“Listening to the people: How the Green Agenda Action Plan can do better for the Western Balkans”, Melika Mahmutović (CIR, Slovenia)

Assist. Melika Mahmutović from the Centre of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) prepared a policy brief on the role of the civil society in the creation of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, entitled ‘Listening to the people: How the Green Agenda Action Plan can do better for the Western Balkans’. In the publication, she emphasizes that the environmental civil society organizations from the Western Balkans play a crucial role in safeguarding local communities from harmful practices and weak environmental protection measures. With much to address, the Green Agenda Action Plan should consider a more serious dedication to the bottom-up approach, with regular consulting from environmental civil society organizations and the public, particularly those most vulnerable to the effects of environmental degradation. The policy brief was published in the framework of the WB2EU project (“Western Balkans in search of a new European and democratic momentum”), co-financed by the EU Citizenship and Erasmus + programs.

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