Иницијатива грађана Бање Луке окупљена под називом ПАРК ЈЕ НАШ послала је писмо градоначелницима из мреже балканских градова које ће од сутра до 23.јуна угостити Бања Лука.
Писмо је на енглеском језику:
Civic Initiative “Park je naš!”
Participation at the 13th Meeting of Balkan Cities Network
We, the citizens of Banja Luka and members of civil society organizations,
arehonoured with your participation at International Meeting of Friendship
andCooperation between major Balkan Cities in Banja Luka.
We would like to draw your attention to one important issue, highly related to
theconcept of sustainable development of urban areas. Banja Luka has been wellknown
for its alleys and green areas, and for a long time Banja Luka has held atitle of
„city of verdure“. However, in the past decade city administrationconverted most of
its green areas into buildings or parking lots.
For more than 20 days, hundreds of citizens of Banja Luka have been
peacefullyprotesting against destruction of the last larger green area in the city
More than 6.000 citizens supported this civic initiative by signing the petition
and12 distinguished civil society organizations fully supported the initiative.
Citizensand CSOs submitted official requests to the mayor of Banja Luka for
alldocuments related to plans for destruction of this green area, as well as
therequest for meeting with the mayor. Unfortunately, the mayor did not
ensuredisclosure of documentation nor did he answer our request for the meeting.
We believe that you support transparent and good governance, but alsounderstand the
importance of participatory planning in development of urbanareas. Therefore, we ask
you to address this issue at the panel „Role of Mayors inTransformation of Cities in
the Balkans“ and ask the mayor of Banja Luka why thecity administration is not
willing to disclose relevant documents that should bepublic or agree to an open
dialogue with CSOs.
We believe you will enjoy your stay in Banja Luka, and we hope you will
promotetransparency and good governance at the 13th Meeting of Balkan Cities
If you are interested to know more about this issue, we are at your disposal
forfurther information and are willing to meet with you at any convenient time
more than 6000 signatories of the petition and
Civil Society Organizations: Agency for Development and Cooperation
CEREBRA, PERPETUUM MOBILE’ Center for youth and community development,
Center for Environment, Center for Civic Initiatives, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly
Banja Luka, Youth Comunication Centre, Transparency International BiH,
Agricultural Information Center, Association “Oštra nula”, Association “Tender”,
Centre for informative decontamination, UNSA Geto.