Rebelianci zwiedzają Polskę

Przyjechali z Węgier, Czech, Słowacji i Białorusi żeby dyskutować o tym, jak obywatele mogą wpływać na rządzących. Byli ciekawi jak realizujemy w Polsce swoje prawa, jakie ustawy nam to gwarantują i jak zabieramy głos w sprawach publicznych. Dlaczego nazywamy ich „rebeliantami”? Przecież chcieli wiedzieć jak działać zgodnie z prawem! Jednak jak się okazało, by realizować swoje prawa w samorządowej Polsce, czasem trzeba być buntownikiem. A poza tym… są uczestnikami projektu REBEL (REinforcing direct democracy in BELarus).

 

REBEL: Ohlédnutí za jarním setkáním v Praze – video

Na jaře jsme pozvali hosty ze čtyř zemí k dialogu zasvěcenému nástrojům přímé demokracie. Ačkoliv se populistickým proudům v české společnosti daří tento pojem dezinterpretovat, v mnoha zemích světa jsou to aktuálně jediné záchvěvy demokracie, s nimiž jejich občané mohou vůbec počítat. Naopak Česká republika má s institucemi, jako jsou místní referenda nebo petice, dlouhodobě relativně pozitivní zkušenost. A máme se tedy o co podělit se svými blízkými i vzdálenějšími sousedy.

Video…

Jednání v Praze byla zasvěcena plánování, jak umožnit využití zákonného práva na lokální referendum občanům Běloruské republiky, jak jim zprostředkovat zkušenosti dobré praxe z ostatních zemí střední Evropy (Polska, Maďarska, Slovenska a ČR), ale také základní informace o běloruské legislativě.

V našem videu se můžete seznámit nejen se zahraničními hosty, ale i s českými odborníky, aktivisty a ústavními činiteli, kteří mají s místními referendy zkušenost. A pokud vás zajímají i konkrétní kroky, které naše konsorcium pro podporu běloruské občanské společnosti koná, sledujte internetovou stránku rebelrebel.online.

Look-back to our international gathering in Prague concerning civic oversight over public issues

In the spring guests from four countries gathered in Prague to initiate dialogue dedicated to the instruments of direct democracy at local level. V4 countries have relatively positive experience with instruments such as local referenda, free access to information or petitions. And so we have something to share with our more distant neighbours.

The meeting in Prague was devoted to planning how to allow the citizens of the Republic of Belarus undertake local referendums. Also, how could good practices from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic be helpful in Belarus.

In our video you can get acquainted not only with basic thesis, international experts, but also with Czech activists and constitutional actors, who have experience with local referendums. And if you are interested in specific steps taken by our consortium to support Belarusian civil society, keep an eye on the rebelrebel.online website.  Prague video.

Rebel – współpraca dla Białorusi

Czy możliwe jest branie udziału w procesach decyzyjnych, gdy praw i wolności obywatelskich jest niewiele? Liczymy na to, że przynajmniej w sprawach ważnych dla mieszkańców miast, można skutecznie korzystać z prawnych narzędzi uczestnictwa w podejmowaniu decyzji.


Na poziomie lokalnym wciąż pojawiają się nowe sprawy, w których rozwiązywaniu może zabrać głos lokalna społeczność – zagospodarowanie parków, transport publiczny czy porządek na cmentarzu. To sprawy, które być może uda się rozwiązać mieszkańcom, a gdy to zrobią poczują jaką siłę ma korzystanie z ich praw. W projekcie REBEL szukamy działających w krajach grupy wyszehradzkiej rozwiązań, takich jak lokalne referenda, petycje, inicjatywy lokalne. Będziemy je opisywać, a nasi partnerzy z Białorusi będą sprawdzali co może zadziałać na poziomie lokalnym. Projekt ma też wzmocnić więzi między partnerami i pomóc w dalszej współpracy.
Białoruska organizacja odpowiedzialna za projekt to Viešoji įstaiga Smulkaus verslo dirbtuvė/Petitions.by. Liderem projektu jest Transparency International Czechy, a partnerami – oprócz – nas Transparency International z Węgier i Slovak Governance Institute.

Source: Sieć Obywatelska

REBEL: Satisfactory opening of international collaboration

Our consortium successfully started the collaboration within the frame of project REinforcing direct democracy in BELarus by transferring the good practice from V4 countries. Previous long phrase covers four days of intensive work-meetings, hearings of experts on direct democracy tools, representatives of CSOs, visits to senator, to Transparency International Czech, endless hours of discussions and experience sharing and strategy planning.

Starting on Monday with introduction and informal presentations on each partner organization, we discussed potential of our collaboration. Uladzimir Kovalkin and Anton Motolko (SVD/Petitions.by), Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć (Watchdog Poland), Lorand Gyenge (TI-HU) and Ondřej Cakl (TI-CZ) could prepare for next day’s demanding program of Kick-off meeting.

 

Kick-off meeting, 25.4.2017

Joined by Ctibor Košťál (SGI) from Slovakia, our kick-off meeting not only included detailed overview of the collaboration tasks, but also special expert presentation of Mgr. Adam Jareš and Mgr. Aneta Jarešová on local referenda (LR) in the Czech Republic. The presentation covered legal background and description of basic features of referenda held during 2014, pointing out obstacles and weak points in both: the legislation and organization of the actions. Adam Jareš also introduced short case study on chosen referenda held in Prague (2014).

Discussion then followed the comparison of legislations in each V4 countries (summarized by partners) and remarks on actual practice of using this means of direct democracy. Thanks to that we could identify differences in perceptions of LR (e.g. in Poland and CR). Importantly, Mr. Kovalking introduced broad info on legislation regarding LR in Belarus. By the end of the day we had first points on our “to-do-list” for reinforcing the referenda in Belarus.

“To identify sensitively concrete, applicable means of civic participation in decision-making on public issues in Belarus was actually quite easy thanks to high expertise and engagement of each participant,” pointed out Ondřej Cakl fromTransparency International CZ. “We are very lucky with such thorough partnership.”

 

Civic Oversight on Public Issues in V4 vs. BY – Round Up I., 26.4.2017

Next day’s program was even more full. In collaboration with Anglo-American University in Prague we held a round up on civic oversight on public issues. Discussion was fuelled by expert in-puts from guests Maryna Puzdrova (Civic Belarus), Petr Lebeda (Glopolis), David Ondráčka (TI-CZ). While Mrs. Puzdrova gave us insight in civic society in Belarus and introduced the means of support for local players, which led to proposal on collaboration with REBEL partners, she also gave us valuable feed-back on the plans and objectives of the project itself.

After David Ondráčka’s wide introduction of Czech political situation and topical issues of the day for non-governmental sector, Mr. Lebeda’s thorough report on dialogue between Czech civic organizations and government (“Měj se k světu” initiative), catalyzed broader discussions on each partners’ experience in influencing of governance in each V4 country as well as in Belarus.

Under the moderation of Ondřej Cakl each representative then explained
concrete mechanisms of civic participation in governance of V4, after which summarized the info and finalized our ideas on The Handbook for Civic Oversight in Public Issues as well as on On-line Interface for Active Civic Society Partnership in V4-BY.
Literally, the means of direct democracy useful for Belarus were chosen (local referenda, petitions, public hearings). Tasks were distributed, partners’ roles were cleared, topics for comparative studies were given. We couldn’t wish for more fruitful proceedings…

 

Meeting Senator Renáta Chmelová

Still there was more to come: on Thursday our Belarusian partners visited Senator Renáta Chmelová in the Senate of the Czech Republic in Prague. With the kind assistance of Ms. Veronika Žolčáková, the two representatives of civic players from Belarus could not only share valuable insights on activism and the power of civic society in the Czech Republic, but also most detailed and deep insights on practice of dealing with local governance representatives of municipalities in both countries. After informal discussion, senator Chmelová guided the visitors around the Valdštejnský palác (seat of the Senate) showing  outstandingly hospitable approach to our guests.

Last official visit in Prague lead our steps to the office of Transparency International Czech Republic, where we could wrap up the achievements and share those with the team of project leader organization.

 

Interconnection

Although the differences in governance between V4 countries and Belarus are rather huge, willingness of all the partners in consortium gives us high hopes for reinforcement of direct democracy legal means in BY.

 

REinforcing direct democracy in BELarus by transferring the good practice from V4 countries