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:
Hungarians and ethnic Saxons from Transylvania);
in order to ensure continuity;
population, located in rural areas;
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 category:||citizen involvement|
|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|
|Organisation:||National Agency of Civil Servants, Ministry of Administration and Interior|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||50-100|
|Number of people involved:|
|EU membership:||EU member|