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Second visit to the locations selected for Telecentres 

Period of the trip - 12-14 July 2003 

Locations visited 
- Frecatei – Braila county. The Local Council had been informed about the Telecentre project. The 
meeting with the mayor and the vice-mayor was very productive. Based on the discussion they decided that  the Telecentre will function in the same room as the Commune Library. The librarian should also be in  charge of running the Telecentre. Depending on the popularity of the Telecentre, it could be further transformed in an NGO with a special room in the Mayor’s Office building. 

The RITI dot-Gov legal Coordinator discussing with the Mayor in Frecatei the Telecentre legal aspects 

- Balasesti – Galati county. The Mayor presented us one of the persons that will work in the 
Telecentre. He is a public servant in the Mayor’s Office and running the Telecentre will be one of his 
attributions. They have also prepared a room in the Commune Cultural House situated right next to the  Mayor’s Office. The suggested initial schedule was that the telecentre should be open after 1600 o’clock. 
- Rebricea – Vaslui county. The Telecentre project was well received by the citizens. The Mayor will  prepare a room in the Mayor’s Office building. Also she has discussed the staffing issue with some young  volunteers and the Social Worker that knows how to use computers. 

Draxen village -commune Rebricea 

Common issues discussed: 

  • The intra-commune communication solution could be implemented with the help of the Local 
    Counsellors that should be responsible for the telephones situated in the villages. Since they were elected in the Local Council by the citizens of the villages, this task should be considered as one of their attributions and they will not need to be paid for that. 

  • A special Satellite link to connect to the Internet could be an interesting solution that is worth 
    considering in more details, especially in the communes where the Telecentre, the Mayor’s Office and the  School are not so far one from each other and they all need Internet access. Further documentation on this  subject will be done in the next weeks. 

  • Some publicity needs to be made within the commune, but also outside it in order to promote the Telecentre and its services. In the commune the best way of doing that will be the creation of a leaflet with information on the Telecentre services and benefits for the citizens. 

  • For setting up the framework of the collaboration between RITI dot-Gov and the selected communes an agreement should be signed by the 2 parties. The Agreement should underline the scope of the project, the responsibilities of the parties and the non-profit character this activity must have.

  • All the communes adopted the same position on the legal status of the Telecentre. It should be set up initially as a special unit within the Mayor’s Office or Local Council scheme. Then, depending on the popularity and the complexity of services offered by the Telecentre, it should turn into an NGO. However, they would need more information on non-governmental organizations.

  • Different methods of payment for the services were discussed. Preferably, it should be made in cash, directly after using the service. Pre-paid cards could also work in some cases.

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