The Center for development of the Polog planning region

Polog planning region is situated in the northwest part of Macedonia, with an area of 2,416 km2. It covers the Polog valley, Mavrovo plateau, Bistra mountain range and the valley of the river Radika.On a state level, the Polog region is one of the eight regions, which is composed of the following nine municipalities: Tetovo, Gostivar, Mavrovo and Rostushe, Zhelino, Tearce, Bogovinje, Vrapchishte, Jegunovce and Brvenica. On this territory, there are 184 settlements in which 304,125 citizens live. From 304,125 citizens 18.4% are Macedonians, 73.2% Albanians, 5.7% Turks, 1.6% Romas, 0.01% Vlachs, 0.32% Serbs, Bosnians 0.08% and 0.66% are other nationalities.The region has great natural and artificial wealth. Polog planning region is rich in mineral resources that are found throughout its territory. Of great economic importance are the ore deposits of gray marble in Gostivar and dolomites in Jegunovce and Chajle. Other ores and minerals present in the region are: manganese, molybdenum, copper, arsenic, lead, chrome and marble.

The Polog planning region is a tourist pearl which abounds in natural beauty, historical and cultural monuments. Tourism as an industry is not sufficiently developed in the Polog planning region, but there is a lot of unused potential that represent an opportunity for investments and with its exploitation to make the region one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country and in Europe. The already existing ski centers „Mavrovo“ and „Popova Shapka“ offer the possibility to upgrade the development of ski tourism and an opportunity for promotion and visit of other natural beauties that this region possesses.

Provides information to the interested parties during the implementation of the Program for development of the Polog planning region,
Provides professional and technical support for all units of local self-government in the Polog planning region during the implementation of the Program for development of the Polog planning region,
Encourages inter-municipal cooperation within the framework of the planning development,
Provides professional assistance to interested organizations for preparation of projects in the field of the regional development,
Promotes the opportunities for development of the region and  Performs professional, technical and administrative work for the needs of the Council for development of the Polog planning region.