The Open Government Partnership and the European Union

Read our report: Developing a model for Open Government in the EU

The Democratic Society researched Open Government Partnership (OGP) work at national levels of government and made recommendations on how its principles could be applied to the European Union (EU) level. We also considered current measures in the EU, and analysed the case for the EU engaging with the OGP.

This work was commissioned by The Open Society European Policy Institute and work was carried out in partnership with the Center Public Innovation in Romania and Open Estonia Foundation.

Background

Open government – the opening up of government processes, documents and data to enable public scrutiny and involvement – is considered one of the cornerstones of a democratic society. The last decade has seen the development of many open government initiatives in many nations worldwide – from the open government data movement, through campaigns for – and in some instances, subsequent introductions of Freedom of Information legislation, through to increased opportunities for citizen participation in developing policy and legislation.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global initiative, which brings national governments and civil society organisations to work together to develop ways of increasing public participation in government and to make government more transparent and accountable. The UK has been involved since 2011, and many other countries in Europe and around the world are too.

 

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