Transparency, accountability and civic participation in the Black Sea Region- a plea for open Parliaments in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Georgia

February 2008 - December 2008
Daniel Smilov and

The project Transparency, accountability and civic participation in the Black Sea Region- a plea for open Parliaments in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Georgia, implemented by the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) Romania in partnership with the Centre for Liberal Strategies (CLS) - Bulgaria, the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS Viitorul) - Republic of Moldova and Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) - Georgia, was supported by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST).

The project resulted in the elaboration of a detailed comparative publication on the legal framework and practices regarding the openness of parliaments in four Black Sea countries: Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova and Romania.

 

Started as an innovative approach challenging the “traditional” topics addressed when analyzing the political environment of the Black Sea Region (always associated with debates upon security dynamics, geo-strategy etc.), the project proved not only that debates and further advocacy efforts for making the national Parliaments in countries in this region are important and up-to-date, but that it is a fundamental prerequisite for non-governmental actors to continue working together to turn the fragile democracies in the region into viable ones.

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