Date: May 2013. - December 2013.
Conduct a baseline study to establish the current degree of competitiveness of the EU PROGRES municipalities to attract development project funding with the objectives to:
Identify municipality shortcomings and growth potential.
Map out the tools and mechanisms for managing development processes within municipalities’ everyday work.
Define a methodology and set up baseline indicators for measuring competitiveness of and the capacity of local governments (the Municipal Capacity and Competitiveness Index - MCCI).
Identify priorities for further reform of the way public resources are being managed and map out opportunities for inter-municipal cooperation, access to external funding and public-private partnerships.