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Citizen Participation in Local Government Affairs (RS0012)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Serbia First Action Plan 2014-2015

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry in charge of local self-government

Support Institution(s): Office for cooperation with civil society Civil Society Organizations

Policy Areas

Public Participation, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Serbia End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

In terms of strengthening citizens' participation in public authority affairs at local level, the Government has carried out the preparatory tasks for the signing of the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government, which guarantees the participation of citizens in public authority affairs at local level.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 12. Citizen participation in local government affairs

Commitment Text:

1.     Signing Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government which guarantees participation of citizens in public authority affairs at local level

a.     Preparation of Draft Law on Ratification of the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government

b.     Submitting Draft Law to the Government for consideration and formulation of the Bill

2.     Strengthening the capacity of local self-governments in the areas of cooperation with civil society and transparent funding of CSOs from the budgets of local governments

a.     Organizing training for the local self-government units' employees, on the application of the Guidelines for the inclusion of civil society organizations in the process of adopting regulations and transparent funding of CSOs from the budget funds.

Responsible Institution(s): Ministry of Local Self-Government

Supporting Institution(s): Office for Cooperation with Civil Society; CSOs

Start Date: Quarter I 2015                  End Date: Quarter II 2015

 

Commitment aim:

This commitment intended to strengthen the legal framework by signing the Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It would increase the capacities of LSUs to consult and collaborate adequately with CSOs by organizing trainings for civil servants working in LSUs.

Status

Midterm: Substantial

This commitment’s level of completion was limited. The Serbian Government carried out only preparatory tasks for signing an additional protocol. The training for LSU employees was completed, although slightly later than the action plan timeline had envisioned the implementation. For more information, see the 2014-2015 Serbian midterm IRM report.

End of term: Substantial

The IRM researchers did not find evidence of progress on the additional protocol, which the government’s self-assessment report indicated would be implemented in Quarter I of 2016. Given that the training for LSU employees was complete in the first year of the implementation cycle, this commitment remains only substantially completed.

Did it open government?

Civic participation: Marginal

Regular civil society participation in local government is restricted to a number of LSUs. The LSUs state that they cooperate with CSOs in their strategic planning processes and that they have developed specific procedures for this type of cooperation. According to research conducted in 2014 by the Center for Equitable Regional Development, only 13 percent of LSUs state that they have a procedure for regulating and enabling the inclusion of CSOs and citizens. Seventy-nine percent indicate that they include civil society representatives as members of working groups for creating strategic documents.[Note 49: Vanesa Belkić, Danijela Jović, Petar Đurović, Peđa Martinović, and Dušan Vukajlović, “Učešće Civilnog Sektorau Dosadašnjem Strateškom Planiranju Razvoja na Lokalnom Nivou u Srbiji,” Stalna Konferencija Gradova I Opština (SKGO), October 2014, [Serbian] http://bit.ly/1OCRAVf] Trainings for 211 LSU employees from 120 LSUs was successfully completed in the first year of the implementation cycle.[Note 50: Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society, Toward Further Development and Sustainability of the Civil Society in Serbia by Jovana Timotijević, TIjana Stojiljković Rolović, and Marina Tadić, (Report, September 2016), http://bit.ly/2gbt7hn ] However, given the limited progress toward a signed additional protocol, and given the fact that evaluating civil society and government cooperation in strategic planning requires a long-term perspective, the effect of this commitment on government openness currently is marginal.

Carried forward?

This commitment was partially carried forward into the 2016-2018 action plan. Namely, commitment 1 aims to “develop a model of job description or part of job description of an officer responsible for cooperation with civil society in local administration,” while commitments 2 and 3 are focused on the provision on trainings for both public administration officers and civil society representatives in order to improve the consultative process when adopting public policy documents.

 


Commitments

  1. Increasing transparency and participation in parliament

    RS0042, 2018, Civic Space

  2. Publishing Budget Law

    RS0028, 2018, E-Government

  3. e-calendar for financing civil society

    RS0029, 2018, E-Government

  4. publish data on environmental protection funds

    RS0030, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. opening data for public calls for media development

    RS0031, 2018, E-Government

  6. open data reports on CSOs

    RS0032, 2018, E-Government

  7. amending media registration bylaws

    RS0033, 2018, E-Government

  8. Assistance with and monitoring of adoption of LAP

    RS0034, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  9. Updating of electoral roll

    RS0035, 2018, E-Government

  10. ePAPER

    RS0036, 2018, E-Government

  11. e-notice board

    RS0037, 2018, E-Government

  12. Improving proactive transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0038, 2018, E-Government

  13. Access to Information Law

    RS0039, 2018, Capacity Building

  14. cooperation with CSOs on regulations

    RS0040, 2018, Capacity Building

  15. e-civic engagement

    RS0041, 2018, E-Government

  16. Develop a Model of Job Description or Part of Job Description of an Officer Responsible for Cooperation with Civil Society in Local Administration

    RS0014, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Organise Trainings for Public Administration Officers in Connection with the Application of the Guidelines on Inclusion of Civil Society Organisations in the Process of Passing Regulations

    RS0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Organise Trainings for CSO in Connection with Application of the Guidelines on Inclusion of Civil Society Organisations in the Process of Passing Regulations

    RS0016, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Improve the System for Collecting Initiatives from Citizens and Businesses

    RS0017, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Introducing Standards for Civic Participation in the Public Policy Management System

    RS0018, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Improving Proactive Transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0019, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

    RS0020, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  23. Development of an Open Data Portal

    RS0021, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Draft a Bylaw Based on the Guidelines for Evaluation of Websites

    RS0022, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Improve the Institute of Public Hearing in the Drafting of Laws

    RS0023, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  26. Development of a Uniform Methodology for Planning, Monitoring and Performance Evaluation of Programmes and Projects Implemented by Civil Society Organisations and Monitoring the Spending of Allocated Funds

    RS0024, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Amend the Regulation on Funds to Support Programmes or Missing Amount of Funds for Programmes of Public Interest Implemented by Associations

    RS0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. Enactment of a Law on Electronic Documents, Electronic Identification and Trusted Services in Electronic Business

    RS0026, 2016, Capacity Building

  29. Establish a Single Public Register of Administrative Procedures and Other Conditions for Pursuing a Business Activity

    RS0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  30. Transparency in Monitoring Budget Expenditures

    RS0001, 2014, Capacity Building

  31. Law on Financing Political Activities

    RS0002, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  32. Transparent Public Procurement Procedures

    RS0003, 2014, Open Contracting and Procurement

  33. Transparent Financing of Civil Society Organizations

    RS0004, 2014, Civic Space

  34. Extending and Clarifying Responsibilities of the Anti-Corruption Agency

    RS0005, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  35. Whistleblower Protection Trainings and Campaigns

    RS0006, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  36. Draft Law Regulating Inspections in Public Administration

    RS0007, 2014, Audits and Controls

  37. e-Governmental Portal Awareness and Mobile Application

    RS0008, 2014, E-Government

  38. Starred commitment Public Administration Website Harmonization and Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

    RS0009, 2014, E-Government

  39. New Technologies to Improve Citizen Services

    RS0010, 2014, E-Government

  40. Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations in Public Policymaking

    RS0011, 2014, Civic Space

  41. Citizen Participation in Local Government Affairs

    RS0012, 2014, Public Participation

  42. Civil Society Participation in Monitoring the Public Administration (PAR) Strategy

    RS0013, 2014, Audits and Controls