We consider the level of citizen participation in policy making as an indicator of the standard of democracy. Our aspiration is to more actively engage citizens in the political process and raise interest in elections and other forms of citizen participation. This can be achieved through clear and transparent procedures, which will guarantee the citizens the access to the institutions and through legitimate civic representation through various forms of consulting and control.
This is why we work to increase the civic control in the development process of the public policies, for the supremacy of law, freedom of speech, more morality in politics and in the non-governmental sector, for accountability and transparency in governance, for giving more authority and being more tolerant with the weaker members of the society.
We are guided by the understanding, that electoral participation is a major mechanism for civic control. It is important that the voters can make their decision who to vote for not based on emotions, but based on rationality – after getting familiar with the programs of the parties.
The Bulgarian School of Politics ‘Dimitry Panitza” supports the informative choice of the citizens through different initiatives and online means.
Citizen participation on all levels of decision making and public policy development is a guarantee for transparent and good governance. That is why, as an accent in our work we study the European experience in the area of active engagement of citizens in the decision-making processes in order to offer good practices and models for policy development.
We work for the protection of human rights and giving authority to the vulnerably social groups.
We believe, that the care for the weakest is a key value, tolerance criterion and for a democratic development.