European Local Democracy Week launched in Chisinau
12 October 2015
Republic of Moldova joins member states of the Council of Europe in organizing public events to meet and engage with their citizens on issues of current interest in the framework of the “European Local Democracy Week” (12-18 October) launched within a press conference held on 12 October 2015 in Chișinău.
The European Week would be dedicated in Moldova to transparency topic. The events are organized with the financial support of the Government of Denmark, provided through the Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP).
During the week of 12-18 October 2015, local authorities throughout Moldova will organize a series of public events, to bring citizens and local authorities closer. Moldovan citizens will receive more information regarding the activity of the local public authorities, about the public budget and the way it is being spent.
At the launching conference, the central authorities and the development partners underlined the importance of citizen participation in public affairs. According to a survey conducted by Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP) during 2014, about half of the population claims not being informed on decisions of the local councils and mayoralties. However, wealthier people are more informed than those with low income.
“We place particular emphasis on improving the process of local governance through actions that promote transparency of the decision-making process and enhance the dialogue with community members. The examples provided today by the present mayors are promising. We want more such achievements. We encourage local authorities to ensure the sustainability of these initiatives throughout the year, because only this way there can be established an effective communication with citizens”, pointed out Sergiu Ceauş, Deputy Secretary General of the Government of Republic of Moldova.
Dafina Gercheva, the UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova stated: “Moldova lacks an institutionalized communication and feed-back tool that would enable central governments to reach citizens and collect their views for making informed decisions. In this context, Moldova should learn and take over good practices from other European countries that have made significant progress on the developing local democracies”.
Silvia Turcanu, Mayor of Chiscareni (Sangerei), mentioned: „A community is like a family, facing many challenges; solutions can be found only by involving everyone in the community, regardless of any criteria. Only by asking questions to people you can get answers on their needs and address them.” A network of NGOs and a local radio station have been established in Chiscareni, in order to optimize public communication.
The launching event of the Local Democracy Week was broadcasted online in Larga village (Briceni). “To spread the word among all categories of population we use several tools: we regularly update our local website, we transmit live the council meetings, send text messages to citizens, and engage into face to face discussions. We use Skype to reach out to those who work abroad. All these tools help us to better inform the citizens”, said the Mayor of Larga, Radu Urechean.
The Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP) is being implemented by State Chancellery of the Government of Moldova, in partnership with UNDP and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) with financial support from Government of Danemark.
Olesea Cazacu, project coordinator, JILDP, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 022-820-843.
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