The Coalition for Clean Romania organized training for good governance monitors

The Romanian Academic Society (SAR) along with the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), the Pro.Do.Mo Association, and Save Bucharest Association, held a training session for good governance monitors, between August 8th and 10th 2014. The event was organized within the framework of the project “Developing the watchdog capacity through the Alliance for a Clean Romania” and was held at Hotel Rin Central, in Bucharest.

During the three days of training, participants received information on the monitoring methodology with the aim of increasing their involvement at the grassroots level and of enabling them to monitor the priority topics. SAR President, Alina Mungiu Pippidi and project coordinator, Simona Popescu presented the project’s objectives and indicators as well as the specific steps to be followed by the participating journalists and monitors. Meanwhile Mihai Goţiu, the coordinator of the romaniacurata.ro platform, spoke about the editorial policy.

Attorney Peter Eckstein Kovacs presented the main provisions of the anti-corruption legislation in Romania and techniques for monitoring public officials; expert Ion Georgescu held a lecture on monitoring EU funds; CIJ representatives, Ioana Avădani and Cristina Lupu talked about the transparency of public information and responsiveness of public authorities to citizens and the Open Government Partnership; Alina Mungiu-Pippidi instructed the participants on the use of Law no. 544/2001 on free access to public information for monitoring public officials, European funds, undue profit resulting from conflict of interest, and the licensing and control activity of central and local authorities. SAR representative, Radu Busneag presented the newly developed online application provided by the Coalition for Clean Romania enabling its members and volunteers to send FOIA requests (on the basis of law 544/2001); General Anticorruption Directorate expert, Mihai Bârlici, held a presentation on the detection and reporting of cases of corruption; journalist Catiusa Ivanov discussed about the monitoring of local municipalities; Attorney Sorin Fusea discused about monitoring public procurement made by local authorities through the SEAP platform; and SAR expert, Adriana Iordache, talked about monitoring discriminatory public policies and hate speech.

This project has been financed by the EEA Grants 2009 – 2014, within the framework of the NGO Fund in Romania. For official information about the EEA Grants please visit www.eeagrants.org.

Contact person: Simona Popescu (simona.popescu@sar.org.ro)

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