Youth Council Established in Youngest Municipality in BiH

On July 12, 2013, a Youth Council was established in Posušje, the youngest municipality in BiH with regards to the average age of the population. The Posušje Youth Council consists of the following youth associations: Youth Association Dnevni boravak, Association for the promotion of culture APOLLO, Association for the development and promotion of civil society PRIMUS and Torcida Posušje. Mate Lon?ar was elected president of the Youth Council. Tomislav Bošnjak is the President of the Assembly, Branko Crnogorac is his Deputy, and Mate Kova? is the President of the Supervisory Board.

The aims of the Youth Council are advocating and advancing the interests and welfare of youth, developing a partnership-based local Youth Policy, promoting dialogue, sustainability, transparency, innovation and solidarity. The Youth Council has an obligation to work on increasing the participation of youth in the social life of their communities, and informing them. The Youth Council will be involved in policies which indirectly affect the youth and general progress and welfare, and other issues indirectly related to youth. It will cooperate with the Široki Brijeg Youth Council in establishing councils in Ljubuški and Grude, and establishing the Zapadno-hercegova?ki Canton Youth Council.

The founding assembly was attended by Helena Lon?ar, the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Zeni?ko-Dobojski Canton, Branko Bago, the Municipal Mayor of Posušje, Ivan Lon?ar, President of the Municipal Assembly of Posušje, Vedran Maji?, Youth Officer of the Posušje Municipality and Youth Council representatives from Široki Brijeg, Livno, Tomislavgrad and Mostar. Minister Lon?ar praised the establishing of the Youth Council and told youth to persevere in their activities, and not lose sight of the fact that their efforts will not always be acknowledged immediately, but certainly will when the time comes.

The President of the Youth Council in Posušje held a speech in which he pointed out that „A Youth Council should be that one cog in the machine that will start the change towards a better future, since we are well aware of the general instability in our country. Therefore, if we keep up the pace, we can contribute to both the present and the future.“


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