From Open Government to Open State
Moderator: Mr. Rolf ALTER, Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development, OECD • Mr. Jean-Vincent Placé, Minister of State Reform and Simplification, French Republic • Ms. Ana Gabriel Zúñiga APONTE, Deputy Minister of the Presidency for Political Affairs and Citizen Dialogue Costa Rica • Ms. Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman • Mr. Simon BURALL, Director, Involve • Mr. Unai REMENTERIA, President, Provincial Council of Biscay, Spain
Implementation of open government - Roundtable
Dec. 8 2016 09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Palais d'Iéna - Ventejol
Simultaneous translation: Français-English-Español
In a context of complex socio- economic challenges faced by countries, open government has become a tool to achieve broader policy objectives, rather than being an end in itself. The OECD Report "Open Government: The Global Context and Way Forward" reveals that countries are increasingly acknowledging the role of open government reforms as catalysts for good governance and inclusive growth and that open government principles are at the core of the relationship between governments and their citizens, making it more dynamic, mutually beneficial and based on reciprocal trust. On the basis of the findings of the OECD Report, the roundtable will among other discuss the main implications for all stakeholders involved in open government reforms. Translating the suggested policy recommendations into feasible country-tailored reforms will be at the core of the discussion among high level policy makers, representatives from civil society and the European Ombudsman Office. According to evidence collected by the OECD, a single open government strategy which aligns the scattered initiatives constitutes the basis for this implementation process. Such mainstreaming of open government initiatives provides a way to improve social well-being, the quality of democracy and ensure inclusive growth and work towards more effective policies, better targeted services, and stronger accountability. Nevertheless, open government reforms should not be restricted to the Executive branch only. An increasing number of countries, including Costa Rica, are moving from the concept of open government to what the OECD has termed an "open state". Participants will discuss this shift, which consists of promoting a broader collaboration between all key actors of national open government agendas, including the legislative and the judiciary branches, independent institutions like the Ombudsman, and sub-national levels of government. While acknowledging each institution’s independence, the objective is to create synergies to improve the overall impact of their initiatives. In this context, the Roundtable will benefit from the participation of high-level representatives from France, Costa Rica, the Province of Biscay, Spain and the European Union's Ombudsman Office as well as the UK NGO "Involve" to discuss the findings of the Report on approaches to best leverage the voice of civil society throughout the discussion. Eventually, the session will assess the role of sub-national governments, which have for many years carried out the most iconic examples of open government practices. A high-level OECD official will moderate the session.
As part of the Open Government Partnership Global Summit the OECD will launch the OECD Report on “Open Government: The Global Context and Way Forward”, covering more than 50 countries worldwide. The Report provides an in-depth analysis of open government strategies and initiatives and the challenges countries face in implementing and co-ordinating them. It explores new trends in OECD member countries as well as a selection of countries from Latin America, MENA and South East Asia regions. The Roundtable will discuss among others the future areas of open government identified in the Report, including the effort to mobilise and engage all branches, all levels of government and independent institutions to move from open government to open state, the importance of close co-operation with civil society as well as the growing importance of subnational governments to implement successful open government reforms.
OECD Open Government
The OECD has been at the forefront of international efforts to promote the open government agenda for more than 10 years. In close co-operation with its member and partner countries, the OECD provides a forum for the exchange of best practices to effectively implement open government reforms worldwide. The OECD publishes detailed country assessments with culture-tailored recommendations, so called OECD Open Government Reviews, in OECD member countries, Latin America, the MENA region and South East Asia. In order to facilitate policy dialogue and the sharing of good practices, the OECD has established Networks on Open and Innovative Government across the world, which unites policymakers to discuss regional trends and challenges to effectively implement an open government policy.