The Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC) held a focus group meeting on 12 October 2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine, to discuss e-governance tools and instruments to enhance transparency and improve citizens’ trust in local authorities.
The purpose of the meeting was to identify good practices and challenges in the implementation of e-governance tools and instruments in the field of public services at the local level, and to develop a road map for their introduction in Ukrainian municipalities. The meeting was attended by 14 mayors and public local officials from different regions of Ukraine, as well as representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the State National Agency for e-Governance
“We would like to involve all levels of government to widen the application of e-governance principles and practices, which will lead to improved public services delivered to citizens at the national and local levels”, noted Oleksandr SLOBOZHAN, AUC Executive Director.
This new platform for discussion was initiated by Ukrainian mayors following their participation in the 5th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit held on 16-19 July 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Ukrainian mayors are committed to contributing to the implementation of the OGP National Action Plan for Ukraine, and fostering the dialogue with national authorities on its implementation. The AUC will play a central role as a moderator and co-ordinator, bringing together governmental institutions and local authorities.
This event took place within the framework of the Council of Europe's project ‘Strengthening democracy and building trust at local level in Ukraine’, implemented as part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine for 2018-2021. This project aims to improve the quality of local democracy in Ukraine by strengthening institutional frameworks and by supporting local authorities and their national associations in their efforts to promote ethical decision-making and more citizen-oriented, inclusive, responsive and transparent local governance.