Analysis of the current practices of using the mechanisms for consultations with the citizens in public policy making on local level and its effectiveness
Involving the citizens in the decision making processes on local level is closely connected with the decentralization. Successful decentralization demands high level of participation of the local community in these processes. Local authorities oriented towards effective communication with the citizens are in a position to better serve the needs of the citizens and focus on “real” priorities thus effectively utilizing municipal budgets. This is why the communication between the local authorities and the citizens must be practiced trough institutional mechanisms which can be changed and improved. For the citizens it is an opportunity to get involved and influence issues which directly impact their everyday life, and for the authorities, opportunity for building support for their ideas and gaining new innovative ways of problem solving.