New Proposals for Developing an Action Plan of the Partnership for Open Government BiH Agreed

Open Government Partnership is an international initiative launched in 2011, in which all member states are commited to making progress in the areas of transparency, encouraging citizens' participation in governance, fight against corruption and the introduction of new technologies.

The meeting was initiated by an informal network of NGOs that advocate for BiH's participation in the global initiative Open Government Partnership (Transparency International BiH, Center for Social Research Analitika, Public Interest Advocacy Center, Association "Why not", Center for Investigative Reporting), and was attended by representatives of public institutions, as well as representatives of other NGOs from BiH.

The participants of the meeting discussed the key priorities in the field of openness of government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as concrete measures and activities of public institutions that need to be undertaken, in cooperation with civil society, in order to improve the transparency of government and increase citizen participation in decision-making processes in the matters of public interest.

Therefore, concrete activities and priorities were formulated, such as launching of central web portals for the publication of open data in BiH, the establishment of online platforms at the BiH and entity levels for consultations in the process of drafting laws and regulations, and improving the implementation of the Law on Free Access to Information at all levels of government.

All proposals are available and open for comments on the Open Government Partnership BiH website. On this site, all interested parties can register to participate in the next meeting for formulating proposals for drafing of the OGP Action Plan of BiH. The next meeting will be held on September 18, 2015 in Sarajevo, with special focus on fiscal transparency, the work of public enterprises and integrity plans, among other topics.