Public councils are consultative, advisory, and supervisory authorities formed by ministries or other bodies directly subordinate to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; by local government bodies, national managing holdings, national holdings, national companies (hereinafter referred to as subjects of the quasi-public sector), except for state bodies specified in part two of Paragraph 1 of Article 1 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan «On Public Councils» (hereinafter - the Law), together with non-profit organizations, citizens.
The purpose of public councils is to express the views of civil society on socially significant issues.
The tasks of public councils are:
- to represent the interests of civil society and take into account public opinion when discussing and making decisions at the republican and local levels;
- to develop interaction between central executive bodies, local government and self-government bodies, subjects of the quasi-public sector, and civil society;
- to organize public control and ensure transparency of the activities of central executive bodies, local government and self-government bodies, and subjects of the quasi-public sector.
Public councils operate on the basis of the following principles:
- voluntary activity of its members;
Public councils formed by subjects of the quasi-public sector are authorized to:
- discuss draft strategies and development plans;
- discuss reports on the implementation of strategies and development plans;
- discuss results of financial and economic activities;
- develop proposals for improving the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan and submit them to state bodies;
- create commissions for their spheres of activity;
- approve Regulation on the Public Council;
- establish public control by means provided for by the Law.
Public councils acting on the republican and local levels are formed by working groups, the leaders of which are elected from among the members of the working groups representing civil society.
The number of representatives from a state body, a subject of the quasi-public sector in a working group may not exceed one-third of the total number of members of a working group. The members of the representative office are appointed by a head of a state body or a head of an executive body of a subject of the quasi-public sector.
The number of civil society representatives makes up at least two-thirds of the total number of members of the working group and is formed on the basis of applications from non-profit organizations and citizens.
The composition of a working group acting on the republican level is approved by the head of the relevant state body, the head of the executive body of the subject of the quasi-public sector; on the local level – by the secretary of the maslikhat of the corresponding administrative-territorial unit.
The list of members of the Working Group on the formation of the Golding’s Public Council
The list of members of the Holding’s Public Council