The City of Niš joined this year’s European Week of Local Democracy (EWLD) whose leading theme is “Local democracy: building trust; Co-designing local democracy together with citizens and practicing open government”. The European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) is an initiative coordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. This pan-European event is targeted specifically at local and regional authorities (local communities, cities, municipalities, provinces, regions). The general aim is to promote and foster democratic participation at a local level throughout public initiatives which involve citizens.
During this year’s EWLD the City of Niš will launch the campaign to involve citizens in the process of drafting the City of Niš Development Plan for the period 2021-2027. The campaign will begin with the presentation of the Consul Platform for Citizen Involvement to the general public and the launch of a promotional campaign on social networks and in the media. The Consul Platform, used by 135 institutions in 35 countries, will enable online debates, proposals and voting on all issues of interest to citizens and the community.
In order for two key groups, young people and experts, to be interested in the process of drafting the City of Niš Development Plan, on October 16, a placemaking workshop on the topic – Niš on the River Banks will be held for experts, local -government representatives, students of architecture, representative NGOs and public institutions, the representatives of business owners and citizens living in the area. The workshop aims to initiate participatory planning of the development of the Nišava River banks on the stretch from the part of the city called Jagodin Mala to the bridge near the Fortress. During the workshop the overall plan of activities in the process of citizen involvement will be presented, as well as the Consul Platform and campaigns on social networks.
Preparation of the development plan is one of the activities within the project called “Future Cities of Southeast Europe”. The project is implemented by the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Circular Economy, with the support of EIT Climate-KIC and the City of Niš through the Office for Local Economic Development and Projects. The aim of the project is to accelerate and facilitate systemic changes through innovation in order to achieve a better quality of life for citizens and deep decarbonisation in areas of human activities that have a critical effect on greenhouse gas emissions.