Zagreb, April 16, 2020 – The latest survey from the Voices of Entrepreneurs, Glas Poduzetnika, focuses on transparency in public institutions.
After the implementation of measures to save the economy and job posts in the private sector, we can also see initiative aimed at the transparency of information about the users of these measures. Glas Poduzetnika supported this initiative immediately, considering the idea that transparency is crucial on all levels and in all sectors. Moreover, we suggested right away that in the spirit of openness, taxpayers should have visibility on how the money they sent to the state budget is expedited, as well as the expenditures in all other public institutions, businesses, chambers, communities, among others. We asked a question, Do you think that the expenses of all state institutions, state-owned enterprises, units of local government, chambers, communities, and associations funded from the state budget and trade unions should be transparent and accessible to citizens online?
The responses we received from an almost record number of participants are nearly unambiguous:
In total, more than 99% of participants believe that transparency is crucial and should be introduced. A direct response “Yes” gave just under 73% of participants, and just under 23% of them agreed that transparency is necessary, also adding the Church among mentioned institutions, which, in their opinion, should function transparently. Only a negligible percentage of people, 0.2%, believed that transparency was not necessary.
Do you want transparency?
Yes, data should be publicly available
Yes, including the Church
No, it’s their thing
I’m not sure
Given such precise results, we hope that the initiatives that will allow this will also start with work as soon as possible. It is good that we also have some examples of cities that have already self-initiated such measures, and shortly after achieved significant savings in their budgets.
You can follow the latest from the Glas Poduzetnika Association on Facebook.