While expecting tangible results of the Public Administration Reform: Enhancing civil society monitoring

Six months after the start of implementation of Public Administration Reform Strategy, Institute Alternative, together with partners and representatives of the administration, has been working on improvement of the methodology for monitoring this reform, which is crucial for our progress in European integration, depolitization of the society and prevention of the public resources abuse.

Improved methodology for monitoring Public Administration Reform (PAR) Strategy is the outcome of the workshop organized by Institute Alternative on January 16-17th within the project “Civil society for Good Governance: To Act and Account!”. The project is implemented with Bonum, New Horizon, Natura and Center for Investigative Journalism and funded by the European union (EU).

Government has adopted PAR Strategy in July, but so far, only one activity has been implemented – adoption of the new Law on Administrative procedures. The workshop objective was to improve the guidelines for methodology which will be used by the CSOs for PAR Strategy monitoring, with focus on areas of great importance for citizens such as service delivery, participation in decision making and obtaining free access to information.

Representatives of Center for Civic Education, Association of Youth with Disabilities and Center for Development of NGOs have especially contributed to the workshop, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Interior and recently established Ministry of Public Adminsitration.

Beside monitoring of the PAR strategy, our project “Civil society for Good Governance: To Act and Account!” aims to enhance the capacity of NGOs and media in their research and advocacy activities in area of good governance.

We remind that the Public Administration reform, next to the Rule of law and Economic governance, represents main pillar in the Western Balkans EU accession process. Therefore, the overall pace of accession of Montenegro will be assessed in regard to its readiness to provide citizens with efficient, transparent and service-oriented public administration.

In December 2016, Institute Alternative has upgraded its special website “My Administration”, in order to enable citizens to report and share obstacles and problems met while exercising their rights before the public administration, but also to keep them informed about the country’s progress achieving specific goals in the context of the reform.

Institut Alternative team

Workshop was organised with the assistance of the EU within the project “Civil society for Good Governance: To Act and Account!” which is implemented by Institute Alternative, Bonum, New Horizon, Natura and Center for Investigative Journalism

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