The following text was contributed by the Government of Romania.
Increase transparency, promote new technologies, and engage citizens – Romanian Government’s commitment
The Government of Romania adhered to the principles of the Open Government Partnership in 2011, committing to promote the transparency and the use of new technologies and to fight corruption in order to enhance the governance and dialogue with citizens.
The Romanian Government’s initiative also meets the strong signal given by the European Commission in December 2011, by presenting the recommended measures to increase transparency in public administration.
In April 2012, the Romanian Government has strengthened its commitment and, with the approval of the Memorandum on participation in the OGP, has taken on the 2012-2014 National Action Plan for the implementation of commitments.
Consulting with the civil society organizations revealed the need for the Action Plan to focus on providing information in an "open data" format and ensuring their free, primary, accessible, and reusable character. The public consultation also revealed the priority of the data that should be open to the public: the conduct of public procurement, the budgetary policy and the budget implementation by the government.
The Government’s goal is to fulfil the open government principles – promoting the governmental transparency, using new technologies to increase efficiency and to fight corruption, and increasing the civil participation in the public life.
Thus, the main measures of the National Action Plan 2012-2014 include:
- Increasing the public access to open data;
- Improving the delivery of public services in electronic format (e-government);
- Increasing the citizen participation in the decision-making process.
Each year, the governmental efforts will be aimed at identifying measures that can answer the major challenges: assuming responsibility, standardizing the procedures and maximizing results.
Romania's Letter of Intent to Join OGP: