“Creating an open governance process requires a larger commitment and a more engaged dialogue between the government, civil society, citizens and the private sector. Having an efficient administration can drive a better communication between public institutions, civil servants, and other stakeholders,” according to an evaluation report published by the Romanian government, which will form the basis of its second OGP Action Plan (2014-2016).
The report is also aimed at delivering a snapshot of the achievements of the first National Action Plan and analyses whether the government’s commitments have been fulfilled during the two-year implementation of the plan. Globally speaking, to prepare its second Action Plan, Romania has re-evaluated its priorities to implement or reorganise commitments. “To prepare the National Action Plan, lessons learnt from the implementation of the Action Plan 2012-2014 have been used and they have also been augmented by recommendations from an independent OGP report and priorities elaborated though collaboration between the government and civil society”, the report states.
A re-evaluation of priorities
Commitments in the 2014-2016 plan were also opened to public consultation. Following this, “unachieved commitments will be re-examined and some of them will be abandoned. Consequently, this plan contains revised measures of the former plan and also provides new and more targeted commitments, with clearer measures and objectives”, the report says.
The 2014-2016 plan will be focused on four areas of commitments:
- Increasing transparency and the efficiency of public administrations;
- Increasing the number and enhancing the quality of open data published by public institutions;
- Reinforcing training on open data;
- Promoting OGP’s principles and the concept of open data, and making information more accessible.
The report also concludes that a higher level of citizen participation and a more global communication plan are also required to promote dialogue. Participation and the development of services (based for example on Open Data) can be stimulated through a more involved administration.