Thematic Inquiry Group on "Civic Engagement Instruments and Practices in State Agencies” of the Parliamentary Permanent Open Governance Council convened the sitting today, where the representatives of civil society held a verbal hearing.
The Permanent Open Governance Council launched a Thematic Inquiry into the Instruments and Practices of Civic Engagement in State Agencies this spring, which, at first stage, received written substantiated opinions from the civil society and experts.
At the next stage, hearing on civic engagement of the executive authorities, in particular the ministries, is envisaged. Following the completion of the hearings, the Council will develop its recommendations that will be reflected in the conclusive report ultimately contributing to the establishment of public governance in Georgia.
"It all serves to find out together what instruments and practices are at our disposal for citizen engagement in state institutions, what are the drawbacks in this regard, what are the main challenges, and then we will come up with ultimate recommendations in order to improve the institutionalization of citizen engagement. We strive not to make this a fragmented, formal process so that the citizens actually have an interest to take part in decision-making, in the process of drafting policies and bills”, - the Chair of the Parliamentary Permanent Open Governance Council, Irina Pruidze stated.
Representative of the UNDP Parliamentary Project, IDFI Parliamentary Project, CSI, TI-Georgia and CENN also participated in the meeting.