It improves the decisions made by civil servants. They would need to inform, that is to say provide relevant information and expert assistance. Whenever they get asked questions, they must answer within seven days.

At the end of the day, they don’t make the decisions anyway, because Taiwan, like the UK, has an anonymous, professional civil servant system. They’re charged to provide the best solution they can think up, and the second best, and third best, and so on — but it’s up for the elected officials and the parliament to make decisions. That’s the Taiwan system. So the public servant’s role is the same, except that, of course, it’s provided not just for the elected officials anymore, but for the general public.

The elected official still has to see the consultation results of the general public and make the final decision. We’re not taking that part away. We’re just saying, between the professional civil servants who provides expert analysis, maybe they only knew half of the stakeholders. Maybe they didn’t actually know that much of the other stakeholders. This is a process to make them consider the impact along with everybody else.

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