5th Social Forum Discusses Social Partners and Civil Society’s Engagement in Green Mobility Transition

SARAJEVO – The 5th Social Forum, under the title “Engaging Social Partners and Civil Society for a Green Mobility Transition” took place in Sarajevo this Thursday. The event brought together key stakeholders, including leaders, social partners and civil society organisations to discuss and promote a socially inclusive green mobility transition.

Opening the Forum, Transport Community Permanent Secretariat Deputy Director, Ms Ljuba Siljanoska, underlined that civil society engagement in green mobility transition is not only beneficial, but it is indispensable.

“As we face the urgent need to transition to sustainable transport systems, the active participation of civil society could be the catalyst for this transformative change,” Ms Siljanoska pointed out.

The engaging sessions focused on the social impacts of the green mobility transition. Discussions emphasised the importance of ensuring that the transition is inclusive, benefiting workers in the transport sector, local communities, and vulnerable populations.

Panellists also explored the complexities of evolving roles and livelihoods within the sector due to greener practices and technologies.

In a policy dialogue session, the participants focused on fostering dialogue between Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and policymakers regarding the Green Mobility Transition, with a special emphasis on Economic and Investment Plan (EIP) transport projects.

During the session, CSOs presented their findings and perspectives on the implementation of selected EIP projects and their impact on green transition efforts. Policymakers from the EU and the Western Balkans provided their insights and engaged in discussions regarding the flagship transport projects currently monitored by the CSOs.

The Forum was participated by the organisations and institutions such as the Open Society Foundations, UNDP North Macedonia, European Transport Workers’ Federation, GIZ, Chamber of Economy of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cooperation and Development Institute, European Commission, ESTIMA, Centre for Civil Society Promotion, and the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat.