New News :Al Badeel Center concluded the specialized training course on the interaction and experience exchange among the Jordanian and Palestinian youth in the field of political parties. Al Badeel Center In collaboration with Frederic Ebert concluded a workshop titled" Towards a compatible municipality law"

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Workshop on "Towards a compatible Municipality Law"

 

In collaboration with Frederic Ebert, Al Badeel Center for Studies and Research concluded a workshop titled" Towards a compatible municipality law" which ended with a set of results and recommendation regarding the powers of municipality councils and the internal bylaw of municipalities, as well as discussing decentralization and local governance of municipalities.

 The recommendations of the participants included the following:

-      Providing good environment to attract investors and provide incentives based on the contribution of the project in the value added;

-      Establishing projects, attracting capitals and preparing a suitable basis for economic growth. 

Moreover, the participant demanded to activate the surveillance rule of the concerned entities, enhancing transparency through accountability and credibility, with the need to provide reports that are supported with documents regarding the achievements of the mayors of councils, their projects, a list of the budget and quittance.

In addition, the participants concentrated on the importance of communication among the municipalities of the kingdom and Investment Encouragement Corporation to discuss the most important principles for attracting investment in those municipalities; with the need to establish development projects with the participation of civil society organizations; assigning specialized experts in feasibility fields, making field surveys for the status of the municipalities.

On the other hand, the recommendations focused on empowering women in the decentralization, enhancing the quota to insure women participation, deepening and increasing community awareness about the concept of decentralization, governance and rights and duties; enhancing the concept of citizenship; approving the quota in the municipal councils but not merely focus on the educational qualifications in the electoral systems.

The participants recommended the need to review the new proposals for the draft of municipality law, demanded to cancel the one vote system in the municipal and parliament elections, review article (41) of the draft law which relates to the powers of the municipal councils, with the need that the age of the nominee for elections not less than 30 years; speed in including development area and ASIZA under this law.

The recommendations emphasized on rejecting the domination of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on the councils, with the demand to cancel articles (10 and 10) which allow the minister to have power on the councils, since these councils are independent financially and administratively, and demanded to enable the municipality order the administrative governor but not to deal the problems as reactions through actual reliance on the municipalities.

Furthermore,  the participants demanded to impose additional fees on the companies located within the borders of municipality, due to the pollution they cause, which require resisting such pollutions on the expense of the municipality, where comes under the social responsibility of the companies; with the need to review the law or organizing and license of the cities and villages, and differentiate among cities and village; to implement more seminars and workshops with more participants of the citizens to implement this law; the need to establish partnership between the Ministry of Municipalities and the specialized entities such Investment  Encouragement Corporation and Association of Regional Development on putting the municipality law. The recommendation included the need to have a harmonic strong law to improve the financial resources; the need to train and qualify municipalities and coordinate with the concerned ministries and entities; propose project that serve the municipalities in all fields; exempting municipalities from the debts prior to passing the draft law; more focus on qualifying the members of the councils; focus on productive projects; reliance in experience, competency, culture and volunteerism; the need to study decentralization carefully prior to launching it; approval of the participatory budget in the municipalities; assigning experts to study the draft but the cadre of the Ministry; to keep anyone who can read and write as a member in the Parliament Council; linking the municipal elections with the parliamentary ones; the supervision of the Independent Commission for Elections shall be in accordance with a new structure and shall represent the civil society organizations to achieve integrity and transparency.

The participants urged the need that each municipality shall know its borders prior to passing this law; dissolve the inclusion of municipalities; establish a local governance council that is independent from the state; the law of elections shall insure relative representation by approving the open percentages; having a judicial control body to achieve justices and taking percentage and relevance for the population in the municipal representation into account.

It is worth mentioning that the was most significant persons in the workshop were former Municipality and Political Development (Shedada Abu Hdaid), the former Minister of Political Development Eng. Musa Al- Ma'aytah, the First Secretary of Hashd Party, Abla Abu Elba, Vice Secretary of the Ministry of Municipalities Eng. Marwan Al- Fa'ouri and PM Adnan Saw'ir, Chairman of the Committee for Labor and Development. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

العنوان : تلاع العلي /حي البركة - عمارة الهضاب رقم27 
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 حقوق النشر محفوظة مركز البديل للدراسات والأبحاث 2006