Read Developing a model for Open Government in the EU and recommendations from this project.

Open government – the opening up of government processes, documents, and data so as 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.

The Democratic Society has been commissioned by The Open Society European Policy Institute to carry out research to provide recommendations for the EU and its member states on successful open government practices at the national level that could be implemented at the EU level, thereby improving the openness of EU level government. We will be doing this by exploring open government initiatives, including the OGP, in the UK, Estonia and Romania. Demsoc will be leading on the work in the UK, while our project partners, the Center Public Innovation and Open Estonia Foundation will be leading on the work in Romania and Estonia respectively.

We will also be using this research to explore whether or not a case exists for the EU to engage with the OGP – and, if we conclude that it does, what this might look like.

If you are interested in this area and want to get in touch about our research, please email Mat on:


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