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Community counsellors

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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The group of community counsellors of the second district is a consultative body without legal personality, attached to the second district Town Hall of Bucharest Municipality, Romania, under the direct coordination of the mayor of the second district, Mr. Neculai Onţanu.

The 512 community counsellors of the group have various professions - economists, engineers, jurists, chemists, biologists, technicians, medical assistants, accountants, IT operators and retail agents - so their vast professional experience and their contribution is of significant benefit to the community of the second district. The group has a predefined working structure, the community counsellors being divided into working groups per field of interest so as to increase the efficiency of their activity. Furthermore, for a better management of the territory, the second district has been divided into 14 areas, each area with a coordinator, allowing the monitoring of the main issues that concern the citizens in the district and the processing of projects to resolve those issues. In each area, community counsellors have clear responsibilities, stipulated in the statute, each covering two or more streets from the respective area, according to the density of the population. The public counsellor can also be an administrator of a residential complex in the area concerned. The working teams have permanent connections with the citizens in the territory, taking over specific issues of the area from them and being concerned in solving them.

The group of community counsellors of the second district meets the upper management of the second district Town Hall in ordinary sessions every three months and in extraordinary sessions at the request of the second district Town Hall. At such sessions, important actions to be performed by the second district local administration in the short, medium or long term are presented to the counsellors, as are the investments and stages of the ongoing residential modernisation, rehabilitation and infrastructure work or the work that will be completed at the level of the second district. This data is subsequently disseminated by the members of the group of community counsellors among the group of citizens with which they engage in a daily dialogue.

Furthermore, the body has a consulting role, being one of the means for the local administration to identify the needs, desires and expectations of the community at territorial level. The proposals and recommendations issued by the group of local counsellors of the second district are implemented by order of the Mayor or the Local Council, the terms or implementation thereof not being compulsory.

Award info
Award category: public service delivery
Award type: submission
Award year: 2009
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity: cooperation
Keywords: Social involvement, social responsibility, consultative body, citizen involvement
Short English description: The group has a predefined working structure, the community counsellors being divided into working groups per field of interest so as to increase the efficiency of their activity
Further information
Organisation: Second District City Hall, Bucharest
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Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved:
Country: Romania
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Community counsellors (44.437711° N, 26.097367° E)
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