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Pilot “Citizen Budget” Initiative (BG0059)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Bulgaria National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Sofia Municipality

Support Institution(s): National Association of Municipalities in Bulgaria

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Fiscal Openness, Local Commitments, Publication of Budget/Fiscal Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Bulgaria End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Bulgaria Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Increasing local governmental financial transparency through pilot citizen budget initiative in the municipalities Status quo/Problem addressed: Most Bulgarian municipalities actively publish information about their budgets, but often the information is too complex and its interpretation and understanding require specialized expertise. This in turn discourages the citizens and reduces citizen participation in such an important area as municipal finances. Main objective: To promote citizen participation by providing understandable information about municipal budgets or the so called citizen budget. Ambition: Introducing the “citizen budget” approach at the local level. Deliverables and impact: Improved understanding of municipal finances by the citizens; better capacity of municipal authorities to provide understandable and accessible information about the local budgets; development of effective outreach methods; more active citizen involvement in the formulation and control of municipal budgets.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

3.1.2 Pilot “citizen budget” initiative
For specifics on this commitment, please see the full report in Bulgarian or English.

Commitments

Open Government Partnership