Democracy in one mouse click: a year of electronic petitions in Ukraine

The panel discussion on the topic “Democracy in one mouse click: a year of electronic petitions in Ukraine” took place on September 15, 2016 in Ukrinform.

We advise you to watch the video, because the organizers managed to bring officials in charge of implementing the petition system on the part of government, expert community and non-governmental organizations together around one table.

Most of the talk centered around e-petitions as the Administration of the President was the first in the country that launched the e-petition service just over a year ago. Afterwards, the initiative was supported by the Supreme Council of Ukraine and Kyiv City Council. The Eastern Europe Foundation presented information on the experience of implementing e-petition system at the level of cities, district and regional councils that were obliged to provide citizens with the right to submit e-petitions according to the legislation. In the course of EGAP program, being implemented by the Eastern Europe Foundation and partners and sponsored by the Swiss Confederation, we helped to develop and implement the system in more than 70 cities.

Participants: Viktor Liakh, President of the Eastern Europe Foundation; Bohdan Nahailo, representative of Democracy Reporting International (the democracy promotion office, DRI); Serhіi Loboiko, Derector of the Center for Innovations Development (CID); Dmytro Shymkіv, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Executive Office of the President of Ukraine on the issue of implementing administrative, social and  economic reforms; Pavlo Kyshkar, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, an initiator of the Law of Ukraine “On Applications of Citizens Regarding Electronic Application and Electronic Petition”; Ihor Khatsevych, chief of administration in the Secretary, Kyiv City Council; Yevhenіi Poremchuk, coordinator of the project “Smart City”; Dіana Dovhan, an initiator of the petition “The Role of Technical Schools and Colleges in the Educational System of Ukraine”, addressed to the President of Ukraine; Bohdan Bernatskyi, Junior Legal Adviser, DRI; Mykhailo Tіtarchuk, Deputy Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (tbc); Mykola Shevchuk, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Supreme Council of Ukraine; Volodymyr Pavliuk, representative of the Open Cities Association, national moderator of “The Unified System of Local petitions”; Andrіi Zablotskyi, moderator on the site of electronic petitions to the President of Ukraine; Holda Vynohradska, an initiator of the petition “To protect Professional Education in Ukraine”, addressed to the Supreme Court (video attachment).

Experts’ community raised hot-button issues, thereby requiring the representatives of the central executive and legislative authorities to answer the following questions:
1. What legislative requirements are established on national and local level in Ukraine for successful submission of e-petition?
2. Why does not a successful e-petition provide for the compulsory decision-making that will satisfy its demands?
3. What happens after е-petition reaches the required amount of signatures?
4. How can government entities use the е-petitions?
5. What risks does е-petition bear?
6. What is the significance of NGO for consolidation of citizens for the purpose of supporting their interests?
7. What can we learn from foreign practices in electronic democracy?

Prepared on the basis of materials by the link – http://www.ukrinform.ua/rubric-pressconference/2080477-start-nacionalnogo-proektu-