EmPaci news from Telsiai district on participatory budgeting

Telšiai district municipality is going to start implementing participatory budgeting initiative from 1 of July 2020

Telšiai district municipality politicians and administration aim to be more open, more citizen-oriented, seek for greater transparency in decision-making, the greater trust of the residents, using competence, knowledge and willingness to participate in the life of the district. The result of cooperation between the municipal council, the administration and the residents in decision-making is more appropriate services, the expectations of the residents have been fulfilled and mutual trust has been strengthened. In 2020, the Telšiai district municipality administration will start implementing the first participatory budget in the district.

In order to implement the ideas proposed by the public, the Telšiai District Municipal Council approved the decision  “On Approval of the Description of the Procedure for Selection and Funding Community Initiative Projects”. Following this procedure, the residents of the municipality will be able to submit their proposals, project ideas, which they believe are useful and necessary for the municipal community.

The trainings held on June 30, 2020 were intended for all residents of the district, representatives of communities, groups, non-governmental organizations.

During the training, the presentation and implementation of the ideas of community initiative projects and the pilot survey of the opinion of the residents of Telšiai district municipality and its results were presented by the Head of the Department of Public Administration and Political Science of Klaipėda University assoc. professor dr. Jaroslav Dvorak and lecturer Gabrielė Burbulytė-Tsiskarishvili.

The training was attended by the Mayor of Telšiai District Municipality Kęstutis Gusarovas, members of the Council Linas Šedvilas, Tomas Katkus, Evelina Zelbaitė and Algirdas Bacevičius, administrative staff.

You can find the video here

For more information:
Dr. Jaroslav Dvorak
Project manager, EmPaci, Klaipėda University