Open Parliament Initiative soon will have its own dedicated page on Parliament’s website

Kyiv, 7 September 2016 – A regular meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Open Parliament Initiative was held after a new political season has started.

29652299845 497c5387ed oMPs and representatives of the Verkhovna Rada's Secretariat, international and Ukrainian non-governmental organizations attended the meeting.

The launch of the webpage "Open Parliament" as a separate section on the official web-portal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will become one of the milestones of the Initiative. The design and features of this webpage have been developed in cooperation with the Computer Systems Department of the Verkhovna Rada's Secretariat headed by Oleksii Sydorenko and with the participation of the Department's employees Iryna Roshchyna and Serhii Myronchenko. Natalia Vatamaniuk, coordinator of the Open Parliament Initiative, presented a test page during the meeting of the Monitoring Committee.

29571076981 18b73e4d34 oIn the webpage's main menu, users can read the latest news of the Initiative, study the analytical materials and publications of the NGOs monitoring and actively participating in the Open Parliament Initiative with regard to activities of MPs and parliamentary committees, their openness and accountability, monitoring instruments, and citizen participation in the work of the Verkhovna Rada. In particular the webpage will contain interactive maps of MPs' reception offices with a schedule and contact information, a table of non-personal voting of MPs, reports of MPs, financial reports of political parties, etc. In addition, it will be possible to register for a plenary meeting and a tour of the Parliament at the Initiative's webpage.

29652300455 d63d308476 oAt the meeting, Volodymyr Slyshynskyi, First Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada's Secretariat, stressed that the Verkhovna Rada is continuing to make progress towards e-parliament. He reminded that the system "Electronic Conciliation Council" was launched a few days ago. However, he considers it most important that MPs use new formats of work.

"It is like a car – you can buy it and then don't drive it," said Volodymyr Slyshynskyi. "An instrument has been developed, now it is up to the public, its activity and control, to see how it will be used." Therefore, it was decided to organize a training session for journalists and civic activists interested in this tool to demonstrate the functionality and capacities of the new system.

Ukraine's participation in events of the Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW) and the International Democracy Day was one of the key issues discussed at the meeting. Thus, under the framework of the international events, the Open Parliament Initiative will hold a conference "Open Parliament: Ukrainian Reality." The conference will take place on 15 September at the Ukrainian National News Agency "Ukrinform" at 8/16 Khmelnytskoho Street from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. In addition, a number of educational events with the participation of MPs and a Facebook flashmob #WhatsInRada are also scheduled for 20 September.