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Within the public consultation procedure, The Freedom of Information Foundation submitted a number of proposals to the Ministry’s draft order On the Procedure for Maintenance of the Register of Non-Profit Organizations Performing Foreign Agent Functions. Up to November 15, the draft document was published at the Ministry’s official website for public access and review.
On November 15, a seminar on the FOI law implementation issues for employees of municipal self-governance bodies was held in the FIF office in St.-Petersburg.
The deadline for submitting proposals for the first Action Plan of Russia as part of the Open Government Partnership is over. The Freedom of Information Foundation together with anti-corruption research center “Transparency International Russia” and the Pirate Party of Russia prepared a set of proposals that would promote the basic OGP principles and values including transparency and accountability of the government, citizen participation in decision making and the use of the most advanced technologies for achieving these goals. The proposals published at the Civil initiatives for the Open government website were taken into account.
The key principle is one of the OGP Grand Challenges, Increasing Public Integrity, or building trust between society and the state, because the lack of such trust is very acute in our country. This document was submitted the Government Commission for coordination of the open government.
On November 13, Alexander Amosov, FIF regional researcher in Kirov, took part in a workshop ICT Working for Senior People organized by the Kirov regional organization of the Znanie (“Knowledge”) Society.
On November 12, an information seminar titled What Should NGOs Know on Open Government took place in the St.-Petersburg Center for NGO Development. The Center organized it together with the FIF.
We present results of 2012 monitoring for appeal arbitration courts’ official websites. The monitoring was performed together with the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
On November 2, Ivan Pavlov, FIF Board Chair, took part in the Open Governance panel discussion of the Open Innovations Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development. The event participants discussed innovative approaches for state governance based on wide public participation, as well as problems of FOI, open data, and information accessibility vs. state secrecy balance in Russia.
Tatyana Tolsteneva, FIF Development Manager, and Evgeny Smirnov, FIF lawyers, also attended the event.