The proceedings Towards greater openness of the legislative process in the Western Balkans countries was presented on 5th March at the Faculty of Law, University in Mostar. The speakers were Tamara Zrnović and Mirjana Trifković from the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in the Republic of Srpska. The audience consisted of 23 students from the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Philosophy – Department of Journalism. The presentation included examples of good practice, the comparative experiences of the countries members of the Visegrad Group and recommendations related to the increasing openness of the legislative process in the Western Balkans.
Discussion and questions raised during the presentations were focused mainly on the actual problems concerning the decision making in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton.The Government of the Canton does not work for three years and the head of the canton has only the formal function. This is due to division of the city of Mostar in two parts, East (Bosnian) and West (Croatian), and disproportionate number of residents in these areas which affects the number of their delegates in the Government. Students have expressed that it affects their life and functioning in Canton and ultimately the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Because of these problems, they were interested in comparative experiences of the countries of the Visegrad Group and modes, possibilities and recommendations for overcoming these issues.
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in the Republic of Srpska is partner in the project Increasing legislative transparency in the Western Balkans that is implemented with the Center of Development of Civil Society from Zrenjanin (Serbia), that is leading partner, and with the organisations from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia.