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Round Table presenting the Final independent monitoring report on transparency in the decision-making of the central public administration bodies
The Association for Participatory Democracy ADEPT held a roundtable on February 14, 2011, where the final independent monitoring report on compliance with the transparency in the decision-making process of the central public administration bodies was presented. The report presents the findings of the daily monitoring of web pages of 24 central public administration bodies in the period 01.04.2010–31.12.2010. The monitoring was aimed at revealing the implementation degree by the authorities of the Law no.239-XVI as of 13.11.2008 on transparency in the decision-making process and of the Regulation on procedures to ensure the transparency in the drafting and adopting of decisions, adopted by Government Decision no. 96 as of 16.02.2010.
ADEPT has found that the internal mechanisms for ensuring transparency in the decision-making, existing within the public authorities, are different as content and efficiency. Many authorities have registered progresses in ensuring transparency in the decision-making on the official web pages during 2010, developing special rubrics for transparency in the decision-making, posting rigorous announcements on initiating the drafting of decisions, reports on transparency in the decision-making process etc.
The most problematic areas in respecting the standards for ensuring transparency in the decision-making on web pages by the authorities are: argumentation for drafting the decisions (present in almost 30% of cases), posting of announcements about the initiation of draft decisions, posting of the synthesis of recommendations from civil society organizations (found only in 6–7% of monitored cases) and of the annual and quarterly programs for developing the draft normative acts, indicating the draft decisions to be publicly consulted.
The discussions with the coordinators of public consultation within the decision-making process from the central public administration bodies revealed that the coordinators are facing numerous problems in ensuring transparency in the decision-making, such as: lack of human resources, and low financial motivation. There were also mentioned the inconsistencies between the Law no. nr.239-XVI as of 13.11.2008 and the Regulation, adopted by Government Decision no. 96 as of 16.02.2010, which lead to confusion regarding the need to comply with one or other requirements. At the same time, the roundtable participants acknowledged that legislation sets high standards for public announcement about the initiation of draft decisions and organization of public consultations, which all of the monitored authorities failed to fully comply with.
The monitoring activities were carried out within the framework of the project "Empowerment of decision-making transparency in Moldova", financially supported by the East-European Foundation. By implementing this project, ADEPT aimed at contributing to good governance by enhancing the transparency in the decision-making process and by attracting interested public to participate in the drafting, promoting and implementing the decisions of general interest.