Students from Babes Bolyai have created an interactive, comprehensive map which serves as a database for the local contact information of every senator and deputy in Romania (including the diaspora).
Partnering with RomaniaOne, the students compiled this information in one place as they aim to address a key issue in Romanian society: Dialogue between Romanian Citizens and their representatives in parliament.
Cine te reprezintă?
Localizează-ți senatorul sau deputatul în doar două clicuri. Fiecare colegiu include informațiile de bază pentru reprezentantul tău din Parlamentul României.
Într-o democrație funcțională, rolul cetățenilor este să ofere reprezentantului politic idei bine gândite pentru comunitate și să-l responsabilizeze. Înainte să-l judeci, întreabă-te: „Oare noi i-am arătat vreodată ce ne dorim?”
Sursa si mai multe informatii: aici.
The students helped address this issue by creating a single location to find their representatives local contract information. Often, Romanian’s feel their Senators and Deputies are out of reach, but this is not the case. It is mandatory for members of parliament to have weekly office hours in their constituency, however the problem is their office locations and hours are either unknown or difficult to find.
After researching the availability of the local contact information of Romania’s Parliamentarians, which is supposed to be public, it became apparent there was a real lack of transparency. The official government websites contained minimal, if any, local contact information, and similar NGO initiatives were focused on other useful applications pertaining to the Parliament.
The hope is Romanian’s will find these maps useful and will encourage more citizens to get involved in shaping the future of Romania. The information includes local offices, phone numbers, email addresses, and personal websites.
Besides contact information, they used the data to answer these three questions for every Colegiu in Romania:
1. Sunt de-ai noștri?
2. Am votat pentry ei?
3. Îi putem contacta?
The RomaniaOne maps and views were created for the sole purpose of helping citizens locate their representatives to initiate in frequent, respectful dialogue with their representatives, as this is a critical aspect of any successful democracy.