Commitments

04 lobbying transparency

Country: Latvia
Action Plan: Latvia National Action Plan 2017-2019
Year Action Plan: 2017
 |  End Date: 6/30/2019

From the Action Plan

 
DECISION-MAKING PROCESS AND OPENNESS lobbying DECISION-MAKING PROCESS AND OPENNESS
lobbying
DEADLINE:
2017 2nd half - 2019 1st half
WHAT ARE THE STATE AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST ISSUES WHICH HELPS MEETING THIS
COMMITMENT?
Openness towards the public and the obligation to inform the public about its activities in the State Administration
Structure Law 29 defined public administration principles. Open and accessible to the public state institutions is a
prerequisite for good governance. Lack of transparency in decision-making undermines public understanding of the
work of state institutions and confidence in them.
An open and transparent decision-making process involves both public information about state institutions developed
and decisions, as well as their interpretation, giving the public the benefits and also the basis on which these
decisions are developed and adopted. Openness contributes to more robust, higher quality and more relevant
decisions in the public interest by reducing the risk that decisions are taken without an objective basis or a narrow,
unknown to the general public, interest affects.
The issue of transparency in the decision-making process is not sufficiently actualized as public administration and other state
bodies ethical and cultural issue. Promote discussion and understanding of the openness and reasoned decision of the role
and benefits of encouraging a change in attitudes, including greater tolerance of lack of openness.
Transparency in decision-making is an important issue - to ensure transparency in lobbying. Solving a
problem has its roots in 2008. MK 2008
28th July Order No. 435 "On the concept of" legal regulation of lobbying need Latvian '' 30 contained solution -
lobbying transparency guiding principles established at the national and local government code of ethics and to
amend the legislation. Since 2008, most state and local government code of ethics for lobbying transparency
guiding principles were included. However, they are more declarative and practical steps to ensure the
transparency of lobbying bodies are not made. This is largely due to the lack of understanding of what should be
considered as lobbying and lobbyists.
29 See: https://likumi.lv/doc.php?id=63545
30 The concept of "legal regulation of lobbying need to Latvian." View: http://polsis.mk.gov.lv/
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Amendments in accordance with that concept was necessary in the following laws and regulations: MK
March 6, 2007 Regulation No. 171 'Procedures by which Institutions Place Information on the Internet, provided by the Saeima' ',
the Cabinet of Ministers of 12 March 2002 Regulation No. 111 '' the Cabinet of Ministers Rules of Order '' Law '' On Local
Governments '' and the Criminal Law. Part of the amendment has been prepared, but none of them entered into force.
2017 June 9, the President Raimonds Vejonis established legal environment development commission seminar
"Lobbying regulation at Latvian" confirmed lobbying transparency momentum Latvian and the need to promote it.
Therefore, it was recommended OGP framework to build a platform for an open discussion on what has been
lobbying for, what are the related problems and to promote transparency in lobbying.
OECD Council Recommendation on lobbying transparency and integrity principles 31 OECD Member States on the following
requirements:
• to ensure that all interested parties a fair and equal access to public institutions in policy development and
implementation;
• lobbying legislation must be dealing with lobbying related to management shortcomings and in
compliance with each country's socio-political and administrative contexts;
• to provide an appropriate level of transparency to the public administration, citizens and business environment
have sufficient information on the ongoing lobbying and the public can exercise its supervisory function;
• promote integrity-based culture in public institutions and decision-making by providing clear rules
and standards of conduct for officials.
WHAT IS COMMITMENT?
Facilitate decision-making process in state institutions and lobbying transparency:
• identify key lobbying and its lack of openness the challenges of legislative and executive bodies
and the identification of various stakeholders vision of the solutions;
• raise awareness of transparency in the decision-making process, the decision and the reasons for explaining to the
public the introduction of common values and ethical principles in public administration.
HOW TO COMMITMENT will be introduced and the solution to these problems?
The commitment will be implemented by organizing a debate on lobbying and introducing measures providing information on
shared values and ethical principles in public administration, including transparency
31 OECD. "C (2010) 16 Recommendation of the Council on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying".
2010 View: http://acts.oecd.org/Instruments/ShowInstrumentView.aspx?InstrumentID=256&
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and information as to the basis on which decisions are made. Commitment to contribute to the transparency and integrity of public
administration aimed at cultural formation.
HOW TO MEET COMMITMENT OGP VALUES?
Commitment to comply with the OGP values - openness, accountability and public participation. Commitment
to provide greater public access to information, quality information, it is focused on greater public
accountability for the decisions taken.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Compliance with international obligations
• UN Sustainable Development 16.6. Sub "Developing an effective, accountable and transparent
institutions at all levels"
INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVES
1 Organize focus group discussions on lobbying transparency
01.01.2018. - 01.07.2019.
RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
State Chancellery and the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau
MEASURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RELEVANT PARTNERS
Center for Public Policy "PROVIDUS" Latvian
Free Trade Union

Lead Institution: State Chancellery and the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau


Support Institution: Center for Public Policy "PROVIDUS" Latvian Free Trade Union

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From the IRM Review

 

Overview

Design

Specificity

Not Reviewed
None
Low
Medium
High

Relevant to OGP values

Potential Impact

Not Reviewed
None
Unclear
Minor
Moderate
Transformative

Implementation

Completion at Midterm

Not Reviewed
Unclear
Not Started
Limited
Substantial
Complete

Completion at End of Term

Not Reviewed
Unclear
Not Started
Limited
Substantial
Complete

Results

Did it Open Government?

Worsened
Did Not Change
Minor
Major
Outstanding


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