34 local boards have been set up in the territory of the City of Rijeka as a form of direct participation of citizens in decision–making on local activities having direct and daily influence on the life and work of citizens. The local board shall be set up for a city quarter that in regard to other quarters makes a separate and well delimited entirety (part of residential area). The local board is a legal entity.

The local boards operating in the territory of the city of Rijeka are as follows: Banderovo, Belveder, Brajda-Dolac, Brašćine-Pulac, Bulevard, Centar-Sušak, Draga, Drenova, Gornja Vežica, Gornji Zamet, Grad Trsat, Grbci, Kantrida, Kozala, Krimeja, Luka, Mlaka, Orehovica, Pašac, Pećine, Pehlin, Podmurvice, Podvežica, Potok, Srdoči, Sveti Kuzam, Sveti Nikola, Svilno, Školjić, Škurinje, Škurinjska Draga,Turnić, Vojak and Zamet.

Local board council elections

The members of local board councils shall be elected for a four-year term of office. Local board council elections take place every four years. The number of the members of local board councils in the territory of the city of Rijeka is determined in accordance with the number of inhabitants living in the territory of the local board in the manner that the council:

  • of the local board with up to 7,500 inhabitants shall have five members,
  • of the local board having between 7,501 and up to 11,000 inhabitants shall have seven members,

 

Decision-making by local board councils

Independently, in accordance with Law, the Statute and decisions taken by the City Council, local board councils shall:

  • adopt their activity programmes and activity reports
  • adopt their financial plans and annual calculation relating to the implementation of the financial plans
  • adopt the plan of small municipal interventions and establish priorities in their realisation
  • adopt the regulations and rules of procedure of the local board, the regulation for rewarding natural persons and legal entities for their assistance and contribution to programme realisation and local board development
  • elect and discharge the president of the local board council from his duty
  • decide on the use of funds provided in the budget of the City of Rijeka for single scopes, in accordance with the general acts of the City Council
  • convoke local citizen assemblies
  • cooperate with other local boards in the territory of the city of Rijeka
  • set up their working bodies (sub-boards) and elect and release their members
  • cooperate with the departments of city administration and its utility services and companies
  • cooperate with associations, institutions, the public and economy sectors, and natural persons when implementing activities in their territories relating to issues in the interest of citizens living in the local board territory
  • propose development programmes for their territories in accordance with the plans of the City of Rijeka
  • monitor the conditions of utility infrastructure and accordingly establish the citizens’ needs with the aim of improving residence quality, territory planning, and carrying out utility and other local infrastructure service activities
  • establish the citizens’ needs in the field of culture, sports, technical culture, environmental protection as well as within the scope of care for children and elderly people and public health

 

Local board councils provide their opinion on

  • proposals relating to compilation and adoption of urban planning documents of the City of Rijeka
  • issues tied to residence quality improvement, environmental protection, a more efficient operation of utility services, traffic regulation, citizens’ safety…
  • drafts and bills relating to general acts adopted by the City Council, that directly influence the operation of local boards and local self-government on the whole
  • proposals relating to separation from the local board, integration of local boards, and changing the name of the local board
  • proposals relating to street names
  • extended hours requests presented by restaurants and bars operating in their respective territories
  • requests to use facilities owned by local self-government

The role of local boards in participatory budgeting

Local boards play an important role in the implementation of the Small Utility Interventions programme which represents a form of participatory budgeting, namely citizens’ participation in budgeting and budget adoption.

Moreover, the local boards are included in the local partnership programme of Rijeka