture and heritage;
- metrology (verification of scales and weights).
It currently comprises the municipalities of Alvito, Cuba, Portel, Viana do Alentejo and Vidigueira, serving a population of 22,895 inhabitants, with 21 parishes and a total area of 1,749 km2. Like much of the Alentejo region, these municipalities are characterized by being predominantly rural and having well-defined population agglomerates where almost the entire population is concentrated. They are sparsely populated municipalities, with a very low average population density (12 inhab/km2) when compared to the average for mainland Portugal (111 inhab/km2).
Regarding the environment and waste management, the AMCAL system includes the following infrastructure and equipment: 1 landfill (Vila Ruiva Intermunicipal Sanitary Landfill); 1 sorting center (Vila Ruiva); 1 recyclable waste park (Vila Ruiva); 5 ecocentres (Alvito, Cuba, Portel, Viana do Alentejo and Vidigueira); 3 transfer stations (Vila Ruiva, Vidigueira and Portel); 18 vehicles for collecting and transporting waste; 129 municipal ecopoints for selective disposal of urban waste. AMCAL also has a stake in the Mechanical and Biological Waste Treatment facilities in Évora and Beja, as well as in the Waste Fuels production facility in Évora.
AMCAL was a pioneer in the aggregation of supra-municipal competences, establishing itself for specific purposes and having as one of its statutory duties the submission of applications for community funds to raise resources that make the infrastructure of its territory viable in the environmental, cultural and heritage domains, as well as the training of the resident population, the different sectors of activity and also the workers of the different municipal services.
Over the years, investments were made through the various operational programs, which allowed the construction of all infrastructure and waste management equipment in Vila Ruiva (landfill, sorting station, recyclable waste park and transfer station) and in the 5 associated municipalities (ecocenters, transfer stations, recycling points, waste collection vehicles), of the treatment system and public water supply from the Alvito water intake (WTP of Alvito, water supply pipelines and reservoirs), the definition and promotion of tourist routes in the 5 municipalities – Fresco Route, Leader Fairs, and communication and awareness projects in biological gardens and composting (Re-Planta), and door-to-door selective waste collection projects cover more than 90% of the territory and the resident population. In 2021, AMCAL also saw an application approved that will allow the construction of an inter-municipal solution for the management and treatment of bio-waste produced in the municipalities of Alvito, Cuba, Portel, Viana do Alentejo and Vidigueira.
Web AMCAL: www.amcal.pt