The Prime Minister has recently approved a scheme to intensify the public communication about policies that are likely to exert great impacts on the society in the law-building process in the 2022-27 period.
Under Decision 407/QD-TTg, it is expected that 70 percent of policies that possibly exert great impacts on the society rolled out this year will be available for public opinions by drafting agencies from the stage of proposal of legal documents until they are approved for promulgation.
This rate is hoped to increase to 100 percent from 2023, according to the scheme.
The scheme is expected to be implemented nationwide and applicable to all draft policies that satisfy the following conditions: (i) being set forth in legal documents required by the Law on Promulgation of Legal Documents to be proposed before their drafts are compiled, except those classified as state secrets; (ii) having direct impacts that may give rise, change or terminate rights and obligations of the people, organizations and enterprises; (iii) being considered as sensitive issues of social concern or subject to divergent opinions; and (iv) exerting impacts on the whole country or whole provinces or centrally run cities.
To achieve the above targets, it is required to improve the awareness and sense of responsibility of all levels and sectors about the role of public communication about draft policies; improve policies and institutions on public communication about draft policies; and promote the proactive role of drafting agencies, organizations and persons in the dissemination of draft policies.
The scheme also urges enhanced direction and monitoring by the Central Council for Coordination in Legal Dissemination and Education as well as provincial-level councils for public communication about draft policies.- (VLLF)