Bosnia and Herzegovina’s aspiration to enhance citizen participation and governance at all levels is supported by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in the framework of the project “Innovating democratic participation at local level in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, as part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2022-2025.

The project responds to the needs voiced by relevant stakeholders and local authorities across the country, and it aims at boosting democratic innovation through deliberative processes and on enhancing the quality of local governance implemented in partnership with associations of local authorities in the country.  

The project builds upon the results of the previous Congress intervention through the project “Building democratic participation in the City of Mostar”, within which the first Citizens’ Assembly in Bosnia and Herzegovina was organised.

The use of deliberative methods as valuable complements to the representative democracy was promoted in the latest Congress Recommendation (2022): Beyond elections: the use of deliberative methods in European municipalities and regions.

Innovating democratic participation at local level in Bosnia and Herzegovina 


By having an impact on democratic participation and public trust, the project "Innovating democratic participation at local level in Bosnia and Herzegovina” contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Gender equality), 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), 16 (Peace, justice and strong Institutions) and 17 (Partnership for the goals) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Marité MORAS
Head of Unit - Co-operation Activities
Email: [email protected]

Natalija MILOVIC
Project Officer
Email: [email protected]

Building democratic participation in the City of Mostar

Period: February 2020 – December 2021
Partners and beneficiaries: Mostar City Authorities, representatives of local political parties, relevant public authorities at different levels, local civil society, academic community, media and citizens of Mostar.