State governments brought the anti-crisis strategy mainly based on reduction and savings in the public expenditure and cutting the costs. This strategy contain recommendation and requirements to local governments to proceed with savings in their public expenditure as well. There are two problems with this approach: local governments reduce and postpone resources dedicated to social services in communities; and the approach is top-down oriented without any consultation or impact by citizens. In fact, there is no any communication or dialog at local level between local governments and citizens related with effects of the economic crisis and ways for reducing its effects.

Since the issue of economic crisis demand a broad consultation within the society about the ways for overcoming it, this situation has no potential to bring a positive impact on the living conditions of the citizens and request action.

The projects aims to promote citizens participation in reducing the effects of the economic crisis at local level for vulnerable groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. 24 local vulnerable groups consulted on the solutions to reduce the effects of the economic crisis at local level during Citizens Participation Week (21-27.09.2009).
  2. Minimum 8 local action plans for reducing the effects of the economic crisis on the vulnerable groups initiated together with local authorities from Balkans region during European Local Democracy Week (12-18.10.2009).
  3. A publication containing solutions for the reduction of the effects of economic crisis at local level on different vulnerable groups disseminated in 4 countries from Balkans in last 3 months of the project.

Oance Cosmin 2010 (cosmin_oance@yahoo.com)