Register of Government Decision-Making (FI0032)
Action Plan: Finland Action Plan 2019-2023
Action Plan Cycle: 2019
Lead Institution: Ministry of Justice
Support Institution(s): NA
Policy AreasAnti-Corruption, Conflicts of Interest, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Open Parliaments, Open Regulations
There is a good legal foundation for openness in Finland. As the world changes, the legal foundation also requires supplementation. An international comparative study on lobby registers was carried out based on a commitment in the II Action Plan of open government. A parliamentary committee was established after the study and it issued an unanimous proposition recommending the establishment of the transparency register.
The transparency register will offer citizens information on the parties that seek to influence decision-making. Decision-makers will be provided more in-depth information on the roles of the parties that seek to influence them. The register will help lobbyists to provide more information about their lobbying and influencing activities in an increasingly open manner.
Of the OGP initiatives, the transparency register corresponds particularly to that of transparency and accountability.
Establishment of transparency register
In accordance with the Government Programme, a law on the transparency register will be enacted after parliamentary preparation and consultation with civil society. The purpose of the act is to improve the transparency of decision-making and, through this, prevent inappropriate influences and strengthen public confidence.
In the preparation of the transparency register legislation, the basic rights and freedoms of natural persons will be taken into account and special attention will be paid to the safety of their personal data.
It will be established whether it will be possible to include data on the outside employment and private interests of public officials. Government officials are required to submit notifications of their private interests and outside employment. If working hours are used for the tasks of the outside employment or if it can impact the impartiality of a government official, a permit to engage in outside employment will be required. The data submitted has not been recorded in a register.
It will furthermore be explored whether it will be possible to collect records of the parties invited to parliamentary committee hearings in a single transparency register. It could also be possible to append a list of the post-employment waiting period agreements as referred to in the State Civil Servants Act.
It will also be established whether it will be possible to collect private interests data on a municipal level into a national transparency register.
Improving Understandability and Inclusion of Government Information
FI0030, 2019, Capacity Building
Open Government Strategy
FI0031, 2019, Capacity Building
Register of Government Decision-Making
FI0032, 2019, Anti-Corruption
Open Data and AI Policy
FI0033, 2019, Access to Information
Supporting Everyone’s Possibility to Participate.
FI0023, 2017, E-Government
Clear Government Reforms and Services
FI0024, 2017, Fiscal Openness
Access to Information on Incorporated Public Services
FI0025, 2017, Access to Information
Access to Information Knowledge in the Public Administration
FI0026, 2017, Access to Information
Publishing State Procurement Data to Citizens
FI0027, 2017, Access to Information
Regional Reform Information
FI0028, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport
Training Regional Administration in Open Government Principles
FI0029, 2017, Capacity Building
FI0019, 2015, E-Government
Government as an Enabler
FI0020, 2015, Access to Information
FI0021, 2015, Access to Information
Engage Children, Youth, Elderly
FI0022, 2015, Open Regulations
Enhancing the Openness of Preparatory Processes
FI0001, 2013, E-Government
Emphasizing Dialogue Skills in the Job Descriptions of Civil Servants
FI0002, 2013, Capacity Building
Strengthening Proactive Publishing and Communication
FI0003, 2013, Capacity Building
Promoting Participatory Budgeting
FI0004, 2013, Fiscal Openness
Increasing Openness and Customer Orientation in ICT and e-Services Development
FI0005, 2013, E-Government
Increasing the Number of Open and Online Meetings
FI0006, 2013, E-Government
Standard Language Titles and Resumes Will Be Drafted of the Government Proposals.
FI0007, 2013, Capacity Building
Visualization of Decisions
FI0008, 2013, E-Government
Training Will Be Organised for Civil Servants in Use of Clear Language and Plain Language In- Cluding Committing to Use of Terms Already Known.
FI0009, 2013, Capacity Building
The Comprehensibility of the Texts Produced by Public Administration Will Be Tested To- Gether with Citizens and Service Users.
FI0010, 2013, Capacity Building
Standardizing and Clarifying the Terms and Concepts Used in Public Administration and Ser- Vice Production.
FI0011, 2013, Capacity Building
The Comprehensibility of Customer Letters and Decisions Will Be Enhanced, Especially When Using Standard Texts.
FI0012, 2013, Capacity Building
Opening and Publishing New Data and Changing Existing Open Data Into a Machine- Readable Form.
FI0013, 2013, Access to Information
Clear Terms for Use of for Open Data and Knowledge
FI0014, 2013, Access to Information
Strengthening Skills Needed to Understand Combining Privacy and Open Data and Strength- Ening the Citizen’S Right to His/Her Own Personal Information “The Right to Be Anonymous”
FI0015, 2013, Access to Information
Tearing Down Barriers of Action of the Civil Society
FI0016, 2013, Capacity Building
The Proactive Presence and Accessibility of Civil Servants
FI0017, 2013, Capacity Building
Providing Tools and Training to Organizations
FI0018, 2013, Capacity Building