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IRM Regional Snapshot: Southern Europe

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This fact sheet was part of IRM Week: A Year in Review, where the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) shared findings and analysis from recent reports through a series of events, report launches, blogs, and fact sheets. 

Most commitments on open government from Southern European countries are more ambitious than the European average. However, most would benefit from commitments that increase civic participation in policy making, tackle the risks of corruption in public procurement (particularly following the response to COVID-19), and introduce stronger integrity mechanisms. Greater collaboration with civil society could ensure action plans are more relevant to national priorities.

  • Download the IRM Regional Snapshot* below to learn more.
  • Design reports for Italy and Greece are open for public comment.


*The data for this snapshot is accurate from the date of publication (Nov 3, 2020). Data was taken from IRM assessments that were published before the date of publication of this snapshot. Recommendations in this snapshot therefore may already have been considered or implemented by countries prior to this snapshot being published.


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Marisa Gutiérrez Reply

We are happy to share that on October 29, 2020, the Open Government Forum agreed to the IV Open Government Plan of Spain after a co-creation process in within the multistakeholder forum, including two public consultations and several deliberative workshops on citizen proposals and possible commitments.
This plan includes several lines of action taking into account previous IRM recommendations and people proposals.
Some of the commitments included are:
-the reform of the regulatory framework for transparency; a plan to improve transparency and accountability, with sectoral measures in the economic budgeting area, the public employment, or the commercial register ;
-a plan to improve participation and its footprint in regulatory development;
-the improvement of public integrity systems, the regulation of lobbies and the regulation of whistleblower protection;
-a communication plan of the principles, values and actions in Open Government;
-and, for the first time, a commitment that brings together the most outstanding initiatives in the autonomous communities and cities and the federation of local entities.
Thanks to all the people that made it possible!

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