Bucharest, November 24, 2015 – The Center for Monitoring Public Policy organized a debate on “The Role of Civil Society in Drafting Sustainable Public Policies.” The panelists presented ways in which civil society can take part in public debates, how to achieve transparency in public policy-making, and how to turn the needs and demands of civil society organizations into coherent public policies.

“Every public decision has a long term impact. It is especially for this reason that there is an increasing need in permanent access to information and real transparency in the way public authorities are making decisions. We are making the first step towards this end and we are releasing Issue Monitoring, a service that tracks and analyzes this process, making it accessible to all interested parties, from NGOs to business companies”, stated Octavian Rusu, Director of the Center for Monitoring Public Policy.

“In the Romanian context, transparency in decision-making means more than a ‘Europeanizing’ aspiration, it is a real necessity. We are talking about what those elected to represent us think and what they decide, not just about learning what they already did. The next step for us, the civil society, is to carve out a determinant position in the construction of future decisions and public policies”, stated Ciprian Ciucu, Programs Director at the Romanian Center for European Policies.

As part of the debate, the Center for Monitoring Public Policy presented their new product, Issue Monitoring, a specialized service for monitoring public policies from the moment they are elaborated until their promulgation. Through this service, CMPP aims to offer all interested parties (the civil society, companies, institutions, etc.) a practical and efficient instrument for monitoring decisions at the level of the central administration, so that access to public information becomes standard procedure rather than a major achievement.

The service consists of an online platform, www.issuemonitoring.ro, which provides a series of functionalities that allow the fastest delivery of essential information to the interested parties. A unique feature of the Issue Monitoring services is that an expert participates in the debates of the specialized Parliamentary Committees, delivering real-time information on the result of the debate or of the vote, if that is the case.

In the long run, Issue Monitoring aims at consolidating the framework and communication practices between institutional decision-making parties and stakeholders, coming from both private companies and the civil society.

The debate generated significant discussions around issues that directly target civil society’s organizing principles and the way in which civil society answers the calls of the public sector, civil society’s representativeness before the public opinion, the permanent interaction with public authorities in matters related to transparency in decision making, as well as the way in which NGOs define and promote their goals.

Among the representatives of the civil society who were invited to express their opinion were:

  • Octavian Rusu – Center for Monitoring Public Policy,
  • Ciprian Cucu – Romanian Center for European Policies,
  • Oana Preda – Resource Center for Public Participation,
  • Cezara Grama – Expert Forum, and
  • Codru Vrabie – Funky Citizens Association.

The central public administration was represented by Minister Violeta Alexandru – the Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue, and Laurențiu Ștefan, Senior Presidential Adviser for Internal Political Affairs.