ACTION SEE on POINT conference: Governments do not understand the importance of the principle of openness
The Regional index of government openness in SEE region, based on the research conducted by the Action SEE network, points to many similarities between the neighboring countries.
Point 6.0 conference that is taking place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 24 to 28 May, started with the ACTION SEE Advocacy Day and the presentation of the results and recommendations gathered through the monitoring done for the Regional Openness Index for 2016. The Openness Index is a tool for measuring openness of public institutions, designed to cover broad issues, but always paying attention to their effect on citizens and their quality of life.
Analysis of legislative power in the Republic of Serbia included the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and showed that legislative authorities meets the 59 percent indicator of openness. This result points to the possibility of significantly improving of the openness.
Parliament of Montenegro should open direct channels of communication with citizens through social networks
The Parliament of Montenegro is the most transparent legislative power in the region but there are still significant issues this institution must deal with in order to achieve international standards of openness and accountability.
Legislative branch in Bosnia and Herzegovina has a lot of work to do on its openness to the citizens
Analysis of openness and accountability of the legislative authorities conducted by the regional network of NGOs “ActionSEE”, within the project “Network for responsibility, new technologies and openness of institutions in South East Europe”, showed that the legislative branch of government in BiH meets just over half (51%) of indicators of openness. The research was conducted from October to December 2016 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo.
Development of openness and accountability of the Parliament of Albania needs to be strategically planned
According to the research results of the ACTION SEE Regional Openness Index, the Parliament of Albania meets 60% of indicators of openness. This result means that there is still work to be done to have a better performance of Albanian Parliament’s activity.