Tunisia: municipalities assess the decentralization process

The National Federation of Tunisian Municipalities (FNCT) presented on May 26, 2021 its report on “Decentralization seen by the municipalities”. This report is the result of a national consultation of Tunisian municipalities organized with the support of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe project “Promoting local governance in Tunisia” between November 2020 and February 2021.

320 Tunisian municipalities out of a total of 350 participated in this consultation on six priority areas: the status of elected municipal officials, the stability of municipal councils, relations between elected representatives and the municipal administration, relations between municipalities, the administration decentralized and establishments and companies, the financial regime of municipalities and participatory democracy and open governance.

The report will be sent to national authorities as a basis for dialogue on further decentralization.

“This consultation comes three years after the holding of the first democratic municipal elections, in order to provide an exhaustive diagnosis of the reality of the municipalities, and to present recommendations to advance the decentralization process”, declared Adnen Bouassida, president of the FNCT. and the Tunisian delegation to Congress, presenting the report at a press conference.

Tunisia has the status of Partner for Local Democracy of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. This project is part of the South-Med Partnership program adopted by the Congress in 2017, the objective of which is to support ongoing territorial reforms and strengthen decentralized governance in neighboring beneficiary countries. It contributes to the implementation of the local and regional aspects of the Council of Europe’s policy towards neighboring regions, in particular the Neighborhood Partnerships with Morocco and with Tunisia (2018-2021). The activities organized within this framework are financially supported by Liechtenstein, Norway and Spain.