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Improve Youth Consultation and Public Participation (RO0037)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Romania Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Youth and Sport (MTS)

Support Institution(s): Ministry for Public Consultations and Civic Dialogue (MCPDC); Consiliul Tineretului din România Asociația Impact Bistrița Asociația Tinerilor Bucureșteni Asociația Altium Asociația Viitorul Tinerilor

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Public Participation, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Romania End-of-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Currently, young people face numerous problems, especially at local level: - lack of local/ regional mechanisms to ensure a structured dialogue between youth and public authorities; - lack of promotion of a structured dialogue at national / regional / local level; - lack of specificity in implementation of youth related public policies. Main objective Achieve an open decision-making process in developing youth public policies at national level Brief description of commitment The commitment aims to implement a series of actions that will strengthen collaboration between public authorities, young people and organisations working with youth, to produce specifically targeted action plans, through dialogue and use of new technologies. The implemented actions and tools will lead to development of skills in both young people and public servants working in this field, contributing to an open, diverse, intercultural and connected society. OPG challenge addressed by the commitment Effectively managing public resources; Improving public services Relevance Civic participation Ambition Initiate structured dialogue for drafting and monitoring the implementation of youth related public policies, at local and county level; Setting up and operation of consultative councils for youth issues: 41 operating by the county councils, 41 operating by municipality councils, 1 operating by the General Council of the Bucharest municipality; Selection of at least 1000 benficiaries of MTS youth projects, on objective criteria and transparent methodologies, using online apps.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

8. Improve youth consultation and public participation

Commitment Text:

The commitment aims to implement a series of actions that will strengthen collaboration between public authorities, young people and organizations working with youth, to produce specifically targeted action plans, through dialogue and use of new technologies. The implemented actions and tools will lead to development of skills in both young people and public servants working in this field, contributing to an open, diverse, intercultural and connected society.

Main Objective:

Achieve an open decision-making process in developing youth public policies at national level.

Milestones:

    • Hold public consultations initiated by the National Working Group and youth workers
    • Setting up 83 local consultative councils for young people
    • Selection of at least 1000 beneficiaries of MTS youth projects, on objective criteria and transparent methodologies, using online apps.

Responsible Institution: Ministry of Youth and Sport (MTS)

Supporting Institution(s): Ministry for Public Consultations and Civic Dialogue (MCPDC); Non-government: Consiliul Tineretului din Romania, Asociatia Impact Bistrita, Asociatia Tinerilor Bucuresteni, Asociatia Altium, Asociatia Viitorul Tinerilor

Start date: 2016                                                                     End date: December 2017

Editorial Note: The commitment text is abridged. The full text can be found in the 2016–2018 OGP national action plan.

Commitment Aim

This commitment aimed to improve government engagement with youth through consultations (Milestone 1) and by increasing their participation opportunities at the local and regional level (Milestones 2 and 3).

STATUS

Midterm: Substantial

Through the EU cofunded projects Structured Dialogue and Youth Worker, several public consultations with youth and youth organizations were organized in 2016. In 2016, the Ministry of Youth and Sport implemented 22 projects at the national level, involving 1,488 participants that were selected using objective criteria and with transparent methodologies. Milestone 2 saw limited completion, as law 350/2006 did not mandate the establishment of local youth consultative councils. In December 2017, only 10 youth consultative councils were functioning in Arges, Bistrita Nasaud, Covasna, Neamt, and Suceava at the county level, and in Constanta, Targoviste, Deva, Ploiesti and Timisoara at the municipal level.

End-of-term: Substantial

According to the government’s self-assessment report, no further progress was made. [66]

Did it Open Government?

Civic participation: Did not change

The IRM midterm report has been skeptical of the effectiveness of the public consultations. [67] This skepticism was reaffirmed by a representative of civil society who stated that consultations felt like a tick-the-box exercise, rather than a real effort to improve youth participation. Moreover, the civil society representative argued that the youth councils that existed prior to the action plan provided a theoretical exercise in civic participation for a very limited number of students and provided only limited practice in managing civic projects. [68] Finally, another civil society representative argued that the new consultative councils (Milestone 2) were not yet functional. [69]

Carried forward?

This commitment will be continued in the 2018–2020 national action plan as Commitment 4: Improve consultation and public participation for youth.

[66] “National Action Plan 2016-2018: Self-assessment report”, Open Government Partnership, 2018, pages 36-38, available [in Romanian] at https://bit.ly/2vv2yw7.

[67] The IRM progress report noted that the effectiveness of the public consultations was brought into questioning, as they often were informational events, and did not constitute genuine participation or youth engagement. (See “Romania progress report 2016–2017”, IRM, 2017, page 48, available at https://bit.ly/2vvxoou.)

[68] Diana Moldovan, Asociatia Impact Bistrita, interview with IRM researcher on 7 November 2018.

[69] Marian Damoc, Romanian Youth Movement for Democracy, interview by IRM researcher on 8 November 2018.


