Municipal Public Hearings
The Municipal Public Hearings were implemented through Municipal Organic Law 3966/10 of 2010. Further regulation in 2016 specified the purpose and character of the hearings. Thus, beginning in February 2017, the executive body of the municipalities must convene a yearly public hearing no later than the first half of February. The purpose of these hearings is to buttress accountability. Public officials have to give accounts on the results of the management and explain the public works carried out, investments made, funds received, expenses done, tenders, and other information that allows citizens to evaluate the municipal management.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- embedded in the constitution/legislation
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- democratic innovation yields no decision