Instruments to engage citizens: towards improvement of Georgia’s local governance system
"Local authorities should be supported by a framework enabling them to effectively take care of their citizens, analyse their ideas and ensure that these voices are projected into decision-making" affirmed David Narmania, Head of the Delegation of Georgia to the Congress and Mayor of Tbilisi, when addressing participants of the conference on "Institutionalised citizen participation: an instrument for democratic governance".
The event, organised jointly between the Congress and the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia, served as a platform for analysis of the foundation for local gouvernance in Georgia and the effectiveness of the institutionalised mechanisms for citizen participation; contributing to "the achievement of sustainable and achievable outcomes", as put by Carlo Natale, Deputy-Head of the European Union Delegation to Georgia. Exploring good pratices in Georgia and Europe, representatives of the central and local authorities, civil society, experts and Congress members, shared their opinions on amendments to the "Code of Local Self-Government". The exchanges held will contribute to the production of "tangible results for citizens" stated by Irakli Matkava, First Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, and to the discussions on the development of a new decentralisation strategy.