“Corruption cannot be eradicated by passing new and stricter laws, but by making changes in the society through social pressure” was the message shared of the panel discussion “The openness of the institutions as a prerequisite for good governance” that was organized by the Centre for Democratic Transition (CDT). This discussion took place on 15 April 2016 at the Info Center of Euro-Atlantic integration in Podgorica, Montenegro, as a part of the ACTION VISEGRAD SEE project.
During the panel, CDT presented the regional initiative for open and accountable government, which will lead to increased openness and accountability of the institutions, which are essential factors when it comes to preventing and combating corruption.
How can new technologies enhance the good governance?
NGO representatives from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and the Czech Republic explained how can new technologies enhance the good governance.
While presenting the “Truthmeter” and “Citizens on watch” projects, Vukosava Crnjanski from the Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability in Belgrade – CRTA, noted that the media is one of the basic mechanisms when it comes to good governance.
Damir Dautovikj from CDT introduced the ”I ask to know” mobile app that simplifies the process of sending requests for free access to information between institutions and citizens, whereas Darko Brkan form the civil association “Why not?” presented the javnarasprava.ba web-platform that provides users with the opportunity for direct participation in decision making processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bardhyl Jashari from the Metamorphosis Foundation said that new technologies can improve the relations between the citizens and the institutions, but first there have to be changes within the institutions themselves.
Michal Skop from Kohovolit concluded that the creation of app by the non-governmental organisations is an important contribution to good governance.
The goal of the ACTION VISEGRAD SEE project is to promote a vibrant civil society that will effectively mobilize the citizens in an active inclusion regarding issues related to good governance, and to promote a civil society that will affect the policies and the decision making processes on a national and regional level in the Western Balkans.
The ACTION SEE project is supported by:
the government of the Federal Republic of Germany