Part II

Elisabeta SLABU Ph.D., Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, Transparency – Condition for a Sound Administration in the European Region
For our current best interest, but even more importantly, for the future, all the states should accept the fact that involving the citizens in the public life plays a crucial part and it can only be carried out through a greater transparency and openness of the state authorities when it comes to making decisions. This can be achieved by informing the citizens about the project which are set to be implemented locally and nationwide, consulting them before adopting norms and regulations and last but not least, encouraging the civil society to take part in the decision-making process. Europe has long made various efforts in order to better ensure the transparency of the decision-making process, thus the documents approved by the Council of Europe and the European Union to this regard being numerous and extremely useful in preparing the building blocks for the improvement of national legislations. As a sound administration requires the state’s obligation to ensure the conformity of the public administration’s activity with the law, but also the effectiveness of its action, it could be stated that following the transparency principle in the public administration makes up for a fundamental condition of a modern and effective public administration.
 
Keywords: good administration, transparency, information, consultation, participation in the decision-making process

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