Openness Index is a result of an international survey, coordinated by the regional network of non-governmental organizations Action SEE. Within the project we analyzed the transparency of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, which, through a comprehensive comparison of five different factors (transparency, accessibility, integrity of deputies, efficiency of the National Assembly, open data), came out as second most open in the region. Although this result looks encouraging, there is still a lot of room for improvement – as far as the integrity of MPs is concerned, for example, we are in a disastrous penultimate place in the region.
In cooperation with the Organization for a Participatory Society and PIC - Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs, we prepared a survey on the transparency of Slovenian municipalities. We presented the results on a dedicated website, where people can easily check how their municipality fared and compare it with other municipalities with a similar population or budget. Generally speaking, the results are worrying and there is so much room for improvement that all mayors can immediately get their hands dirty.
Rental housing SOS
In cooperation with the Institute for Housing and Spatial Studies, we published a website that informs the future, current or past tenants about their rights. Information is presented in the form of answers to the most common questions. If they can't find the answer to their dilemma, users can also pose new questions. We also collect testimonies about tenants’ experience on the website and these reflect the catastrophic state of affairs and lack of any control over the rental market. The aim of the project is to fight against exploitation, capriciousness and unjust profits of landlords. We firmly believe that decent housing should be accessible to all.
Less than fair
On a cold December evening, social networks were flooded with outraged posts reacting to a memo from Hofer banning homeless people from selling their newspaper in front of its outlets. In doing so, they communicated to an already vulnerable social group that they are unwanted and should become invisible – just to provide their customers a holiday shopping experience without any bad conscience. We strongly oppose this kind of segregation, so called on the public to boycott Hofer and help the homeless.