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Denmark

Report a Rule (DK0059)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Denmark Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: The Danish Ministry of Finance

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Denmark Design Report 2017–2019

Starred: No

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Citizens, businesses, trade unions, etc. must be included in the work to create a more cohesive and efficient public sector. This commitment will help support the Government’s cohesion reform which through simplification of rules and de-bureaucratisation will create a more coherence service for citizens and busi-nesses.; What is the commit-ment?: The commitment will be carried out as part of a campaign from October 2017 to February 2018 where the websites of the ministries that manage citizen- and business-oriented rules will be equipped with digital mailboxes through which citizens, businesses, trade unions, etc. can submit proposals for debureaucratis-ing of the public sector. The ministries will screen the proposals and assess whether they should lead to amendments of legislation, orders, rules and proce-dures, etc. Proposals can also form part of the Government’s cohesion reform. The overall objective of this commitment is to ensure the inclusion of citizens, businesses, trade unions, etc. in the Government’s effort to create a more effi-cient public sector.; How will the com-mitment contribute to solve the public problem?: The possibility of submitting proposals means that citizens, businesses, trade unions, etc. experiencing the consequences of rules and requirements are able to contribute with relevant proposals for rule simplification and debureaucratisa-tion. When these parties become involved, it will expectedly shed light on inex-pedient government rules that ought to be simplified or abolished. The implementation of standardised digital mailboxes on the ministries’ websites will make it easy for the parties to submit proposals that can subsequently be considered by the individual ministries. The ministries’ screening of proposals will ensure that they are handled by the appropriate ministry and that the feasibility of all proposals is considered; Why is this com-mitment relevant to OGP values?: The commitment will ensure the involvement of citizens, businesses and trade unions in the Government’s work to create a more cohesive and efficient public sector. The commitment will thus increase the above parties’ possibility of influ-encing the Government’s decisions and initiatives and make it easy for the parties to point out any inexpedient government rules, for example, that makes the public administration more bureaucratic or result in incoherent services to the citizens.; Additional infor-mation: The commitment is closely connected to the Government’s work on the cohesion reform, which aims to develop and streamline the public sector in order to give the citizens the best possible welfare

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 10: Report a rule

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

"The commitment will be carried out as part of a campaign from October 2017 to February 2018 where the websites of the ministries that manage citizen- and business-oriented rules will be equipped with digital mailboxes through which citizens, businesses, trade unions, etc. can submit proposals for debureaucratising of the public sector. The ministries will screen the proposals and assess whether they should lead to amendments of legislation, orders, rules and procedures, etc. Proposals can also form part of the Government's cohesion reform. The overall objective of this commitment is to ensure the inclusion of citizens, businesses, trade unions, etc. in the Government's effort to create a more efficient public sector."

Milestones:

10.1 Campaign launch

10.2 First follow-up on campaign

10.3 Final follow-up on campaign

Start Date: October 2017

End Date: February 2018

Editorial note: For the full text of this commitment, see "The Danish OGP National Action Plan 2017–2019," Danish Agency for Digitisation, https://en.digst.dk/policy-and-strategy/open-government/open-government-partnership-ogp-action-plan/, pp. 24–25.

Context and Objectives

The overall objective of this commitment is to include citizens, businesses, trade unions, and others in the government's effort to create a more efficient public sector, also known as a "debureaucratising" effort.[Note : "The Danish OGP National Action Plan 2017–2019," Danish Agency for Digitisation, https://en.digst.dk/policy-and-strategy/open-government/open-government-partnership-ogp-action-plan/, pp. 24–25.] The initiative is—like Commitment 9 on the civil society strategy—part of the government reform through which rules will be simplified for a more coherent public service.

The proposed solution involves establishing online mailboxes for those ministries that manage citizen- and business-oriented rules. This will allow all actors to submit ideas for rules. These ideas will be screened by ministries for relevance.

The aim to debureaucratise the public sector in Denmark has been discussed for several decades. The present government has made it a political priority to pursue effectivisation. The Confederation of Danish Industry supports this goal, as have some labour unions (such as the The Danish Association of Lawyers and Economists, DJØF, representing political scientists, economists, lawyers, and others). However, their support comes with various caveats. (For example, the Confederation of Danish Industry has called for an emphasis on digitisation; DJØF wishes to limit excessive firings.)[Note : Christian Hannibal, "Karsten Dybvad: Tænk Digitalisering ind i Reform af den Offentlige Sektor," Dansk Industri, https://di.dk/dibusiness/nyheder/pages/karsten-dybvad-taenk-digitalisering-ind-i-reform-af-den-offentlige-sektor.aspx?printType=3; and "Djøf Støtter Helhjertet Afbureaukratisering," DJØF, 4 April 2018, https://www.djoef.dk/presse/pressemeddelelser/2018/dj-oe-f-st-oe-tter-helhjertet-afbureaukratisering.aspx. ]

The commitment is aligned with the OGP value of civic participation. Citizens are encouraged to submit ideas for debureaucratising the public sector. The government expects the initiative to allow citizens to influence government decisions and initiatives. The commitment also uses technology and innovation for transparency and accountability by placing the mailboxes online.

In terms of verifiability, the ministry websites can be monitored to assess whether digital mailboxes exist. However, Milestones 10.2 and 10.3 are not specific, as more could be said about the details of campaign follow-up. Furthermore, the feasibility considerations for the proposals are not detailed in the description of the commitment as written.

The commitment is expected to change government practices. It will allow for a continuous dialogue among civil society, businesses, and authorities about which rules stand in the way of having an effective relationship with the public sector. The IRM researcher has deemed the potential impact as minor, given the low specificity of the commitment text and milestones.

Next steps

· Ensure transparency in the publication of the proposals and how they are considered by the ministries.

· Since the initiative has already concluded, with extensive feedback received from civil society representatives, the IRM researcher recommends that it not be carried forward in future action plans, to make space for new ideas.

· It is suggested, however, that those responsible for the commitment attend the next multi-stakeholder forum to share lessons learned, particularly on how they were able to attain such a high level of civil society feedback.


Denmark's Commitments

  1. Open Data for Citizens and Media

    DK0050, 2017, E-Government

  2. Data Registers on a Shared Public Distribution Platform

    DK0051, 2017, E-Government

  3. Information Portal for Day-Care Facilities

    DK0052, 2017, E-Government

  4. Open Data and Smart City Forum

    DK0053, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Open Data DK

    DK0054, 2017, Capacity Building

  6. Overview of Own Cases and Benefits

    DK0055, 2017, E-Government

  7. Nationwide Deployment of Telemedicine

    DK0056, 2017, E-Government

  8. My Log

    DK0057, 2017, E-Government

  9. Civil Society National Strategy

    DK0058, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  10. Report a Rule

    DK0059, 2017, E-Government

  11. OGP Forum

    DK0060, 2017, OGP

  12. Denmark’S Country Program for Uganda

    DK0061, 2017, Aid

  13. The 18Th International Anti-Corruption Conference

    DK0062, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  14. IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative)

    DK0063, 2017, Aid

  15. Service Check of Local Government Consultations

    DK0034, 2014, Public Participation

  16. Call on All Municipalities to Facilitate Advance Voting

    DK0035, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  17. Letter of Invitation to First-Time Voters Urging Them to Vote

    DK0036, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  18. User Friendliness Requirements Regarding Digital Self-Service Solutions

    DK0037, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Plan for Inclusion During the Transition to Digital Communication

    DK0038, 2014, Capacity Building

  20. Common Public Sector Digital Communication Campaign

    DK0039, 2014, Capacity Building

  21. Principles for Collaboration on the Modernisation of the Public Sector as Well as the Establishment of a Centre for Public Innovation

    DK0040, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. “Free Municipality” Pilot Projects

