The coordinating body for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) that will be responsible for monitoring the implementation of the OGP Action Plan met today in Stenbock House.
The coordinating body, which is comprised of representatives of the Government and non-governmental partners, was given a first overview of the implementation of the OGP Action Plan and of future plans. The coordinating body instructed those responsible for the implementation of activities to be more explicit in the activities and their objectives, so that the activities can be better focused and progress more accurately assessed.
The Secretary of State established the OGP coordinating body in September of this year. The coordinating body is responsible for monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the Action Plan 2014–2016, making recommendations to the participants and making decisions related to OGP. The coordinating body will also evaluate the implementation of the Action Plan and contribute to communicating the objectives of Estonia’s participation in the Open Government Partnership and the activities of OGP.
The coordinating body is chaired by the Secretary of State, Heiki Loot. The members of the body include Liia Hänni, e-Democracy Program Director at e-Governance Academy; Maris Jõgeva, Executive Director, Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations; Olari Koppel, CEO of the Estonian Cooperation Assembly; coordinator of the OGP round table Andrei Liimets from Open Estonia Foundation; Mait Palts, Director General of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Peep Peterson, Chairman of the Estonian Trade Union Confederation; Annika Uudelepp, Chairwoman of the Board of the Praxis Centre for Policy Studies; Norman Aas, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice; Veiko Tali, Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance; Leif Kalev, Secretary General of the Ministry of the Interior; Merike Saks, Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, and Alar Streimann, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The activities of the working group are organised by the Strategy unit of the Government Office.
On 12 June, the Government of the Republic approved the Open Government Partnership Action Plan 2014–2016. The Action Plan focuses on the openness of the policy-making process, budget transparency and the development of public services.
Estonia joined the Open Government Partnership in 2012; the Open Government Partnership now has 64 countries members. OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to promote good governance across the world by harnessing new technologies. Open government means exercising official authority honestly, transparently and in collaboration with citizens.
The countries that have joined the Open Government Partnership have made a commitment to adhere to the principles of open governance and develop, in cooperation with civil society, a concrete National Action Plan. The development and implementation of the Action Plan is monitored, both nationally and internationally, within the Open Government Partnership.
For further information about the Open Government Partnership, see: www.valitsus.ee/avp