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Coordinating body for Open Government Partnership wishes to improve the information accessibility of policy-making

6. January 2015 - 18:18
The coordinating body for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) that met today in Stenbock House wishes to improve the formulation stage in policy-making to enhance information accessibility.
 
The discussions among the coordinating body, which is comprised of representatives of the Government and non-governmental partners, mainly focused on the possibilities for the stakeholders to take part in the early stage of policy-making. The coordinating body considers it necessary to consult with the round table of legislative directors and other related parties on how to implement the formulation stage in policy-making and legislation more widely and effectively.  
 
The coordinating body reviewed the examined paragraphs of the OGP Action Plan 2014–2016 that was submitted to them. The approved examinations will be published on the Government Office homepage.
 
The Secretary of State established the OGP coordinating body in September of last year, and it is comprised of representatives of the Government and non-governmental partners. 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.
 
In 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 participating countries. 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 
 

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