Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe – NALAS is registered as a French NGO in Strasbourg. The Network brings together 14 Associations representing roughly 9000 local authorities, directly elected by more than 80 million citizens of this region. The NALAS Secretariat, based in Skopje, is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the activities.
NALAS was created in 2001 following the first Forum of Cities and Regions of South-East Europe (Skopje, November 2000), organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The Network was established under the auspices of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe (Working Table 1) and the Council of Europe. During the first years, NALAS functioned as an informal organisation with regular meetings, seminars and training programmes. In July 2005, NALAS became an officially registered association with its seat in Strasbourg. The NALAS Secretariat was established in March 2007.
The Population Protection Institute (PPI) is subordinated to the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. PPI is governed by the General Directorate of the Firefighting and Rescue Services (GD FRS) of the Czech Republic. The Population Protection Institute provides education, scientific research, informative and advisory services in areas of civil emergency planning, emergency management, Integrated rescue system (IRS) and civil protection for members and organisations of the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), Ministries, Administration and Municipal authorities as well as the public.