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Improving Transparency of Data on Assets of Officials (HR0019)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Croatia Action Plan 2012-2013

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Conflict of Interest Commission

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Asset Disclosure, E-Government

IRM Review

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

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

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

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Computerisation of the work of the Conflict of Interest Commission Necessary resources: HRK 300,000 Implementation indicators: Through the computerisation of the work of the Commission, tools will be developed allowing the interested public to more easily access information on the assets of officials. Lead institutions: Conflict of Interest Commission Supporting institutions: None specified Start date: Not specified, End date: 30 June 2015

IRM End of Term Status Summary

10. Improving Transparency of Data on Assets of Officials

Commitment Text:

10.1. Computerisation of the work of the Conflict of Interest Commission   

Necessary resources: HRK 300,000  

Implementation indicators: Through the computerisation of the work of the Commission, tools will be developed allowing the interested public to more easily access information on the assets of officials.

Lead institutions: Conflict of Interest Commission

Supporting institutions: None specified

Start date: Not specified   End date: June 2015

Commitment Aim

The aim of this commitment was to develop tools, allowing easier public access to information regarding the assets of public officials. Electronic submission of public officials’ financial reports  allows the Conflict of Interest Commission and the public to better verify the accuracy of the submitted information. This, in turn, allows for greater transparency regarding officials’ property.

Status

The Conflict of Interest Commission already had a publicly accessible website[Note 52: https://www.sukobinteresa.hr/.%5D with information on public officials' asset declarations, and it also included information on public servants in management positions in state administration bodies. The IRM researcher found the implementation of this milestone to be completed on time, based on the schedule set by the action plan.

 
Did it open government?

Access to information: Marginal

Public accountability: Marginal

The Conflict of Interest Commission already had a publicly accessible website[Note 53: Available at https://www.sukobinteresa.hr/.%5D with information on public officials' asset declarations, and the website also included information on public servants in management positions in state administration bodies. The aim of this commitment was to develop new tools, allowing easier public access to information on the assets of public officials. Electronic submission of public officials’ financial reports allows the Conflict of Interest Commission and the public to better verify the accuracy of the submitted information. This, in turn, allows for greater transparency of officials’ property and increases their public accountability. According to the draft self-assessment report, after the introduction of the computerised system, consistency in the presentation of information, as well as the completeness of the data, has improved, increasing transparency. This was confirmed by the interviewed CSO representatives.[Note 54: The interviews were conducted in the period from September to October 2015. For more information, see the IRM midterm report.] The IRM researcher concludes that the introduced changes made a small but important step in opening government practice, both in improving the quality of information accessible to the public and in improving opportunities to hold officials answerable to their actions. According to the self-assessment report, after the introduction of the computerised system, consistency in presentation of information as well as the completeness of the data has improved, which has increased transparency. As a result, interested parties, such as CSOs and the media, have used the available information to increase public scrutiny and point out conflict-of-interest situations involving officials. For example, in January 2016 a minister in the former government had to resign after spending one week in office due to false data about his residence on his asset declaration.[Note 55: For illustration on this example, see the following media reports: http://net.hr/danas/hrvatska/afera-ne-staje-crnoja-je-prekrsio-ugovor-s-gradom-samoborom-dobio-je-kredit-i-zemljiste-da-sagradi-kucu/; http://www.telegram.hr/politika-kriminal/ovo-je-7-najvaznijih-stvari-o-aferi-s-laznim-prebivalistem-ministra-branitelja-mije-crnoje/; and http://www.express.hr/top-news/konacna-odluka-crnoja-dao-ostavku-3743#.%5D

Carried forward?

The commitment has been completed within the evaluation period. The next action has not been drafted or released by the government in accordance with the OGP schedule. The IRM researcher suggests that the commission consider upgrading the searchability of its decisions published on the website by including topics, locations, articles of the corresponding laws, etc. as search variables, which would increase transparency and accountability and improve access to information about assets held by public officials.


Croatia's 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. Proactive Release of Information and Opening Data

    HR0012, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Fiscal Transparency

    HR0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  20. 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. 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. 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