Mobile Parliament

Background/Summary/Basic info
The democracy as a process represents ruling of the majority of individuals and it is functioning best when the citizens are informed and involved in the process of policy creation and decision making.

The basic function of the members of Parliament, representing the needs and interests of the citizens’ trough enacting laws accommodating their needs and interests, was a little bit forgotten.                                                          

MOST decided to help citizens and bring them closer to their elected representatives in the legislative home, to establish ways of mutual communications and for that purpose, MOST started the implementation of the project “Mobile Parliament”.

Overall objective
The overall goal of the project Mobile Parliament was to educate the citizens on their rights and obligations in the period between two election processes. Additionally the essential goal of the project was to improve the communication between the MPs and their constituency as well as to build “bridge” between the Parliament and the citizens.

 

Specific objectives

  • To increase responsibility and accountability of elected representatives towards the citizens;
  • To increase the role of citizens in the decision-making process and to improve communication between citizens and MPs;
  • Increase citizens’ awareness on their rights and responsibilities in the period between parliamentary elections.


Period of implementation
April 2003 – February 2008

Achievements

  • Organized 93 meetings attended by more than 3500 citizens and 211 MP’s of two Parliamentary compositions and 48 representatives of the local self government units;
  • The Government made decision for construction of the road network Skopje – Porece (recommendation from the public meeting held on 07.12.2007 in Skopje)
  • Two amendments of the Budget of R Macedonia and one Representative question were submitted as recommendation from the Veles public meeting (25.12.2006) regarding the landslide Ramina;
  • One Representative question was addressed to the Government based on the public meeting that took place in Radovis 23.07.2007. Furthermore a decision was made by the Government to allocate funds for reconstruction of the school premise that was a topic on the public meeting;
  • Two amendments on the Budget of R Macedonia were submitted in order to support development of general and detailed urban plans in Kriva Palanka and Corridor 8. Regarding the same subject three Representative questions were raised by the MP Blagorodna Cvetkovska as an outcome from the Public meeting held in Kriva Palanka on 14.12.2007;
  • Two amendments to the Budget of R Macedonia were submitted in order to resolve the infrastructure/road problem in Gazi Baba-ED Skopje 2 (building of pedestrian and cycle roads on the main road).

Key achievement of this project was reaching sustainability and institualization. In 2007 the Parliament established permanent constituency offices for contact with the citizens.

This project was funded by Canadian International Development Agency – CIDA, Balkan Trust for Democracy – BTD, USAID through Institute for Sustainable Communities  and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherland