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Active Citizens in Valjevo: Citizens’ Assemblies

Second Citizen’s Assembly will be held in Valjevo on November 28th, also through “Zoom” online platform. Sylvie Estriga on behalf of Delegation of EU in Serbia will open the discussion.

Although it has been highlighted in the reports of the Environmental Protection Agency on air quality and is well-known to the professional public, the problem of air pollution in Valjevo became politically recognized only when the citizens of Valjevo, for whom this problem is of health and existential importance, self-organized. The fact that citizens are still dissatisfied because they are not receiving enough information about what the institutions are doing about this problem is the reason for organizing the Citizens’ Assembly, which is itself prompted by the question of the scope of local self-government and citizens of Valjevo in solving the problem of air pollution.

The goal of the Citizens’ Assembly is to find clearer answers to these questions, but also for decision-makers to take responsibility for the implementation of plans and measures adopted by local authorities.

Coordinated by the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, the project “Active Citizenship: Promoting and Advancing Innovative Democratic Practices in the Western Balkans” is supported by the Erasmus + program, through the Jean Monnet network. The project partners are the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, the University of Graz (CSEES), and the departments of political science at the University of Turin, the University of Sarajevo and the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. The implementation of the project was also supported by the American Embassy in Belgrade.

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