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Improving Transparency of Information on Members of Parliament and Their Work (HR0018)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Croatia Action Plan 2012-2013

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Croatian Parliament

Support Institution(s): Conflict of Interest Commission (pertaining to the issue of asset records and decisions on conflict of interest for parliament members)

Policy Areas

Asset Disclosure, Conflicts of Interest, E-Government, Fiscal Transparency, Legislature

IRM Review

IRM Report: Croatia End-of-Term Report 2014-2016, Croatia IRM Progress Report 2014-2015

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Public Accountability , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Improvement of the content of the website of the Croatian Parliament Necessary resources: HRK 2 million Implementation indicators: Established technological solution for the website of the Croatian Parliament, such that it includes: regular and timely release of complete data on the voting by members of parliament, overview of voting on laws and acts with total votes and display for each member of parliament with their vote - for plenary sessions, record for the sessions of boards which should contain alphabetical lists of board member names and indications of how they voted, with information on who attending voting and in the case of voting in the manner that one member deposits his vote with the board chairperson, instead of voting during the time of concluding the discussion at the board, it is necessary to state that person's name, if such a case is stated in the record, information on the budget and expenditures of the Croatian Parliament, under information on individual members of parliament, provide insight into the asset record and decision of the Conflict of Interest Commission via a link to the website of the Conflict of Interest Commission (www.sukobinteresa.hr) where the asset records are provided, together with the Commission decision, with the obligatory note that the Parliament is not accountable for the content of that website. Lead institutions: Croatian Parliament Supporting institutions: Conflict of Interest Commission (pertaining to the issue of asset records and decisions on conflict of interest for parliament members) Start date: Not specified, End date: 31 December 2016

IRM End of Term Status Summary

9. Improving Transparency of Information on Members of Parliament and Their Work

Commitment Text: 9.1. Improvement of the content of the website of the Croatian Parliament

Necessary resources: HRK 2 million  

Implementation indicators: Established technological solution for the website of the Croatian Parliament, such that it includes:

  • regular and timely release of complete data on the voting by members of parliament
  • overview of voting on laws and acts with total votes and display for each member of parliament with their vote - for plenary sessions
  • record for the sessions of boards which should contain alphabetical lists of board member names and indications of how they voted, with information on who attending voting and in the case of voting in the manner that one member deposits his vote with the board chairperson, instead of voting during the time of concluding the discussion at the board, it is necessary to state that person's name, if such a case is stated in the record
  • information on the budget and expenditures of the Croatian Parliament
  • under information on individual members of parliament, provide insight into the asset record and decision of the Conflict of Interest Commission via a link to the website of the Conflict of Interest Commission (www.sukobinteresa.hr) where the asset records are provided, together with the Commission decision, with the obligatory note that the Parliament is not accountable for the content of that website.

Lead institutions: Croatian Parliament

Supporting institutions: Conflict of Interest Commission (pertaining to the issue of asset records and decisions on conflict of interest for members of Parliament)

Start date: Not specified   End date: December 2016

Commitment Aim

For the purpose of greater transparency of the Croatian Parliament, this commitment envisaged

steps to improve the Parliament’s website. A significant step forward was to be the publication

of members individual voting records after each plenary session as well as information on the parliamentary budget and expenditures. Furthermore, information about individual members of Parliament, their asset records, and possible conflict-of-interest decisions made by the Conflict of Interest Commission was to be made available on the website.

Status

Midterm: Complete

According to the self-assessment report, the Croatian Parliament already has established webpage technology which includes:

  • Regular and timely publication of complete data on MPs’ votes;
  • Review of an act’s voting process with total votes expressed for each MP—at the plenary session; and
  • Information on the budget and expenditures of the Croatian Parliament.

The report states that the Parliament plans to fulfil the remaining two implementation indicators (publication of all committee meeting minutes and the addition of links to the MP’s assets on the Commission for the Resolution of Conflict of Interest’s webpage) by the end of the action plan implementation period in December 2016.

The IRM researcher found that this commitment describes an activity (the publication of parliamentary information on the parliamentary website) that was already completed before the start of the action plan implementation period and does not represent a “stretch” in government practice. Therefore, while this commitment was evaluated as “complete,” it was found to have no potential impact.  

Did it open government?

Access to information: Did not change

Public accountability: Did not change

For the purpose of greater transparency of the Croatian Parliament, this commitment envisaged steps to improve the Parliament’s website. However, no additional information or changes were made to the parliamentary website, resulting in the commitment not having any impact on opening governmment. The parliamentary website already held all the required information before action plan implementation, excluding the publication of committee meeting minutes and links to the MP’s assets on the Commission for the Resolution of Conflict of Interest’s webpage. According to the draft self-assessment report, conclusions from every committee meeting are published in the committees’ reports, which are then published in real time on the website. The Parliament’s Secretariat states in the report that Croatian citizens are aware that all information on parliamentarians’ assets is published on the website of the Conflict of Interest Commission, making it unnecessary to publish the same information on the website of the Croatian Parliament. As such, this commitment had no potential impact and was not a “stretch” in the existing practice, affecting neither access to information nor public accountability. Additionally, the interviewed stakeholders[Note 51: The interviews were conducted in the period from September to October 2015. For more information, see the IRM midterm report.] found that no actual new improvement was made to the website. For instance, according to the comment sent by GONG in the public consultation phase for the 2014–2015 self-assessment report, this commitment was “not started.”

