In January 2011, Center for Democratic Transition (CDT), started with implementation of the project “Open Institutions”, in cooperation with the Parliament and the Government of Montenegro.
Overall objective of the project is to enhance contribution of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to the democratic development of Montenegro and to contribute to a greater development and promotion of good governance by strengthening relationships between state institutions CSOs and public. Specific objective of the project is to increase transparency and accountability of the public administration (Government) and the Parliament.
Project consists of four groups of activities:
1. Internship program, through which the best students of Montenegrin universities and faculties are working for a few months in Parliament, Government and Ministries, and learning from experienced clerks and officials how to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice.
2. Program “Open Government” that has been conducted in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Government of Montenegro, and includes: publishing of biweekly bulleting about Governments activities; organizing citizens’ visits to a Government; preparing Annual Report of the Government and comparative analyses of legislation and practices regulating openness and transparency of the Government, and advocating for implementation of good better solutions.
3. Program “Open Parliament”, which has been conducted in cooperation with the Service of the Parliament of Montenegro, and includes publishing of monthly bulletin about work of Parliament and providing support to development of Parliament’s Research Department through Internship program, trainings and study visits.
4. Strengthening the role of CSOs in decision making, which includes preparation of manual and conducting trainings for interested CSOs about legislative process and advocacy techniques.
In addition to Parliament and Government, CDT’s partner is association GONG from Croatia.
Here you can see all editions of bulletins:
Project will last 18 months, and it is an EU-funded project managed by the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro.