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Katju holkeri finnish-ogp_action_plan_261113

  1. 1. Finnish OGP Action Plan
  2. 2. Finland joined the OGP in order to get a new boost to her continuous work towards active citizen participation and open government. Finland’s first Action Plan was drafted “as openly as we were able to” as Ms. Katju Holkeri, financial counsellor in the Ministry of Finance and chairman of the OGP working group has expressed. The working group is a mix of civil society and civil servants. When drafting the Action Plan several open workshops to all citizens with video-streaming and twitter-feedback were arranged. Discussion forums and crowd-sourcing were used. Members of the working group even occupied a large shopping mall one Sunday and attracted the attention of citizens with free coffee to discuss open government and barriers to citizen participation. The cross-cutting theme of the Finnish Action Plan is citizen’s participation. Our commitments cover four working-areas: Open Procedures, Clear Language, Open Knowledge and Government as an enabler. The commitments in the first three categories are mainly actions that government has to implement. As for the fourth area, the main actor is civil society. The implementation of Finnish Action Plan started on the first of July 2013. So far work on most of our commitments has started. Clear Language as a working-area has stood out as a critical enabler of open government.
  3. 3. Open Government Partnership  OGP was launched 2011  Transparency, efficiency, accountability  8 founders, now 62 members  Finland joined in April 2013  Implementing the Finnish Action Plan started in 1.7.2013 14.11.2011 3
  4. 4. Principles of Open Government in Finland        Citizens Rights Openness Accountability Coverage Consolidation Resources Evaluation and continuous development 14.11.2011 4
  5. 5. Open procedures  Enhancing the openness of preparatory processes  Emphasizing dialogue skills in the job descriptions of civil servants  Strengthening proactive publishing and communication  Promoting participatory budgeting  Increasing openness and customer orientation in ICT and e-services development Increasing the number of open and online meetings 14.11.2011 5
  6. 6. Clear language  Standard language titles and resumes will be drafted of the Government proposals.  Visualization of decisions  Training will be organised for civil servants in use of clear language and plain language including committing to use of terms already known.  The comprehensibility of the texts produced by public administration will be tested together with citizens and service users.  Standardizing and clarifying the terms and concepts used in public administration and service production.  The comprehensibility of customer letters and decisions will be enhanced, especially when using standard texts. 14.11.2011 6
  7. 7. Open knowledge  Opening and publishing new data and changing existing open data into a machine-readable form.  Clear terms for use of for open data and knowledge  Strengthening skills needed to understand combining privacy and open data and strengthening the citizen’s right to his/her own personal information “the right to be anonymous” 14.11.2011 7
  8. 8. Government as an Enabler  Tearing down barriers of action of the civil society  The proactive presence and accessibility of civil servants  Providing tools and training to organizations 14.11.2011 8
  9. 9.  kakkukuvs 14.11.2011 9