“My Parliament” is an action-research project monitoring, investigating, sublimating and reporting through public disclosure of the appliance of the legal obligations and powers in regards to formal participatory processes for improved democratic oversight of implementation of the national policy and citizen’s participation in the process of policy creation and consultations.
The project is a follow up or a step further of the project MP’s Performance card representing one of the most successful stories of the Citizens Association MOST in regards to the improvement of the work and functioning of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. The Parliament efforts to engage citizens, CSO’s and the expert community in order to provide sustainable solutions and policies are below any level of satisfaction. In majority of the cases the CSO’s are misused in the process of consultations when the decision makers are inviting them to a consultation session just to have a solid justification and to show that the process was inclusive, without being open to accept any of the recommendations or solutions offered by the CSO’s.
Through monitoring, data collection, analyzing and public disclosure of the findings on the citizens participation and impact over the policy creation process the project will foster the Parliament and the MP’s to consult, engage and accept the recommendations of the CSO’s and on the other side it will empower the citizens and CSO’s in this area.
The My Parliament project will contribute towards increased influence and participation of the CSO’s in the processes of policy creation by fostering the Parliament and the MP’s to perform their duties in accordance with the national legislation and the powers drawn from it. It will also promote the concept of participatory democracy and citizen’s involvement by sharing the best practices as basis for functional democracy.
This project is funded by National Endowment for Democracy – NED
In the period between August 2011 and June 2012, the Citizens Association MOST conducted the project “My Parliament”, with aim to promote the concept of participative democracy and inclusion of the citizens in the policy creation and decision making processes. The activities within the project were directed towards monitoring of the work of the Parliament permanent working bodies (committees).
As an outcome of the project activities, a report was developed which is composed of data on the functioning of the permanent working bodies in the frames of the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia in the period from the constitution of the new composition of the Parliament, i.e. from 25 June 2011 to June 2012.
In the frames of the project, apart from the monitoring activity and on the bases of the analysed data, on 18.07.2012 the Citizens Association MOST organized debate that was attended by 40 participants, MPs, administration of the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia, CSOs and other stakeholders.
In the frames of the project “My Parliament” a public debate was organized: “Legal framework opportunities, influence and participation of the civil society organizations in the process of policy creation and decision making”.
At the beginning of the debate, the Executive director of MOST, Mr. Darko Aleksov, presented the data from the report on the monitoring of the work of the Committees of the Parliament of RM, that was developed in the frames of the project “My Parliament”. Besides Mr. Aleksov, speeches were delivered by Mr. Marjan Zabrcanec, the Executive director of Youth Educational Forum and Mr. Hristijan Jankulovski, the Executive director of HOPS, who shared their experiences from the participation of their organizations in the oversight hearings and the public hearings.
In direction of having the oversight hearings and the public hearings as mechanisms for citizens participation in the processes of policy creation and decision making, as well as supervision of the executive power, debates were delivered by Mr. Aleksandar Spasenovski, Chairperson of the Committee on Education and Sciences in the Parliament of RM, Mr. Hajrula Misini, Chairperson of the Committee on European Issues in the Parliament of RM, Mr. Mende Dinevski, Chairperson of the Committee on Health Care in the Parliament of RM.
The debate was participated by other chairpersons of the committees in the Parliament of RM, secretaries of the committees, as well as by representatives of the civil sector.
The Report “My Parliament” will be promoted publicly very soon.