Article 25 – Forms of citizen participation
(1) The citizens shall directly participate in the decisions on issues of local significance, through civic initiative, civic gatherings, and referendums, in a manner and procedure provided under the Law.
(2) The costs for implementation of the direct citizen participation in decisions shall be met by the municipal budget.
Article 26 – Civic initiative
1) The citizens shall have the right to propose to the Council promulgation of a certain Act or resolving a certain issue within its competence.
(2) Civic initiative cannot be proposed for staff-related and financial issues.
(3) The Council shall be obliged to discuss the proposal from Paragraph (1) of this Article, provided that it is supported by at least 10 % of voters in the Municipality, that is, in the local self-government to which the particular issue refers.
(4) The Council shall be obliged to hold the discussion from Paragraph (3) of this Article within 90 days after the initiative proposal at latest, and inform the citizens about its decision.
Article 27 – Civic gathering
(1) Civic gathering may be convened for the territory of the entire Municipality or for the territory of the local self-government.
(2) The civic gathering shall be convened by the Mayor of the Municipality on his own initiative, or at the request of the Council, or at the request of at least 10 % of voters in the Municipality, that is, in the local self-government to which the particular issue refers.
(3) The municipal authorities are obliged to examine the conclusions from the civic gathering within 90 days, and take these into account when making decisions and promulgating measures on the issues to which they refer, as well as inform the citizens about their decisions.
Article 28 - Referendum
(1) The citizens through a referendum can make decisions on issues within the competence of the Municipality, as well as on other issues of local significance.
(2) The Council shall be obliged to hold a referendum at the request of at least 20 % of voters in the Municipality.
(3) The Council may hold a referendum on the issues within its competence, on its own initiative.
(4) The decision made at the referendum shall be obligatory for the Council.
Article 29 – Petitions and proposals
(1) Every citizen has the right, individually or collectively, to submit petitions and proposals on the operation of the municipal authorities and the municipal administration.
(2) The Mayor is obliged: - to provide conditions for submission of petitions and proposals; - to send to the proposer an elaborate reply at latest within 60 days as of the date of reception of the petition or proposal, and – to forward the petitions and proposals which refer to issues that are not within the competence of the municipal authorities to the relevant competent authorities, and to inform the proposer about that.
Article 30 – Public discussions, polls, and proposals
Over the process of preparation of the municipal regulations, the Council, that is, the Mayor may organize public discussions, carry out polls or collect suggestions from the citizens.