Transparency, access to public information and rules of good governance should be the cornerstones of all political action.
Only when the action of public officials is subject to scrutiny, when citizens can know how decisions are made that affect them, how public funds are handled or under what criteria our institutions act can we talk about the beginning of a process in which the public authorities begin to respond to a society that is critical, demanding and that demands the participation of public authorities.
The first motion I took to the Plenary Session of the City Council as soon as I took the act replacing the councilor of the Citizens Totana party as number 2 of the electoral list, -although I did not participate in that party at the time of taking the minutes-, it was in June 2017 on the transparency law https://www.boe.es/buscar/doc.php?id=BOE-A-2013-12887, one of the most important points - I think - of the program that this political party presented in the municipal elections of 2015 and of which I took a very active part before my expulsion.
By that electoral time, all the parties were torn the clothes and defended the fulfillment of this law to coat and sword.
Motion that was approved by absolute majority of all political groups and that to comply was marked a deadline of seven months that ends this month.
Although already on December 10, 2015 the two-year term that required the City Councils to have published and updated on their websites a multitude of data facing the citizen had been met.
The transparency law establishes that "all information will be understandable, easy to access and free of charge", forcing the establishment of "adequate mechanisms to facilitate accessibility, interoperability, quality and reuse of published information as well as their identification and location. ", Since it would be contrary to the very spirit of the Law for information to be" half hidden ".
By way of example and that it does not stop having its certain grace, is that if a citizen is interested in knowing the members of the local corporation, he goes to said section and discovers that this Councilman, literally, does not exist.
I know that I saw recently what I perceive by the plenary sessions and my declaration of assets but I promise that when I enter today, I have not been able to locate this information again.
Imagine people who are not cured of computers trying to find information of interest.
Apart from the difficulty to access data quickly and effectively, as established by law.
There is nothing published today for example about:
- Urban agreements.
- The total remuneration of the rest of the personnel hired in any of its categories.
- Statistical information on quality of services and degree of compliance with them.
- The inventory relationship of municipal properties.
- Accounting information on: States of execution of the budget.
Of all the information that should appear more than 45% is not published and another part incomplete, without updating to the current month or is not easily located in general lines.
More or less as he was seven months ago.
One of the main arguments that was wielded to me and for which this law had not been able to be carried was the economic one.
The Local Government Board has again awarded the commercial "Avatar Internet, SLL", the technical orders of the webs of the town hall.
Said contract clearly establishes the conditions offered that, under the guidelines that the City Council uses through its responsible, the municipal computer engineer, must be carried out.
We go, that by technical, economic means and of personnel in charge of carrying them out it seems that they are not to day of today nor of "yesterday", the problems with which the political people in charge are to enforce the law.
The municipal budgets have been endowed in recent years with the necessary items of taxpayer money for this.
Logically the ultimate responsibility for this flagrant breach of the law by the local bipartisan government, can not be attributed in any way to the municipal computer staff, or the company responsible for maintaining these municipal websites.
But to the local government itself, which has once again abandoned functions and has not known, wanted or worried about coordinating the different councils and departments to periodically provide the documentation to the technical staff in charge of posting it on the website of the town hall.
And we're going for four years of non-compliance.
It does not stop calling me the attention that without being already in the political party that presented the list in which I figured -one thing is the party and another the list and the people that compose it-, even so I am trying to carry out fundamental parts of the program by which I appeared on that list and enforce the laws and the ruling political parties themselves are not complying neither with the law nor the program by which they were presented and what is even more serious, nor comply with the government what they themselves vote in an ordinary plenary session.
The independent Councilor
D. Juan Carlos Carrillo Ruiz.
Source: Juan Carlos Carrillo