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Innovations in the Field of Inter - municipal Cooperation



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference XXIV. mezinárodní kolokvium o regionálních vědách. Sborník příspěvků
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Keywords inter-municipal cooperation; innovations; local self – government
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Description The role of local self-government is to increase the quality of life of inhabitants while respecting the principles of sustainable development and at the same time to ensure the adequacy, availability and quality of public services provided in its territory. The current structure of local self-government in the conditions of Slovakia clearly points to the differences between municipalities, which is illustrated by their different number in individual size categories, although they have the same competencies. Cities and municipalities in the conditions of Slovakia to provide original and transferred competencies mostly independently, but especially in the field of performance of the transferred state administration they enter into mutual cooperation. We evaluated the types of inter-municipal cooperation within two basic groups of inter-municipal cooperation - the traditional forms of cooperation and innovative forms of cooperation. The analysis showed that in the conditions of Slovakia, the most traditional way of inter-municipal cooperation is represented by joint municipal offices. We have also identified innovative approaches in the field of inter-municipal cooperation - such as agreement on shared services, co-ownership´s agency or the SMART cities concept. Such a new inter-municipal cooperation can thus be an important and beneficial change, which can help solve problems arising from the suboptimal size of individual municipalities.

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