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Malta Mid-Term Progress Report 2015-2017

The majority of Malta’s fve commitments were not relevant to OGP values. Overall, the action plan lacked specifcity and ambition for making government more open. To make the next action plan more ambitious, the government could seek diverse input while developing the action plan and set up a multi-stakeholder forum for consultation.

This report was prepared by Dr. Neil Falzon in an independent capacity.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a voluntary international initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to their citizenry, to promote transparency, empower citizens, fght corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Malta began participating in OGP in August 2011. The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) carries out a biannual review of the activities of each country that participates in OGP.

The Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties (MSDC) is responsible for OGP in Malta, primarily since its responsibilities include dialogue with CSOs. MSDC’s OGP leadership is acknowledged by other public entities, yet there is no national legal authority for this responsibility. Malta lacks a permanent multi-stakeholder forum actively overseeing the development and implementation of the action plan.

OGP PROCESS
Countries participating in the OGP follow a process for consultation during development of their OGP action plan and during implementation.

During the frst action plan cycle, OGP found the country acted contrary to the OGP process as the country had not made progress on any of its commitments. The government had also not published a self-assessment report.

A small group of CSOs was involved in the early stages of drafting the second national action plan in Malta. Selected government entities provided useful feedback on pre-determined priorities. However, consultations were not organised online and, excepting initial consultation with CSOs during the drafting process, the government held no further consultations.

On 12 December 2016, Malta published a draft self-assessment report, inviting feedback from the public. The report was presented to OGP on 24 January 2017.

COMMITMENT IMPLEMENTATION
As part of OGP participation, countries make commitments in a two-year action plan. The Malta action plan contains fve commitments. The following tables summarize each commitment’s level of completion, potential impact, whether it falls within Malta’s planned schedule and the key next steps for the commitment in future OGP action plans. Similar commitments have been grouped and re-ordered for easier comprehension.

Note that IRM updated the star criteria in early 2015 in order to raise the standard for model OGP commitments. Under these criteria, commitments must be highly specific, relevant to OGP values, of transformative potential impact, and substantially completed or complete.

Malta did not receive any starred commitments due to both a lack of relevance to OGP values, and a lack of specifcity in most commitments.

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