Czech Republic Design Report 2018-2020
- Action Plan: Czech Republic Action Plan 2018-2020
- Dates Under Review: 2018-2020
- Report Publication Year: 2020
The Czech Republic’s fourth action plan was developed through an open and consultative process but did not gain sufficient visibility to reach a wide spectrum of actors. The commitments mainly derive from existing government programs and are focused on transparency of the justice system and opening up education data. Given the priorities of civil society, the next action plan could prioritize more transformative actions on civic participation, judicial transparency, and whistleblower protection.
|Table 1. At a glance
Participating since: 2011
Action plan development
Action plan design
Action plan implementation
*DIOG: Did it Open Government?
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global partnership that brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive, and accountable. The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) monitors all action plans to ensure governments follow through on commitments. The Czech Republic joined OGP in 2011 and has since implemented three action plans. This report evaluates the design of the Czech Republic’s fourth action plan.
General overview of action plan
The Czech Republic’s multistakeholder forum was expanded in 2018 to comply with OGP’s Participation and Co-Creation Standards. It is now composed of 18 members, evenly balanced with representation from government and civil society. The development of the fourth action plan was an open and consultative process, but it lacked sufficient visibility to reach a wider spectrum of stakeholders.
Commitments in the fourth action plan largely derive from existing government strategies. Despite some awareness raising on whistleblower protection, the action plan does not commit to pass the whistleblower protection law. Overall, the action plan focuses on transparency measures and falls short of commitments that could foster civic participation and public accountability.
Two of the eight commitments focus on improving transparency of the judiciary, which partially responds to the public demand for greater transparency of the justice sector. Half of the commitments in the action plan concern publishing open data statistics and other information related to the functioning of the education system.
Table 2. Noteworthy commitments
The IRM recommendations aim to inform the development of the next action plan and guide implementation of the current action plan.
Table 3. Five KEY IRM Recommendations
|1. Elaborate a long-term open government strategy. Discuss a strategy to identify new areas for commitments, to ensure that the OGP agenda matches the country priorities and can produce long-term results.|
|2. Continue efforts in opening the court system. Given demonstrated public concerns with the independence of the judiciary, the next action plan needs to continue efforts on judicial transparency and prioritize open justice reforms.|
|3. Commit to adopt the whistleblower protection law, creating protections for whistleblowers in line with the newly adopted EU Directive.|
|4. Facilitate the debate on the reform of access to information. The MSF could facilitate the debate on amendments to the access to information legislation, and the introduction of an oversight body.|
|5. Promote a further push for open data. Opening data in the areas of environment or transport could be an important next step.|