GENERAL ABOUT SOS
Association of Municipalities and towns of Slovenia (SOS) is the biggest representative association of municipalities, established in 1992. Association has 175 member municipalities (out off 212 municipalities). Because of different needs in association with community’s size the association is organised in three sections – section of city municipalities, section with Administrative Unit headquarters and section of other communities. President of each section is also a vice-president of community member communities represent and accomplish their tasks in 19 commissions, and 4 working groups (over 400 representatives of member communities are operating in this groups), in which they coordinate legal acts and regulation act within working areas that are important for the communities.
MANAGEMENENT OF SOS
The highest executive body of Association is the Executive Bureau, composed of 30 mayors, 10 from each section.
President: Branko Ledinek, mayor of Municipality of Rače Fram
Vice- president: dr. Ivan Žagar, mayor of Municipality of Slovenska Bistrica
Vice- president: Bojan Kontič, mayor of Municipality of Velenje
SERVICES FOR THE COMMUNITY
Tasks of Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia are, in particular, implementation and representation of local community’s common interests in proportion to coordination with legal and regulation acts, which, with their solutions, impact on municipalities’ situation. Among this, there are many other tasks, inter alia:
- They draw up and carry out different types of education for Member Communities
- It offers help and scientific advice to the Member Communities in those fields where it is necessary
- It gives effect and it represents common interests of the community towards the state authorities and international organizations
- It creates common development projects
- It represents community’s interests in the negotiations for financial credits intended for the community’s from state budget
- It represents community’s interests in the procedures of making collective contract for public sector
- It prepares professional materials for the community’s needs
- It takes care of Member Community’s regular informing, about issues, that are important for the community’s functioning.
The Association works actively in the EU’s COR. In the delegation of Slovenian local communities in the COR (where 7 places belong to Slovenia) next members are representing Slovenia:
|Leader of Delegation in COR||dr. Ivan Žagar, Slovenska Bistrica|
|Member||Peter Bossman, Piran|
|Member||Jasna Gabrič, Trbovlje|
|Member||dr. Aleksander Jevšek|
|Substitute member||Miran Senčar, Ptuj|
|Substitute member||Gregor Macedoni, Novo Mesto|
|Substitute member||Branko Ledinek, Rače Fram|
|Substitute member||Mojca Čemas Stjepanovič, Črnomelj|
|Substitute member||Tanja Vindiš Furman, občina Maribor|
The National coordinator for the delegation’s work from the Association is Miha Mohor.
Members of the Association are represented also in the Congress of local and regional authorities by the EU Council (KLRO SE) by Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), by Network Association of Local Authorities of SE Europe – NALAS and by Euro Mediterranean Partnership of Local and Regional Authorities – COPPEM.
SECRETARIAT OF SOS
The SOS Secretary does professional, administrative-technical and other tasks for the member municipalities. The SOS Secretariat is:
Secretary General: Jasmina Vidmar
Counsellor for general and legal matters: Urša Rupar & Alja Babič
Counsellor for the areas of environment, tourism, e-services, project management: Saša Kek
International relationships area, project management: Miha Mohor
Public relation: Barbara Horvat
Administrative-technical and financial advice: Metka Lašič
SKUPNOST OBČIN SLOVENIJE (Association of Municipalities and towns of Slovenia)
Tel: +386 2 234 15 00
Fax: +386 2 234 15 03