Krasnodar, 19 October – Yug Times. The regional Civic Chamber has reportedly summed up the results of its work for the past two years.
It was the last plenary session of the second convocation. The new team has already been formed — the staff of the regional Civic Chamber will increase from 30 to 45 members, mainly because of the workload in 2015-2017.
In her report, Lubov Popova, Secretary of the regional Civic Chamber, touched upon the key issues of the Chamber’s activity, like the development of public initiatives, interaction with municipal civic chambers and consulting councils. Currently, the civic chambers work in 11 municipalities, two of which were founded this year. Besides, there are public councils working at nearly every municipality. These structures have quite broad controlling competences, and they are meant to ensure the support of public initiatives and develop an efficient dialog between the local power and the society.
“However, most of the municipal public councils work formally, so it is high time to re-format and rotate them,” stated Lubov Popova. “Say, members of many councils are municipal officials and local deputies, and some of them are even headed by municipal heads which leads to certain conflict of interests when carrying out public control.”
Addressing her colleagues, Ms. Popova thanked them for the well-organized work and stated that many public projects need the wisdom and knowledge of her colleagues. “Together with the Chamber of the new convocation we will have to prepare a report on the state of the civil society by the end of the year,” said she.