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Montenegrin municipalities break down regulatory and administrative barriers

Author: Adrian Offerman

Three municipalities in Montenegro, Budva, Danilovgrad and Zabljak, have taken the lead in eliminating deficiencies in regulatory and administrative procedures at local level. Citizens and businesses are now able to report problems and barriers on the web site prijavibarijeru.me, along with proposed solutions and an indication of the institution responsible.

This input is collected by the Montenegrin Centre for Democratic Transition (CDT), a non-governmental organisation involved in developing and promoting public dialogue, training political actors, and monitoring institutions, processes and policies, in order to improve democracy in Montenegro. The CDT will present the ideas received through the portal to the Council for Improving the Business Environment and Regulatory and Structural Reforms, which in turn will decide which proposals to forward to the central government, local governments and other relevant institutions.

e-Participation

This e-participation project was implemented by the Montenegrin Ministry of Finance, the Fund for Active Citizenship (fAKT), CDT, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Seecom (Empowering public sector communicators in Eastern Europe).

The Ministry of Finance and UNDP started this initiative to improve the quality of services local governments provide to citizens and also to improve the working environment for companies in these municipalities, states CDT. After an open call and financial support from fAKT, CDT has joined in helping to encourage dialogue between citizens and companies on one side, and local and state institutions on the other.

Information campaign

The prijavibarijeru.me portal was launched two weeks ago. In order to get citizens and the business sector interested, CDT launched an information campaign through social networks and the media. Furthermore, they are working with many SMB umbrella organisations that will share information about the project and its aims. The first suggestions will be collected at the beginning of March and will be presented to the Council mid March.

In this first phase of the project, the opportunity to report problems and barriers is offered to citizens and companies from the municipalities of Danilovgrad, Zabljak and Budva. In the second phase, all citizens of Montenegro will be able to use this platform. The launch of the next phase will depend on the success of this first stage.