About BACID I+II
The Austrian Association of Cities and Towns (AACT) and KDZ – Centre for Public Administration Research implement the programme „Building Administrative Capacity in the Danube Region and the Western Balkans“ (BACID), supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with funds from the Austrian Development Cooperation.
Project partners in the Region are the Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA) of the Western Balkans and the Network of Associations of Local Authorities in South-East Europe (NALAS).
The BACID programme is a follow-up of the LOGON Network - Local Governments Network of Central and Eastern European Countries, an EU funded project implemented by the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns in partnership with the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and 24 local government associations (LGAs) from 19 countries. It lasted from 1998 to 2005. The purpose of the project was exchange of know-how of local governments in EU Member States on how to build capacity for effectively dealing with EU policies and the challenges and opportunities of EU membership, where local governments and their associations from "old" EU members supported "new" EU members in accession process. Publications developed during the project on the role and obligations of local governments in the EU are available on the webpage Publications. The LGAs of the Western Balkans, that participated in the LOGON Network as partners or associates, are all members of NALAS - Network of Associations of Local Authorities of the South-East Europe. AACT and KDZ are close partners to NALAS from its beginnings, and in 2015, AACT became an associate NALAS member. Through this cooperation, as well as other partnerships with municipalities, LGAs, ministries and international organisations in the Region, AACT and KDZ continue the know-how transfer in the fields related to European Integrations and modernisation of public administrations.
The objective of BACID 2015-2021 was to strengthen the governance structures of the Western Balkan countries and the Republic of Moldova and to support the European Integration process with focus on local and regional governments. The programme was implemented through the following programme components:
1. BACID Fund: more information on the page: BACID Fund - Info.
2. Danube Governance Hub: more information on the page: Danube Governance Hub - Info.
3. LOGON: more information on the page: LOGON - Info.