WELCOME TO THE SITE OF THE UNION OF CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEASTERN EUROPEAN CAPITALS
1995, the City of Athens undertook the initiative
to establish the Permanent Conference of Mayors
of Capitals of Southeastern Europe, a regional
instrument seated in Athens, consisting of all
the capitals of Southeastern Europe, from Vienna
to Nicosia. Its aim was to bring forward cities
own pacifistic role during the war in Yugoslavia.
In September 2002, after a relevant decision
made in Ljubljana, it was transformed into the
Union of Capitals of Central and Southeastern
Europe, thus expanding and including the Capitals
of the Eastern Europe.
The Union of Central and Southeastern European
Capitals is an international organization of which
Athens, Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest,
Kiev, Ljubljana, Nicosia, Podgorica, Sarajevo,
Skopje, Sofia, Tirana, Vienna, Zagreb are members.
The aim of the Union is to maintain permanent
ties between the municipalities of the member
cities and to encourage exchanges between their
citizens in every field, in order to develop a
keen sense of European fraternity based on mutual
In compliance with its objectives, the Union
carries out studies, organizes meetings and actions
and takes all initiatives conducive to the promotion
of economic, social and cultural progress of the
citizens in the member cities of the Union.
It gives priority both to exchanges of experience,
information and documentation in all fields of
municipal activity and to contacts between the
municipal authorities, local government officers
and technicians as well as the groups, societies,
associations or institutions that on various counts
are responsible to those authorities.
The Union consists of a rotating chairmanship
appointed for a period of one year, of a General
Assembly which gets together once a year, of a
Standing Committee which meets at least twice
a year, of the Permanent Secretariat which is
situated in Athens and of the Executive Secretary
who is appointed by the Mayor of Athens and is
the Head of the Permanent Secretariat.
Its site provides general information about the
Union and each member city, as well as useful
data on EU Programmes and activities implemented
by each member city. It is linked to tourist websites
of the member cities of the Union and provides
information for EU Programmes that can be used
for funds or knowledge.
The Union’s official working language is
Ms. Anna Filini
of the Union of Central and Southeastern European