Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe

The Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) was created in 2001 to enhance the process of democratization and decentralization in south-east Europe. It is currently made up of national associations of local authorities in the region.


In each of the countries of south-east Europe, national associations of local authorities have been established with assistance from donors and support of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe . Each of These organisms Brings together a great number of Municipalities (all Voluntarily) and plays a key role in Fostering local democracy in Each country.

In May 2001, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe ( NALAS) to help strengthen local democracy.

In December 2002, the Congress hosted the network’s first conference in Strasbourg, and, after 18 months‘ work, the NALAS Statutes were signed in the Council of Europe’s Assembly Chamber during the Plenary Session of the Congress on 27 May 2004.

The first General Assembly of the Association was held in Skopje on 6 September 2005. NALAS is no longer an informal network but rather an association with an official status and an infrastructure that should enable it to become more independent. It can now establish links with international organizations and other organizations in the same field and set up specific projects and programs.


NALAS is currently a network of associations covering more than 4,000 local authorities who have been directly elected by over 60 million citizens in south-east Europe. It is made up of full members (associations of local authorities from south-east Europe) and associate members (associations of local authorities from countries outside south-east Europe, international associations of local authorities foundations, international and European organizations, non-governmental organizations and donors), as well as honorary members.

List of members

Country / Region English name Local name Entities
albania Association of Albanian Municipalities Municipalities of Albania
Association of Municipalities and Cities of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Saveza općina and gradova Federacije Bosne i Hercegovine
 bulgaria National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria Националното сдружение на общините в Република България (НСОРБ) Municipalities of Bulgaria
 croatia Association of Municipalities of the Republic of Croatia Udruga općina u Republici Hrvatskoj Municipalities of Croatia
 slovenia Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia Skupnost občin Slovenije Municipalities of Slovenia
Srpska Association of Towns and Municipalities of Republic of Srpska Municipalities of Republika Srpska
Association of Kosovo Municipalities
Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova
Union of Municipalities of Montenegro Municipalities of Montenegro
Association of the Local Self-Government of Republic of Macedonia
 romania Association of Communes of Romania
 romania Romanian Federation of Local Authorities
 serbia Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities
(part of Turkey) Union of Municipalities of Marmara