As a part of the first Youth Taking Over Day in 2018, representatives of the coalition Elect Mostar constituted of the young people of Mostar and several NGO's (Local Democracy Agency Mostar, Youth Cultural Centre Abrašević and Youth Council of the City of Mostar), met the delegation of the ''Reflection Group on Mostar'' of the Congress of the Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, on Jun 26. The agenda of the meeting was the situation in the City of Mostar, the City where the local elections didn't take place for a decade and where the City Council formally doesn't exist since 2012.
The creation of the ''Reflection Group on Mostar'' was the direct reaction of the Council of Europe to the coalition's Elect Mostar action which was organized at the day of local elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2016. Since that year local election weren't held only in the City of Mostar, coalition decided to organize non-formal vote of the citizens which caused major local and regional media coverage and draw the attention of the international community.
Representatives of the Coalition and the Reflection Group discussed the possible concrete actions and projects that can be implemented towards the resolution of the situation in Mostar with the special accent on the role of young people and the need to strengthen education for democracy and active citizenship. The coalition Elect Mostar fully welcomed the involvement of international institutions whose support was indispensable to achieve further progress and the communication between the parties will be continued and further developed.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is closely following the situation of local and regional democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Over the coming months, it will carry out a mission to observe the regional elections to be held on 7 October 2018 and a monitoring mission to assess the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government (November 2018).