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National Association of the Municipalities in Republic of Bulgaria

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National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria

About Us

The National Association of Municipalities is the ’voice’ of local governments. We assist and support municipalities in their efforts for the benefit of local citizens. United in their National Association, Bulgarian municipalities can jointly stand up for their common interests.

Еquality of the members is the main principle to which we adhere in our work. All mayors, municipal councilors, and experts in the various fields of municipal activity have the opportunity to contribute to the implementation of the initiatives of the various commissions, contact groups and working groups of NAMRB. 

National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB) was established on December 11, 1996. Since 2015 all Bulgarian municipalities are NAMRB's members.

The Association is a legal non-profit entity created under article 9 of the Law on Local Government and Local Administration and under the Law for Non-Profit entities. It operates on a voluntary principle and on principles of equality of its members.

Our goal is the strong, effective and totally in favor of citizens local government.

Our mission is to be:

  • "The Voice" of municipalities in Bulgaria, as we are constantly affirming as their reliable partner, center for services for the municipal administration and promoter of international contacts;
  • Representative and defender of the interests of local authorities under the legal powers of NAMRB;
  • Corrective of the central government, as we develop and defend proposals for better regulation of local government.

NAMRB’s activity is focused on three main areas: 

  • Representation of municipalities in front of the central government: research, analysis, evaluation and development of proposals for change and improvement of policy on local government; lobbying;
  • Support to municipalities in executing their powers: studying of municipal opinions and developing consensus positions and strategies; providing a wide range of consulting services and training programs; issuing thematic and advisory guides; providing its own training hubs for municipalities;
  • Participation in Bulgarian and international forums; and organizational strengthening of NAMRB.