Public control on local budgets
The discussion was built on two sessions. The first one was about dialogue strengthening possibilities between activists and local government. Deputy head of PAUCI foundation Kostiantyn Ploskii and deputy head of the Civil council in Dnipropetrovsk city council Maxim Semenov said about effects of such a dialogue. Expert of the Centre of political studies and analysis (CPSA) Volodymyr Tarnay said about legislative innovations that give more transparency to information about budgets.
The second session was about local initiatives that already exist and are focused on analysis how effective is local government on forming and spending public budget. Representative of platform “Public control” Atrem Romaniukov, initiator of public movement “Diya (Action)” Volodymyr Nedogoda and meber o Dnipropetrovsk city council Olena Smelchanska told about their experience in it. Glib Kanevskiy, viewer of “Econpomic Pravda” and expert of the CPSA, moderated the discussion. About 40 activists, experts and representatives of the local authorities built an audience of the discussion. The most interesting to discuss were issues about existing public initiatives, and how to make information about budgets accessible and transparent.
As a follow-up event to this expert discussion on the 21st of March was held a workshop on “forsight-method”. Maxim Semenov was a moderator of the meeting. Participants learned the basics of effective cooperation between stakeholders to achieve common goals. It was focused on the fact that local budgets should be formed not only transparent but also considering public proposals. The meeting was attended by about 15 activists. They identified the main problems of public participation in the budgeting process and intended to continue work that they started. The main issue mentioned which need public control and participation of activists was reallocation of budget funds, unbreaking the laws that can minimize corruption, involvement in the discussion of budgetary processes of local entrepreneurs and trade unions.