Romania's Commitments

  1. Standardize Public Consultation Practices

    RO0048, 2018, E-Government

  2. Open Local Government

    RO0049, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Citizen Budgets

    RO0050, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Youth Participation

    RO0051, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Register of Civil Society Proposals

    RO0052, 2018, E-Government

  6. Access to Information – Local

    RO0053, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Online Business Sector Information

    RO0054, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Digital Consular Services

    RO0055, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. Transparency in the Funding of Political Parties

    RO0056, 2018, E-Government

  10. National Investment Fund Transparency

    RO0057, 2018, E-Government

  11. Civil Servant Training

    RO0058, 2018, Capacity Building

  12. Raise Awareness About Corruption

    RO0059, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Transparency of Seized Assets

    RO0060, 2018, E-Government

  14. Access to Social Services

    RO0061, 2018, E-Government

  15. Open Access to Research

    RO0062, 2018, E-Government

  16. Open Education

    RO0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  17. Evaluate Open Data

    RO0064, 2018, Capacity Building

  18. Open Data

    RO0065, 2018, E-Government

  19. Improving the Legal Framework and Practices Regarding Access to Public Interest Information

    RO0030, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Centralized Publishing of Public Interest Information on the Single Gateway Transparenta.Gov.Ro

    RO0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Promoting Open Parliament Principles

    RO0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. Improved Management of the Applications Submitted for Granting Citizenship

    RO0033, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Standardization of Transparency Practices in the Decision-Making Procedures

    RO0034, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Centralised Publication of Legislative Projects on the Single Gateway Consultare.Gov.Ro

    RO0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Citizens Budgets

    RO0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Improve Youth Consultation and Public Participation

    RO0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Subnational Open Government

    RO0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. Promoting Transparency in the Decision-Making Process By Setting Up a Transparency Register (RUTI)

    RO0039, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  29. Access to Performance Indicators Monitored in the Implementation of the National Anticorruption Strategy (SNA)

    RO0040, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  30. Improve Transparency in the Management of Seized Assets

    RO0041, 2016, Asset Disclosure

  31. Annual Mandatory Training of Civil Servants on Integrity Matters

    RO0042, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  32. Improving Access to Cultural Heritage

    RO0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. Open Data and Transparency in Education

    RO0044, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Virtual School Library and Open Educational Resources

    RO0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Open Contracting

    RO0046, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  36. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Published Open Data

    RO0047, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Publishing the Public Interest Information on a Single Government Portal: Transparenta.Gov.Ro

    RO0019, 2014, E-Government

  38. Making an Inventory of the Datasets Produced by the Ministries and Subordinate Agencies

    RO0020, 2014, Open Data

  39. Ensuring the Free Online Access to National Legislation

    RO0021, 2014, E-Government

  40. Amending Law 109/2007 on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information

    RO0022, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  41. Opening Data Collected from the National Health System

    RO0023, 2014, Health

  42. Opening Data Collected from the Monitoring of Preventive Measures as Part of the National Anticorruption Strategy 2012-2015

    RO0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  43. Open Contracting

    RO0025, 2014, Open Contracting and Procurement

  44. Opening up Data Resulted from Publicly-Funded Research Projects

    RO0026, 2014, E-Government

  45. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Published Open Data

    RO0027, 2014, Open Data

  46. Human Resource Training in the Field of Open Data

    RO0028, 2014, Capacity Building

  47. Disseminating Information on the OGP Principles and Promoting the Open Data Concept in an Accessible Manner

    RO0029, 2014, Records Management

  48. Designating a Person Responsible for Publishing Open Data in Each Public Institution

    RO0001, 2012, Open Data

  49. Identifying Regulatory Needs, Logistical and Technical Solutions

    RO0002, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  50. Making an Inventory of Available (High-Value) Data-Sets

    RO0003, 2012, Open Data

  51. Priority Publishing on the Web Pages of Public Institutions of Specific Data-Sets

    RO0004, 2012, Open Data

  52. Initiating Pilot-Projects, in Partnerships

    RO0005, 2012, Open Data

  53. Organizing Public Debates on the Utility of Open Data, in Partnerships

    RO0006, 2012, Open Data

  54. Uniform, Machine-Readable Publishing Format for Open Data

    RO0007, 2012, Open Data

  55. Procedures for Publication of Data-Sets Based on Civil Society Recommendations

    RO0008, 2012, Open Data

  56. Procedures for Citizen Complaints Pertaining to Open Data

    RO0009, 2012, Open Data

  57. Consultation Mechanism Between Suppliers and Beneficiaries of Open Data

    RO0010, 2012, Open Data

  58. Creating a Rating System for the Assessment of High-Value Data-Sets

    RO0011, 2012, Open Data

  59. Routinely Publishing Specific Data-Sets on Web Pages of Public Institutions

    RO0012, 2012, E-Government

  60. Integrating Open Data from Public Institutions in a Single National Platform

    RO0013, 2012, E-Government

  61. Inventories of Data, in Order to Facilitate Public Access

    RO0014, 2012, Open Data

  62. Institute a Monitoring Mechanism of Compliance for Open Data

    RO0015, 2012, Open Data

  63. Stimulating the Market for Innovative Use of Open Data

    RO0016, 2012, Open Data

  64. Routinely Publishing Data-Sets on the National Platform, 25% High-Value

    RO0017, 2012, Open Data

  65. The Public Procurement Electronic System (SEAP). the Electronic Allocation System for Transports (SAET)/B.1 C) Expanding the On-Line Submission of Fiscal Forms. Ensuring the Free On-Line Access to National Legislation. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage Subpoenas and Facilitate Access Toinformation Regarding Legal Proceedings. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to Obtaining the Romanian Citizenship. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to the Creation of Non-Profit Legal Persons. the Integrated System for Electronic Access to Justice (SIIAEJ)

    RO0018, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration