Azarov instructs Hryshchenko to make government more open
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has instructed Deputy Prime Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko to make the government's work more open to the public.
He stated this at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday, reminding that, at the request of the President, the Cabinet has launched active implementation of the international initiative Open Government Partnership, which was developed jointly with the public. "This important work should continue at the proper level. Therefore I order Deputy Prime Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko to organize its implementation in 2013," the head of government said. At the same time, he stressed that in 2012, one of the Cabinet's key priorities was the introduction of the principles of open government. In particular, last year executive authorities held more than three thousand public consultations. "Personally, I learned a lot of useful things from dozens of meetings with non-governmental youth organizations, civil society organizations and experts in the agro-industrial sector, on the rights of consumers, leading Ukrainian economists, as well as chairmen of public councils to the central and local bodies of executive power," Azarov said. The prime minister said that the priority for ministers and heads of central executive bodies should be to establish effective cooperation with the public councils under the relevant ministries and departments. "This is your additional export resource and a mouthpiece of the public. Taking into account the opinions and advice of the society is the greatest feedback, which greatly improves the efficiency of power and credibility to it," Azarov said. He also asked the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers to review the activities of these advisory bodies, which should contribute to the implementation of governmental authority, and submit proposals to enhance their work.