12 MARCH, 2004
We Have Programs, We Will Have Monitoring, However, the Education LeavesMuch To Be Desired --
"We Must Set Up a Certain Educational Standard,"
Tulcea Municipality Mayor Declared.Yesterday, the conference room in the Palace of Children hosted the meetingbetween GRASP Romania's representative, the representatives of the owners'associations, and those of the public sanitation services in the Mayoralty.Tulcea Mayor Constantin Mocanu took part in the event.We would like to highlight the fact that GRASP concept is relatively new inRomania. For the time being it is implemented in six counties in the country,but, according to what GRASP Romania's representative, Ciprian Capanelsaid, the concept is to include approximately 30 counties at national level.Approximately a month ago, GRASP Romania briefed the representatives of the ministerial services in the municipality on the "American concept" of monitoring the public services' quality. The program relies on the closecollaboration between the administration and the civil society.According to the evaluations, the first two steps of the implementation of theproject have been run so far. This means the setting up of a local workinggroup, the drafting of an action plan, and the accomplishment of themonitoring system. GRASP Romania's representative, Ciprian Capalnea iscurrently running step number three of the public information campaign. He,together with Iosifescu Claudia, the coordinator of the Tulcea Center of Information and Education for the Waste Management [CIEMD], distributedleaflets that are meant to raise the citizens' awareness on the phenomenon.They also distributed monitoring cards among the owners' associations'representatives, through which the inhabitants of Tulcea could voice theiropinions about the quality of the public sanitation service and on themanagement of waste in the municipality. CIEMD Tulcea is to centralize theiropinions and will inform the local administration about the monitoringactivity's results.GRASP monitoring aims at pointing out the role played by the owners'associations and counts on the best possible collaboration between theadministrative services and the citizens. The program's intention is to "createa continuous image on the quality of the public sanitation services and of thewaste management," the municipality's mayor said.Tulcea Municipality Mayor has nevertheless made his meaning perfectly plain.On this occasion, he voiced his deep personal disappointment tied to the"good manners and the citizen's degree of civilization." He thinks that thesefeatures leave much to be desired at the moment. All the participants in theevent unanimously agreed with him.
"We must create a certain educational standard. The citizen must participatein events and must directly involve himself/ herself in the community's problems. He/ she must come with viable solutions . . .The citizen has