The European Commission today released its review to Council and Parliament of the application of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), as legally mandated in Regulation 211/2011. As expected, this report takes a primarily formalistic, legalistic and technical approach to examining the first three years of the ECI. It does not explore if the ECI’s current design makes it an effective and meaningful tool for EU participatory and digital democracy, warns The ECI Campaign.
The government has sent its opinion to the Constitutional Court with regard to a request to call a state referendum concerning the adoption of a law on the outsourcing of non-core public-sector services, a press release from the closed session of the government on Thursday says.
Participatory budgeting is and aid to good economy and can restore the trust of citizens in politics. However, although a powerful tool, it is not a magic wand and also hinges on political will. The key prerequisite is for citizens to realize that they can and should take part in political decision making, with the ability to truly impact the decisions that are made. Finally, these decisions must be implemented in order for citizens not to lose trust or interest in further participation. These were the main messages sent out from the Second Conference on Good Economy, organized last week in Zagreb by the Green Network of Activist Groups (ZMAG) and the Cooperative for Good Economy.
Imagine an online one stop shop containing all of the Government’s publicly available data, providing visualizations of datasets that are crucial to transparency, such as the structural organization of every governmental department, and serving as a showcase of excellent applications made by citizens themselves using public data. In addition, this website contains additional information on the Government’s transparency program and enables citizens to comment upon and share information on the Government’s data and the ways it is used.
The leader of a civil society group heading a campaign against the government's plan to lease motorways, unionist Mijat Stanic, on Friday welcomed the government's decision to back down from this idea, adding that the group would not back out of their demand for a referendum as they wanted to ban leasing motorways by law.
The Juncker plan for the recovery of the European economy and the future of the Europe 2020 Strategy, currently facing revision, were the issues covered at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) plenary session, held in
Can you imagine public websites providing citizens with the data on every outlay by every ministry, state office or agency, who authorized what payment, when staff salaries were paid and what they amounted to, or how official credit cards are charged? Can
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This is why open data should be on the agenda daily and not only on the occasion of the International Open Data Day, February 21 – The Civic Innovations Weekend. The Open Data Day is celebrated through activities by the CodeAcross organization, including a discussion on improving existing future databases in
A strategic study and a framework plan for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Adriatic Sea were presented in Zagreb on Tuesday and the presentation was organised by the Hydrocarbons Agency.
The conference "Norway and Croatia: Partners in Economic and Social Development", organised by the Norwegian embassy in Zagreb on Monday, brought together Croatian government officials, unionists, employers and nongovernmental organisations' activists.
This year's first regular session of parliament will start on January 21 and is scheduled to run for ten weeks, Parliament Speaker Josip Leko announced after a meeting of the parliament's presidency on Tuesday.