On July 30, the Open Governance Council of the Ajara Supreme Council approved the second action plan for 2022-2024, which was developed as a result of active cooperation with the members of the Consultative Group.
The initiatives of the Consultative Group, the members of the Supreme Council and their staff, as well as the ideas submitted by the school students comprise totally 36 initiatives for the new action plan. As a result of the discussion, 26 initiatives were selected, which were transformed in eight commitments in the open governance action plan.
It should be noted that the working group shared 4 initiatives presented by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI): Thematic research on open governance issues; question or idea by a citizen for the supervisory mechanism - "Question of a member of the Supreme Council"; Citizen sending a question to the supervisory mechanism - "Minister's Hour"; Planning an information campaign to raise awareness of citizen engagement mechanisms.
The Action Plan aims to increase public participation in the legislative and supervisory activities of the Supreme Council, raise awareness about the mechanisms of citizens' engagements, and increase the transparency of the Supreme Council's activities. In order to achieve the mentioned goals, the commitments presented in the 2022-2024 action plan of open governance are divided into 3 main directions - increasing public participation in legislative activities; increasing public participation in supervisory activities; awareness raising and transparency.
To increase public participation in legislative and supervisory activities, various online mechanisms will be introduced, including voting on bills and public discussion of bills, a module for citizens to send a question for the "Minister's Hour", a field for sharing an idea or question for a "Question of a member of the Supreme Council". Information campaigns will be planned to raise awareness. The Supreme Council of Ajara, within the framework of the action plan, also plans to take part in organization of international network of regional legislatures within OGP and to hold the first conference of the said network.
The Open Governance Action Plan 2022-2024 of the Open Governance Council of the Ajara Supreme Council was developed within the scopes of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) "Consolidating Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia." The project is closely cooperating with the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) to promote Open Governance Principles at the Parliament of Georgia and the Supreme Council of Ajara (SCA).
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