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Institutional measures to implement the new act on civil service (CZ0009)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Czech Republic, Second Action Plan, 2014-2016

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Interior

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Legislation & Regulation, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

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

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

A key role during transformation of state administration into state service will have a methodical and coordination body, which will be preparing service instructions and regulate their implementation. This body – Section for State Administration – will be established in the Ministry of Interior. Milestones: ● Establishing an organizational body for public service and incorporating it into the organizational structure of the Ministry of Interior. ● Establishing a Section for State Service and incorporating it into the organizational structure of the Ministry of Interior. Responsible Institution: The Ministry of Interior Supporting Institution(s): None Start Date: Not Specified End Date: 1 January 2015

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 3. Institutional measures to implement the new Act on Civil Service

Commitment Text:

A key role during transformation of state administration into state service will have a methodical and coordination body, which will be preparing service instructions and regulate their implementation. This body – Section for State Administration – will be established in the Ministry of Interior.

Editorial Note: The Section for State Service (SSS) was ultimately named Section for Civil Service (SCS) and is referred to as such throughout the report.

Milestones:

3.1 Establishing an organizational body for public service and incorporating it into the organizational structure of the Ministry of Interior.

3.2 Establishing a Section for Civil Service and incorporating it into the organizational structure of the Ministry of Interior.


Editorial Note: Before the adoption of the second action plan, the Government of the Czech Republic had two proposals to create a regulatory body. This commitment includes both proposals, causing a duplication of milestones. In practice, both have the same meaning and therefore are analysed as one.

Responsible institution: The Ministry of Interior

Supporting institution(s): None

Start date: Not specified                                                                    End date: 1 January 2015

 
Commitment Aim:

The commitment is aimed at creating a coordinating body within the Ministry of the Interior, responsible for carrying out civil service reforms. For example, the coordinating body would prepare selection procedures for state secretary positions, draft the first systematization of civil service positions, and publish methodological directives on applying the Act. Creating such a body could contribute to the general goal of de-politicisation, professionalization and stabilization of the state administration sector.

Status: Complete at midterm

The government fulfilled this commitment even before the current action plan was approved. Government Decree no. 776 of 22 September 2014 established the Section for the Civil Service (SCS).[Note 12: Available at [Czech] www.mvcr.cz/soubor/uv-776-2014-k-mater-ope-pdf.aspx.]

Did it open government?
Access to information: Did not change
Civic Participation: Did not change
Public accountability: Did not change

Creating a central coordinating body was an important element in implementing the Civil Service Act. The Section for the Civil Service (SCS), under the direction of the Ministry of the Interior, was established for this purpose, although the initial plan was to create a fully independent agency within the Office of the Government. The SCS fulfils the commitment aims, although it is difficult to assess the actual outcomes of its methodological and coordinating role. Some stakeholders have expressed concerns that long-term efficiency and impartiality could be negatively affected due to the SCS’s subordination to the Ministry of Interior.[Note 13: Edvard Outrata, interview by the IRM researchers, 11 September 2015.  ]

As implemented, the commitment does not have clear relevance to OGP values and does not include public-facing elements. While IRM researchers consider this commitment to be a step forward to improve the transparency and quality of government, it focuses on internal adjustments that do not change government practice in access to information, civic participation or public accountability.

Carried forward?

The government fully accomplished this commitment by establishing the Section for the Civil Service. As a result, it was not carried over to the next action plan.


Czech Republic's Commitments

  1. quality management in service authorities

    CZ0022, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  2. judiciary annual report

    CZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  3. publishing lower court decision

    CZ0024, 2018, E-Government

  4. raising awareness about whistle-blowers

    CZ0025, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. open education data

    CZ0026, 2018, E-Government

  6. inspIS information system

    CZ0027, 2018, E-Government

  7. open data from school inspector

    CZ0028, 2018, E-Government

  8. publication of education information on creative commons

    CZ0029, 2018, E-Government

  9. Implementing the Civil Service Act

    CZ0016, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  10. Priority Data Sets of Public Administration

    CZ0017, 2016, E-Government

  11. Public Administration of the Czech Republic’s Open Data Ecosystem

    CZ0018, 2016, Capacity Building

  12. National Open Access to Scientific Information Strategy

    CZ0019, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  13. Supporting Volunteering

    CZ0020, 2016, Civic Space

  14. Improving Local Level Safety

    CZ0021, 2016, E-Government

  15. Adoption of the new act on Civil Service

    CZ0007, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  16. Implementing legislation for the new act on civil service

    CZ0008, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  17. Institutional measures to implement the new act on civil service

    CZ0009, 2014, Capacity Building

  18. Selection, recruitment, and appointment of civil servants/high-ranking civil servants

    CZ0010, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Systematization of service positions and service authorities

    CZ0011, 2014, Labor

  20. Streamline the free access to information system

    CZ0012, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  21. Support for open data publishing

    CZ0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. Open data catalogue

    CZ0014, 2014, E-Government

  23. Open data legal framework

    CZ0015, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  24. Adoption of an Act on Civil Servants

    CZ0001, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  25. Amendments of the Free Access to Information Act

    CZ0002, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  26. Reaching the Open Data Standards : Identification and removal of legal and technical obstacles

    CZ0003, 2012, Open Data

  27. Reaching the Open Data Standards : Creation of an open data infrastructure in the public procurement sector

    CZ0004, 2012, Open Contracting and Procurement

  28. Reaching the Open Data Standards : Converting the most important data sources to open data standards

    CZ0005, 2012, Open Data

  29. Reaching the Open Data Standards : Creation of a catalogue of public administration data

    CZ0006, 2012, Open Data