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The Open Government Action Plan focuses on public services, engagement and transparency

28. April 2014 - 17:41
Preparatory meeting on the Open Government Action Plan 2014–2016. Stenbock House, 17 April 2014. Photo: Government Office
Preparatory meeting on the Open Government Action Plan 2014–2016. Stenbock House, 17 April 2014. Photo: Government Office
The responsible body for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan in Estonia is the Government Office. The Action Plan 2014–2016 focuses on the development of public services, engagement in the process of policy-making and budgetary transparency.
 
The new government that took office in March 2014 has stressed the need to make Estonia’s government more open. The coalition’s Action Plan entrusts the coordination of the OGP to the Government Office.
 
The new Action Plan is scheduled for submission to the OGP Support Unit by 15 June. The Government Office will organise the development of the Action Plan and submit the draft Action Plan for public consultations in May.
 
The Government Office invited the following parties to the preparatory meeting on the Open Government Action Plan: representatives from the Open Government Partnership Round Table, Network of Estonian Non-profit Organizations, Foundation Estonian Cooperation Assembly, Praxis Centre for Policy Studies, Estonian Employers’ Confederation, Estonian Trade Union Confederation, Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the chancellors of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and Ministry of the Interior.
 
Upon completion of the Action Plan, a coordinating body for implementation of the plan will be established.
Estonia joined the Open Government Partnership in 2012. To date, 63 countries have signed up to the Open Government Partnership. 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 partnership with citizens.
 
The countries that have joined the Open Government Partnership have made a commitment to adhere to the principles of open governance and to deliver a National Action Plan with concrete open government reform commitments developed with public consultation. The development and implementation of the Action Plan is monitored, both nationally and internationally, within the Open Government Partnership.
 
The main purpose for joining the OGP is to direct the attention of public administration and society as a whole to the quality of government, and to learn from and share each other’s experiences.
 
The first OGP Action Plan (2012-2014) focused on the activities of the Government of Estonia in two key areas of partnership: the development of public services and the promotion of public service ethics. The report on the implementation of the Action Plan is accessible here. An international assessment of the implementation of the Action Plan is accessible here.
 
For further information about the Open Government Partnership see www.opengovpartnership.org and about the development of the Action Plan see www.riigikantselei.ee/en/open-government-partnership.