    DK0041, 2014, Subnational

  23. Recommendations from Growth Teams

    DK0042, 2014, Private Sector

  24. Strategy for Digital Welfare

    DK0043, 2014, E-Government

  25. Implementation of a New Charter for Interaction Between Volunteer Denmark/Associations Denmark and the Public Sector

    DK0044, 2014, Civic Space

  26. “Open Data Innovation Strategy” (ODIS)

    DK0045, 2014, Capacity Building

  27. Data Distributor for the Distribution of Basic Data

    DK0046, 2014, Open Data

  28. Open Government Camp 2014

    DK0047, 2014, Capacity Building

  29. Open Government Assistance to Myanmar

    DK0048, 2014, Aid

  30. Opening Key Public Datasets

    DK0049, 2014, Capacity Building

  31. Online Open Government Partnership Community

    DK0001, 2012, E-Government

  32. Online OGP Handbook for Public Authorities and Institutions

    DK0002, 2012, E-Government

  33. Starred commitment Management Labs and New Forms of Co-Operation

    DK0003, 2012, Public Participation

  34. Consultation and Transparency of Development Aid Programmes: Design Aid Programmes

    DK0004, 2012, Aid

  35. Innovate with Aarhus

    DK0005, 2012, Capacity Building

  36. Citizen Self-Services: Increasing the Use of User Ratings in the Citizen’s Port Borger.Dk

    DK0006, 2012, E-Government

  37. Open Government Camp

    DK0007, 2012, OGP

  38. Renewed Effort for Open Government Data

    DK0008, 2012, E-Government

  39. Regional Initiative on Open Data

    DK0009, 2012, Open Data

  40. Reuse of Open Source Software in the Public Sector

    DK0010, 2012, E-Government

  41. Citizen Self-Services: Binding Guidelines for Self-Service Solutions

    DK0011, 2012, Capacity Building

  42. Citizen Self-Services: Guidance and Information on Accessibility to Digital Solutions

    DK0012, 2012, E-Government

  43. Citizen Self-Services: Peer-To-Peer Learning Programmes to Help Citizens Use Digital Self-Service

    DK0013, 2012, Capacity Building

  44. Citizen Self-Services: Location-Based Content and Re-Use of Content in Borger.Dk

    DK0014, 2012, E-Government

  45. Less Reporting Through Increased Re-Use of Key Data

    DK0015, 2012, E-Government

  46. Mypage” for Businesses

    DK0016, 2012, E-Government

  47. Companies to Be “Born Digitally”

    DK0017, 2012, E-Government

  48. Creating a Mediation and Complaints Institution for Responsible Business Behaviour

    DK0018, 2012, Human Rights

  49. International Human Rights Conference

    DK0019, 2012, Human Rights

  50. Promote Social Responsibility in the Fashion Business

    DK0020, 2012, Private Sector

  51. Reporting on Human Rights and the Climate

    DK0021, 2012, Human Rights

  52. Country by Country Reporting in the Extractive and Forestry Industries

    DK0022, 2012, Extractive Industries

  53. Legislative Principles for the Digital Age

    DK0023, 2012, Legislature

  54. Consolidated Key Data

    DK0024, 2012, E-Government

  55. App Store for Digital Learning Resources

    DK0025, 2012, E-Government

  56. Starred commitment Preparing a Digital Reform of the Public Welfare Areas

    DK0026, 2012, E-Government

  57. Consultation and Transparency of Development Aid Programmes: Transparency in Aid

    DK0027, 2012, Aid

  58. Tracking Progress of Universities’ Transition to Digital-Only Administrative Communication

    DK0028, 2012, Education

  59. Disclosure of Status Reporting From the National IT Project Council

    DK0029, 2012, E-Government

  60. Overview of Public ICT Architecture

    DK0030, 2012, E-Government

  61. Publication of Educational Materials on the Government’s ICT Project Model

    DK0031, 2012, Capacity Building

  62. Smart Aarhus and Smart Region: Smart Aarhus

    DK0032, 2012, E-Government

  63. Smart Aarhus and Smart Region: Smart Region

    DK0033, 2012, E-Government