Public participation is the involvement of citizens, society and non-governmental organizations in the policy-making process. The purpose of public participation is to ensure that the decisions made by the public administration are in accordance with the needs of the public, explained in a timely manner and understandable to those who will be affected by them. Public participation has several benefits, which are generally aimed at improving the quality of the regulation - in this process, the real problem is identified, possible alternatives are evaluated, possible "side effects" of the regulation are discovered in time, and it is also achieved that the developed solutions are effective.
Representatives of society can express their opinion on development planning documents, draft legal acts at the initial stage of their development, as well as at the other stages when issues relevant to society are being addressed. Any representative of society who is affected or interested in the issue to be resolved can give his opinion. Every public representative has the right to receive feedback on his proposal.
Public administrations implement public participation proactively, looking for the most effective ways to involve and inform the public, especially the part of society that is affected or could be affected by the planned activity.
The procedures for public participation shall be governed by:
If you have any additional questions, please contact the person responsible for the public participation in SMC: