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Recov third local path in Skopje: What do citizens want?

14.09.2019     www.alda-europe.eu

In favor of creating an enabling environment for the civil sector and an interactive corner for citizens to meet CSOs, Civica Mobilitas and the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) organized the second Civil society organization day in Skopje, on14th of September 2019 in the Ibni Pajko park and on the Skanderbeg Square.

Around 1000 citizens had the opportunity to visit the booths of more than 80 Civil Society organizations from the country presenting their activities in various fields as youth, local democracy, education and training, rule of law etc. The visitors also participated in different workshops, games, advocacy activities and lectures.

On the booth of the Municipality of Centar and ALDA, the visitors came in contact with the project RECOV: Rethinking Collaborative Values for public services. The RECOV team approached the citizens and engaged them on the topic of “Innovative and sustainable financial instruments for local governments” by asking them if they know what instruments their municipalities use and what solutions they would propose to their mayors. The visitors were asked to anonymously respond to a series of questions and leave their contribution in the RECOV advocacy box.

There were various responses from the citizens, but the majority of them had a common demand: a greater involvement of citizens in decision-making processes especially when creating budgets for the municipality and the financial instruments used.
Having in mind that the enormous contribution of CSO’s to society and the community, the "CSO Day" was a great opportunity for the citizens to inform themselves, as well as to learn about local and European initiatives like the project RECOV and become more involved in the CSO’s activities.

This activity was part of the project RECOV: REthinking COllaborative Values for Public Services, supported by the European programme Europe for Citizens.