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DELTA 12 MARCH, 2004 We Have Programs, We Will Have Monitoring, However, the Education Leaves Much 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 meeting between 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 in Romania. For the time being it is implemented in six counties in the country, but, according to what GRASP Romania's representative, Ciprian Capanel said, 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 close collaboration between the administration and the civil society. According to the evaluations, the first two steps of the implementation of the project have been run so far. This means the setting up of a local working group, the drafting of an action plan, and the accomplishment of the monitoring system. GRASP Romania's representative, Ciprian Capalnea is currently 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], distributed leaflets 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 their opinions about the quality of the public sanitation service and on the management of waste in the municipality. CIEMD Tulcea is to centralize their opinions and will inform the local administration about the monitoring activity's results. GRASP monitoring aims at pointing out the role played by the owners' associations and counts on the best possible collaboration between the administrative services and the citizens. The program's intention is to "create a continuous image on the quality of the public sanitation services and of the waste 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 these features leave much to be desired at the moment. All the participants in the event unanimously agreed with him. "We must create a certain educational standard. The citizen must participate in events and must directly involve himself/ herself in the community's problems. He/ she must come with viable solutions . . .The citizen has

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accustomed himself/ herself only to raise problems. However, he/ she must also learn how to solve them, when it is possible to solve them. I take advantage of this opportunity to invite the citizens to make public their opinion about the method they prefer in relation with the collection of domestic waste," Mayor Constantin Mocanu said on the occasion of the yesterday meeting.

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