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Participação e Transparência

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It is a policy that defines the creation of opportunities for citizen participation in federal government bodies and agencies. It was implemented by President Dilma through Decree 8.243 , 2014.
 
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From a past of occupying a secondary space in public administration and functioning only as a repository of complaints, the federal public ombudsman has now earned a pivotal position for encouraging popular participation and the strengthening of democracy.

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Today there are 35 national councils and five commissions, whose makeup includes significant representation by civil society. The Public Transparency and Corruption Combat Council, for example, created by President Lula, contains 20 members: eight from the executive branch and ten from civil society, as well as two invited public authorities.

The councils have the power to adopt guidelines in various sectors such as health, education, welfare, food security, economic and social development, youth, promotion of racial equality, women's rights, the elderly, children and teenagers.

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Previously, decisions that impacted the lives of millions of Brazilian citizens were taken exclusively by technicians and leaders of ministries. With Lula and Dilma, various channels of dialogue between government and society have been created, expanded and strengthened, such as councils, ombudsmen, forums and roundtable dialogues. Innovative policies were formulated after extensive public consultation.

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Even before the enactment of the Access to Information Act, the Brazilians already were able to follow, via the Transparency Portal, all expenses incurred by the federal government. In a single year (2013), the website, which is updated daily, received 11 million visits.

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In two years, there have been more than 200,000 requests for access to information. Of this total, about 98% were answered, and the average response time was just 13 days. The central philosophy of the law is: "Access to information is the rule; secrecy is the exception." The citizen does not need to justify the request. After all, the information belongs to society rather than the State.

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