Reforming of parliamentary administrations in the EP countries goes on – through establishment of transparency, efficient communication and engagement of public 30.11.2018

On November 14th an international conference on reforming the parliamentary administrations in the Eastern Partnership countries was held in Kyiv.

The conference was attended by senior officials representing the parliaments of Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia as well as the Head of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine, representatives of the German Bundestag, German Embassy in Ukraine and international experts.

During very intensive three panels participants discussed today’s challenges in the reform process, presented the main achievements so far and in conclusion exchanged their thoughts and ideas about future cooperation.

Among the main challenges participants especially underlined the need to establish a transparent and efficient communication between citizens and the legislative bodies. Therefore, in all countries considerable attention is paid to new, more attractive and understandable formats of interaction. Speakers of the first panel emphasized in this regard also the importance of new communication channels like online streams, podcasts, publications in social media and the use of technologies like e.g. mobile apps which enable its users to comment draft laws etc. ‘“Successful parliament administrations serve the interests of the society. the crucial tasks for us now include analysis and research”, – reported Heike Baddenhausen, Head of the Secretariat Committee on the Affairs of the European Union, the German Bundestag.

During the second panel participants analyzed the role and work of research and analytical centres. “Research and analytical centres serve the institutional memory. They must ensure that all members of Parliament are aware of the challenges the Parliament is facing even before these challenges show up”, – underlined Ara Saghatelyan, Chief of Staff-Secretary General of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. In the Ukrainian Parliament it is also planned to establish a research unit. “This unit will have to offer a much higher quality in preparing relevant issues for the Parliament, working on draft laws and making forecasts on the possible consequences of their adoption”, – Petro Bodnar, First Deputy Head of the Office of the Parliament of Ukraine – chief administrator.

Participants of the third panel exchanged experiences about closer cooperation between supreme audit institutions and parliaments of their countries. The main issue raised from Ukrainian representatives was the control of local budgets in hromadas. “One of our main challenges is related to the local budgets of AHs. It is important to have relevant tools for that. We must ensure independent financial control over the local budgets”, – Lesya Karnaukh, Advisor to Chairman of Accounting Chamber of Ukraine.

In conclusion, participants discussed the importance of exchange, networking and regional cooperation. “We must share our thoughts, results, positive and negative outcomes of our work. We need a catalyzer for cooperation”, – highlighted  Gor Khachatryan, Advisor, GIZ Programme “Public Finance Management in the South Caucasus”, the Republic of Armenia.

To get more insights into the mentioned topics of the conference, please follow the links to the presentations of our speakers.

Video_Supreme Audit Institutions – Accountability and Development_eng

Video_Supreme Audit Institutions – Accountability and Development_ukr

Panel 1_G.Mikanadze_Speech_eng

Panel 1 A.Saghatelyan_Speech_eng

Panel 1 H.Baddenhausen_Speech_eng

Panel 1 MD_Presentation_eng

Panel 1 MD_Speech_eng

Panel 2 A.Akbarov_Speech_eng

Panel 2 G.Oshakanyan_Presentation_eng

Panel 2 I.Serebreanschi_Presentation_eng

Panel 2 R.Clements_Presentation_eng

Panel 2 R.Clements_Presentation_ukr

Panel 3 G.Khachatryan_Presentation_eng

Panel 3 L.Spielhoff_Presentation_eng

Panel 3 L.Spielhoff_Presentation_ukr

Panel 3 V.Balan_Presentation_eng

Panel 3 V.Balan_Speech_eng

Panel 3 Z.Valiyev_Presentation_eng

Panel 3_G.Khachatryan_Presentation_eng

PFC Legislation Analysis_eng

PFC Legislation Analysis_ukr