- Published: 25.05.2020.
On line training "Open Government in Croatia" held for participants of the pilot project "In the school of open cohesion"
The online training "Open Government in Croatia" was held on May 18, 2020, thus marking the Open Government Week, which this year took place from 3 to 10 May. Given this year's opportunities, all the important messages that the Open Government Week wants to highlight are conveyed through online events, and this online education is one of a series of events held to encourage citizens to get involved in creating policies that affect their lives.
The online training "Open Government in Croatia" was held to introduce the participants of the Pilot Project to the goals and values of the global initiative Partnership for Open Government and the importance and need for active involvement of young people and citizens in its implementation. The online training was attended by 40 participants, and was intended for students, project leaders, principals and all other partners in the Pilot Project.
Cooperation with the Open Government Partnership initiative is an integral part of the Italian project, ie. the educational program "A Scuola di OpenCoesione" (At School on OpenCohesion), on which the Croatian project "In the School of Open Cohesion" is based, with the view of promoting student participation in investments made through EU cohesion policy using public open data.
As part of the online training, participants were introduced to the implementation of the Open Government Partnership initiative in Croatia and presented were some of the significant results with direct benefits for citizens achieved by implementing the Initiative in the Republic of Croatia (e-Citizens project, Open Data Portal and e -Savjetovanje). Examples of good practice from the local level were also presented, so participants had the opportunity to learn that in Croatia the cities of Rijeka and Pazin enable citizen participation in planning and use of budget funds in the city, so called, participatory budgeting.
Examples of good practice from other parts of the world in the areas of open government, open data, public services for citizens and civic engagement were also presented. Among the mentioned examples, the platform of the City of Madrid DECIDE MADRID was especially emphasized. It was organized with the aim of ensuring transparency of decision-making in the City of Madrid. The participants were introduced to the idea of the Decide Madrid initiative, how it was created and how the people of Madrid propose and vote for projects worth up to 100 million euros.
During the broadcast of the online training, the participants asked interesting questions related to the topic of the lecture and open government, and after the lecture, the lecturer Darija Marić from the Office for Cooperation with NGOs of the Government of the Republic of Croatia answered the questions.
Prior to the online training, participants had the opportunity to fill in the Questionnaire "Youth as Active Citizens" by which the Office for Cooperation with NGOs wants to collect data and information on the attitudes of young people regarding the values of the Open Government Partnership. It also aimed at collecting their attitudes on their greater inclusion in further development of a democratic society and transparent and accountable public administration. The results of the questionnaire will be used in creating the Action Plan for the implementation of the Open Government Partnership in Croatia for the coming period.
The video of the online education "Open Government in Croatia" is available here