Denmark wins Open Government Award

Denmark’s National Association of Senior Citizens Councils carried off a first prize at the international Open Government Awards 2014 in New York.

Denmark’s National Association of Senior Citizens Councils won a first prize at the Open Government Awards 2014, which is sponsored by Open Government Partnership (OGP). The Open Government Awards honour initiatives which contribute to promoting and disseminating transparency and citizen participation in political decision-making and public administrative practices.

The Danish winner initiative is a concrete example of the Danish politicians’ high ambitions for citizen participation and user influence. Moreover, the National Association of Senior Citizens Councils is a unique institution.

In Denmark, it is required by law that all municipalities facilitate the election of a senior citizens council, which must be consulted and involved in all decisions and initiatives affecting the elderly population. The senior citizen councils are elected by direct elections among citizens who are 60 years and older and act as a link between the elderly citizens and the local politicians.

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