Actions

Transparency and participation in public administration

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

[edit]

Transparency and participation in public administration was a project financed by the European Union through the PHARE 2005. It was developed by the National Agency for Civil Servants in partnership with the Association Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development - Agenda 21. The main activities were linked to the implementation of the CLEAR (Contract, Listen, Explore, Action, Review) model in Romania as an evaluation instrument for institutional transparency.

Implemented in the course of ten months in 2008, this project proposed to act on the defining factors for democratisation of public administration (public institutions and civil servants on the one hand, and citizens on the other), to provide solutions to identified problems - the resistance of public institutions to real reform, the change of mentality and attitude of civil servants, which were determined only by the emergence of certain laws, corroborated with the low rate of citizen participation in public life. Thus the purpose of the project was to increase the role of society in promoting the principles of good governance and participation of citizens in the decisionmaking process at local level.

In accordance with this purpose, the project was developed in two main directions. There were pilot projects in Romania regarding the experimental implementation in 18 public institutions of the Council of Europe’s model for assessment of institutional transparency and also of the level of citizen participation in public life (CLEAR). The project was then implemented in four Romanian counties and in the capital city, Bucharest, and it involved citizens, civil servants, representatives of NGOs, 18 public institutions from those four counties and Bucharest (city hall, town halls, community halls, county councils and prefect’s institutions) and the mass media (around 160,000 people, direct and indirect beneficiaries). The selection of the counties and administrative structures has been made taking into account the following criteria:

  • Balanced representation of the Romanian traditional provinces;
  • Inclusion of counties with a diverse ethnic structure (Roma population,

Hungarians and ethnic Saxons from Transylvania);

  • Inclusion of counties that had already been involved in similar projects,

in order to ensure continuity;

  • Inclusion of counties with a specific profile: disadvantaged areas, priority

population, located in rural areas;

  • Assurance of a correct demography of all levels;
  • Coverage of a diverse range of services offered to various population

groups according to age, occupation, income level, degree of training, etc.

Young volunteers were trained to implement the CLEAR model. A sustained awareness campaign at national level was carried out throughout the entire period of project implementation.

Award info
Award category: citizen involvement
Award type: submission
Award year: 2009
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity: e-government
Keywords: Transparency, institutional self-evaluation, CLEAR
Short English description: Thus the purpose of the project was to increase the role of society in promoting the principles of good governance and participation of citizens in the decisionmaking process at local level
Further information
Organisation: National Agency of Civil Servants, Ministry of Administration and Interior
Other applicants:
Homepage:
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: 50-100
Number of people involved:
Country: Romania
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:


Transparency and participation in public administration (44.4318172° N, 26.0998208° E)
Loading map...