The final conference of the Civil Society in Action for Dialogue and Partnerships project, titled “Agreement as a basis of cooperation between civil society and the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, gathered around 80 participants, NGO and LA representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, neighbouring countries and EU Member States.
The conference was an opportunity to present the implemented activities, and make recommendations and plans for further cooperation. In the opening session of the first day speeches were given by Dženana Dedic, Delegate of LDA Mostar, Ljubo Beslic, Mayor of the City of Mostar, Marco Boaria, head of Project Development, ALDA.
All the partners involved in the action officially signed the Regional Memorandum of Co-operation as the grounds for their readiness for follow-up activities to promote democratic governance at local level, principles of accountability and responsive performances of public authorities in BiH, Croatia and Serbia.
Two thematic workshops were also organised, gathering both NGOs and public authorities: Co-operation Agreement – from legal framework to effective implementation, dedicated to local implementation of BH Memorandum of Co-operation, Effective Performances and Service Provision of Local Self –governments in Co-operation with CSO’s: Comparative Analysis and Practice in the EU and Western Balkan Countries, on best practice exchange.
The programme also included the organisation of the first ever NGO Fair held in Mostar on 10 May with some 30 local NGOs with stands displaying promotional publications, documentaries and materials, providing a great networking opportunity.