Today, on January 31, in the conference hall of the NGO "Podolian Agency for Regional Development", the issue of how the tools of e-democracy work in Vinnytsia was discussed.
At the beginning of the event, the head of the «Laboratory of Electronic Democracy» NGO "Podolian Agency for Regional Development" Sophia Sakalosh, mentioned that currently both e-democracy and e-government are very important in decision making and public participation in making these decisions by local authorities.
"The more representatives of the government will consult with citizens in decision making, the better the achieved result will be," said Sophia Sakalosh.
Dina Chernenko, Chief of Information Technology Department of the Department of Information Technologies, told about how the city council takes into account the inhabitants' propositions, how the citizens of Vinnytsia make inquiries and requests, as well as the introduction of e-democracy tools in the Vinnytsia City Council. She dwelt in detail on the issue of electronic petitions and new tools that are being implemented, including Citizen's Intelligence, a site for ATO participants, and the availability of a site for slobber.
"All e-government and e-democracy tools are presented on the website of the city council. For several years citizens have been able to address the authorities with questions and problems through the service "Petitions and Citizens' Appeals." All petitions and appeals without exception are considered and all questions are answered. There is a map of appeals, where the messages from the residents are taken and such reactions occur in the shortest possible time. Such services help citizens of Vinnytsia to quickly submit information to any representative of the city council", said Dina Chernenko.
Representative of the EGAP program in Vinnytsia region Viktor Matsenko told about how the program works in our city and that it is planned at most to involve the region to the program, including the integration of amalgamated communities into the program.
"Vinnytsia is one of the leaders in the implementation of electronic services, starting with "Transparent offices ". We have an aim to extend the area. Vinnitsa will act as a locomotive that will pull up all other cities of the Vinnytsia region and amalgamated communities to the smart city, smart state, so that people can influence the decisions of the state and make active decisions from any place with gadgets. ", - said Victor Matsenko.
In details, on the question of how the issue of the budget of public initiatives is being implemented, how it works in Vinnytsia, what features and challenges are, told the deputy head of the information and analytical department of the Department of Legal Policy and Quality of the Vinnytsia City Council Volodymyr Khoroshev. He also mentioned that currently the number of appeals of the citizens of Vinnytsia to the " Round-the-clock guards" has significantly decreased.
Also during the event, Katerina Babina, director of the communal enterprise "VinnitsaCartService" told about the introduction of an electronic ticket in Vinnitsa.
Irina Artemenko, local coordinator of the educational technology platform KID'IT, mentioned that now the children are becoming modern from an early age, that is why Vinnytsia has courses for the smallest. Also, she shared the good news that the children attending classes took part in the international competition and won prize-winning places.
During the summing-up and discussion, it was proposed to introduce indicators of quality tools for e-democracy and e-governance, which would help to analyze their effectiveness through information technology.
As a result, the opinion was expressed that Vinnytsia is fortunate, because there is a Vinnytsia National Technical University, which is a kind of "smithy of personnel", which is why the city is so advanced in the field of modern technologies, including e-democracy and e-governance.
The event took place within the framework of the project "Laboratory of e-Democracy" with the financial support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Swiss-Ukrainian Program " Electronic Governance for the Power and Community Participation" (EGAP), aimed in using the latest information and communication technologies to help to improve quality. governance, improve the interaction between authorities and citizens and promote social innovation in Ukraine. The EGAP program is funded by the Swiss Confederation and implemented by the Eastern Europe Foundation and the InnovaBridge Foundation. More about the program at egap.in.ua