System of lists of government powers
Lists of government powers are those that catalogue the functions and powers of China's executive branch at different levels. These lists are available for public scrutiny.
At its Third Plenary Session in November 2013, the 18th CPC Central Committee decided to put in place a transparent system whereby the powers of local governments and their departments are catalogued so as to ensure that these powers are exercised according to the law. At its Fourth Plenary Session in October 2014, the 18th CPC Central Committee decided to further implement the transparency initiative in order to eliminate any room for personal profiteering.
This initiative is crucial to China's effort to upgrade its governance system and capacity. It is designed to ensure that no public authority exercises or assumes any power that is not granted by law.