A conversation about the Future of Europe Conference
The Citizen Participation Forum (FGU), in partnership with some of the country’s most prominent civic organizations and networks, is embarking on an autumn’ civic tour’. The idea is to find out what citizens in six Bulgarian cities think of the European institutions’ role and make sure that their recommendations are heard during the Future of Europe Conference sessions.
In the first session, FGU, together with the European Spaces 21 association, will introduce to the public the format of the “Conference of the Future.” We will speak about the ways to get
involved in the process of EU development and will gather opinions on what should be the Union’s priorities.
In the second part of the event, we will discuss specific problems and solutions regarding the municipality, focusing on the governance at the local level.
📍 Citizen Participation Forum is a network of over 100 organizations working to improve the interaction between citizens and institutions. “The Caravan of Participation” is an initiative of a coalition for the preservation and expansion of civic space in Bulgaria, formed by the FGU, the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law, the National Network for Children, the Bulgarian Donor Forum, the Information Portal of NGOs in Bulgaria, Platform AGORA, WWF Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Red Cross. The activity of the coalition is supported by Civitates – Initiative for Democracy and Solidarity in Europe.
Discussion on ” Accountable Local Authorities”
How can local authorities be more transparent and open to their citizens? How can citizens help institutions to counter corruption and conflict of interest more effectively?
During the discussion, the Anti-Corruption Fund will present its work on the project ” Accountable Local Authorities, Strong Communities. ” The project engages local authorities in 10 cities across the country to adopt and implement the Local Integrity and Accountability Standard, which introduces the good governance principles in Bulgaria.
Also, the project mobilizes civil society communities to independently monitor for corruption, abuse of power, and conflict of interest at the local level.
📍 The ACF team will present the Anti-Corruption Fund’s Local Integrity and Accountability Standard and explain how local authorities and activists can get involved from here on.
The project “Accountable Local Authorities, Strong Communities, implementing a Local Government Accountability and Integrity Standard through Engagement of Local NGOs and Media” is implemented with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism. The main objective of the project “Accountable Local Authorities, Strong Communities, implementing a Local Government Accountability and Integrity Standard through Engagement of Local NGOs and Media” is to improve the accountability and integrity system of local government and thus create conditions for countering corruption at the local level by mobilizing local civil society communities.