Carried forward?

The next action has not been drafted or released by the government in accordance with the OGP schedule. The IRM researcher suggests undertaking the following steps to increase the potential impact of the commitment:

  • Planning for inclusion of a “legislative footprint” for each MP, linked with lobbying activities in Croatia and in line with the planned preparations regarding legislation on lobbying (see commitment 14); and
  • Increasing the Parliament’s budget in order to mitigate the technological constraints for collecting and using available data.

Commitments

  1. Implementing Right to Information

    HR0026, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Fiscal Transparency

    HR0027, 2018, E-Government

  3. Political Finance Transparency

    HR0028, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Commercial Regulations of Companies Owning Local Governments

    HR0029, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  5. Transparency in NGO Project Finance

    HR0030, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Protection of Persons Reporting Corruption

    HR0031, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  7. Parliamentary Transparency

    HR0032, 2018, E-Government

  8. Media Regulations Framework

    HR0033, 2018, Civic Space

  9. Data Opening

    HR0034, 2018, E-Government

  10. Raising Awareness About Open Data

    HR0035, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Central State Portal

    HR0036, 2018, E-Government

  12. Public Consultations

    HR0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Implementation of Anti-Corruption Policies by NGOs

    HR0038, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  14. Local and Regional Open Government

    HR0039, 2018, E-Government

  15. OGP Sustainability

    HR0040, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. Right to Access Information Legislative Framework

    HR0010, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Improving the Implementation of the Right of Access to Information Act

    HR0011, 2014, Capacity Building

  18. Starred commitment Proactive Release of Information and Opening Data

    HR0012, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Fiscal Transparency

    HR0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  20. Starred commitment Improvements of Transparency and Efficiency in Public Administration Work

    HR0014, 2014, Capacity Building

  21. Improvement of Transparency of Election and Referendum Campaigns

    HR0015, 2014, E-Government

  22. Transparency in the Area of Youth Policy

    HR0016, 2014, E-Government

  23. Media Transparency

    HR0017, 2014, Civic Space

  24. Improving Transparency of Information on Members of Parliament and Their Work

    HR0018, 2014, Asset Disclosure

  25. Improving Transparency of Data on Assets of Officials

    HR0019, 2014, Asset Disclosure

  26. Starred commitment Improving the Consultation Process with the Interested Public in Legislative Procedures

    HR0020, 2014, Capacity Building

  27. Ensuring the Sustainability of Values and Content of the OGP Initiative

    HR0021, 2014, Capacity Building

  28. Starred commitment Participation in Drafting the New Anti-Corruption Strategy

    HR0022, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  29. Regulation of Lobbying

    HR0023, 2014, Capacity Building

  30. Improving Efficiency of the Ministry of Interior's Complaints Commission

    HR0024, 2014, Justice

  31. Promoting Civil Participation in the Work of Civil Society Organizations

    HR0025, 2014, Civic Space

  32. Improving the Content and Transparency of Budgetary Documents: Publish and Update the State Budget Proposal

    HR0001, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  33. Improving Transparency of Business Activity of the Companies of Special State Interest

    HR0002, 2012, Private Sector

  34. Making the Contents of All Budgetary Documents Understandable and Accessible to Citizens

    HR0003, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  35. Improving Accessibility of Local Budget Contents to the Citizens and the Public: Give Recommendations to Local Units to Publish Budget Documents

    HR0004, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  36. Starred commitment Improving the Legislative Framework for Exercising the Right of Access to Information: Amend the Act on the Right of Access to Information

    HR0005, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  37. Starred commitment Improving Access to Information on Expending Public Resources and Contents of Relevant Registers: Implementation of Acts on Political Activity and Campaign Financing

    HR0006, 2012, Civic Space

  38. Ensuring Transparent Work of Public Authority Bodies in the Service of Exercising Citizen Rights: Enhancement of Web Portal with Info on Exercising Rights

    HR0007, 2012, E-Government

  39. Starred commitment Setting up a System of Participatory Drafting and Monitoring of State and Local Budget Implementation: Public Discussions on Budget Allocation

    HR0008, 2012, Participation in Budget Processes

  40. Starred commitment Improving the Practice of Consulting the Interested Public in Procedures of Adopting New Laws: Amend Procedural Rules

    HR0009, 2012, E-Government