Kosovan group visits borough

Mayor Fraser Agnew with NBC Chief Executive, Jacqui Dixon and Head of Corporate Services, Andrea McCooke welcoming delegates from Kosovo to Mossley Mill for the NI-CO study visit. INNT 25-522CON
Mayor Fraser Agnew with NBC Chief Executive, Jacqui Dixon and Head of Corporate Services, Andrea McCooke welcoming delegates from Kosovo to Mossley Mill for the NI-CO study visit. INNT 25-522CON
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Mayor Fraser Agnew welcomed a number of delegates from Kosovo to Newtownabbey recently as part of a NI-CO study visit.

NI-CO is a not-for-profit public body that manages international projects, sharing best practice from the Northern Ireland public sector and is involved with the EU Twinning Initiative which aims to create supportive links throughout the UK and Europe.

The recent study visit from Kosovo - part of a project known as European Co-Operation for Stronger Municipalities (ECSM) - was designed to support lasting improvements in the availability, efficiency and cost effectiveness of services provided to citizens by the municipalities in Kosovo.

Speaking during the visit, which included presentations on corporate planning and tours of Mossley Mill and Loughshore Park, the Mayor said: “Kosovo and Northern Ireland are similar in size and both are working through change. Your municipalities and our council work hard to deliver the best services to our residents. Other government agencies and partners are also key to us achieving our best.

“Led by the Chief Executive here at Newtownabbey Borough Council, our Corporate Management Team and all our employees deliver quality, value for money services. We are happy to share our approach and experience with you. I hope you take something lasting and useful away from your day.”