Luxembourg Design Report 2019-2021
Luxembourg’s first action plan includes commitments on improving the transparency and openness of public administration, open data, and activities related to climate change. While most commitments reflect existing initiatives, several civil society proposals are included. Moving forward, Luxembourg could establish a formal multistakeholder forum to oversee the co-creation of the next action plan. Luxembourg could also consider commitments to strengthen whistleblower protection and enforce access to information legislation.
|Table 1. At a glance
Participating since: 2016
Action plan development
Action plan design
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. Luxembourg joined OGP in 2016. This report evaluates the design of Luxembourg’s first action plan.
General overview of action plan
Luxembourg enters its first action plan with strong legal frameworks around preventing corruption and protecting political rights and civil liberties. The first action plan includes commitments on open data and open administration, as well as supporting platforms for human rights. In 2019, there was a leadership change and responsibility for OGP activities passed from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) to the Ministry of State.
The co-creation process for the first action plan involved several consultation workshops organized by the MAEE, where participants discussed commitment proposals. The MAEE postponed the co-creation process due to national elections in October 2018 in order to assure political ownership of the action plan. Moving forward, the IRM researcher recommends establishing a formal multistakeholder forum to oversee the co-creation of the next action plan and developing an online repository to better document consultation meetings and stakeholder proposals.
Luxembourg’s first action plan includes commitments on open public administration, open data, and access to information on activities related to climate change. While most of the commitments represent existing government activities, two commitments were proposed by civil society organizations (CSOs): the creation of a CivicTech hub (Commitment 5) and supporting a platform for human right defenders (Commitment 6).
Table 2. Noteworthy commitments
|Commitment description||Moving forward||Status at the end of implementation cycle|
|Commitment 5: Exploring the establishment of a European CivicTech centre
Establish a European CivicTech hub to bring citizens and tech initiatives closer to the government and public institutions.
|The CivicTech hub aims to bring citizens and tech-related initiatives closer to the government and public institutions. Activities include searching for private and public sponsors to create the hub, establishing a digital platform, and accompanying civic startups strategies. Moving forward, the IRM researcher recommends ensuring government involvement in the creation of the CivicTech hub and linking the hub’s work to government policy and practices.||Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
|Commitment 6: Platform for civil society and human rights defenders
Support human rights defenders by building capacity and providing legal assistance through an online platform.
|This commitment involves organising national consultations on human rights and developing strategies to combat stigmatisation and prevent gender discrimination. Moving forward, the government could hold regular high-level meetings through the online platform to shape the government’s annual priorities supporting human rights.||Note: this will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
IRM recommendations aim to inform the development of the next action plan and guide implementation of the current action plan. Please refer to Section V: General Recommendations for more details on each of the below recommendations.
Table 3. Five KEY IRM recommendations
|Establish a multistakeholder forum to oversee the OGP process|
|Ensure future commitments include measurable outcomes that add value even if they build on pre-existing activities|
|Consider including commitments that foster civic participation, prioritising citizen initiatives|
|Consider including commitments that foster public accountability, with a focus on strengthening whistleblower protection|
|Ensure adequate implementation of the access to information law and strengthen CSO monitoring of enforcement|