The Lead beneficiary is the Municipality of Veles which is located in the Vardar statistical Region in North Macedonia. Veles is the second-largest city in the CBA located in the central part of N. Macedonia on the riverbanks of Vardar/Axios. The Municipality has more than 100 employees covering all administrative and technical needs. The staff has considerable experience in project management and has successfully implemented and implements projects (co)financed by European, International and National Funding Schemes such as EU IPA, World Bank’s Local and Regional Competitiveness Project, the UNDP, the IRDB, Balanced Regional Development Program for 2019, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and others. Veles Municipality implements/ed projects in Communal Infrastructure, European Integration, Environment, Education, Culture, Youth, Social Care, Sport and Youth.