Municipalities must publish received petitions
From September 6, 2015, each municipality (also including the institution, the Parliament, the Senate or the municipal council) is obliged to publish on its website scans of petitions received and the date of its receipt and the information given to the applicant (unless agreed to this). Some municipalities, however, decided to treat it as a minimum and provide residents far more information about the petitions.
The two municipalities that have joined the Open Cities program, run by the Foundation ePaństwo, decided the guidelines of the law on petitions (Act of 11 July 2014). Seen as a minimum and within the framework of the current in these cities Policy Openness to offer its citizens added value.
The law imposes on municipalities that they must immediately publish on websites submitted petitions (Art. 8.1) and update information about the coverage opinions, the expected date and the manner of processing petitions (Art. 8.2)
City Hall in Gdansk has prepared a decree (Decree of the President of the City of Gdansk No. 1292/15), which set the date of placing further specified scan petitions (immediately, not later than within 7 days) and it was decided to publish not only the record of submitted petitions, but also answers to no.
City Hall in Starachowice – using the existing Electronic Document Circulation System – each petition decided to give the number of chancellery. This allows every citizen and resident will be able to easily check on the office what is the current status of the petitions.
From September 6, 2015 the residents are given the opportunity not only to proposals for changes in the law or to demand concrete action from their government but also a very good and clear tool to share knowledge and ideas with the management of municipalities. For municipalities is a unique opportunity to discuss with residents on submitted their proposals – so it’s a web page from the list of submitted petitions fall in a prominent place.
Both Gdańsk and Starachowice signed in 2015 Openness Policy, which assumptions are based on full transparency of municipal data and cooperation with citizens. Each municipality, interested in this type of policy can be contacted directly with the foundation ePaństwo that free help introduce standards for open data community.