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Civil Society Consulation on Foreign Policy (DE0017)



Action Plan: Germany Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Federal Foreign Office (FFO)

Support Institution(s): Directorates-General 1, 4, 6, and S are involved, as are the Policy Planning Staff and the Press Division

Policy Areas

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
The Federal Foreign Office currently offers citizens’ dialogues and civil society participation
procedures that enable interested individuals to get involved in discussing German foreign
policy. These formats are informative and consultative, but they are not always visible
enough. Data from the holdings of the Federal Foreign Office are occasionally available to
the public in digital form.

What is the commitment?
The Federal Foreign Office will increase the visibility of many existing formats and activities
in the area of foreign policy that correspond to the guiding principle of open government,
and will make greater use of the potential for further measures.
The civil society dialogue with think tanks and civil society organisations as well as with the
general public is to be continued in a variety of formats, including formats related to the
Federal Foreign Office’s 150th anniversary. These dialogue events are informative in nature
and take place both on- and offline. In consultative formats such as blog-based debates
and a hackathon, civil society is to be given the opportunity for more input of opinions and
ideas for shaping German foreign policy.
Furthermore, via social media, those who are interested can contact the Federal Foreign
Office and the Federal Foreign Minister and ask questions and make comments – for example,
through formats like the Instagram question sticker – which will then receive responses.
The Federal Foreign Office is digitising some of the holdings of its Political Archive, and will
put these online for free, non-commercial use. Metadata on approximately 20 km of paper
files and approximately 18 million digital images, some of them in machine-readable form,
will be put online in downloadable form for free research.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?
Through the commitment, citizens will be better informed about German foreign policy and
will be included more in consultative processes.
The digitisation and publication of parts of the Political Archive will make large volumes of
data from retro-digitised files of the Federal Foreign Office available to the public for the
first time.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
Providing previously unavailable political and historical information and data from the
field of foreign policy will add a large measure of additional transparency. Creating better
options for informing the public and for public involvement will increase participation in
foreign policy matters, and make the foreign policy environment even more conducive to
civil society engagement.


  1. Participatory Development of Research and Innovation Policy

    DE0022, 2019, Public Participation

  2. Participatory Creation of Regulatory Policy

    DE0023, 2019, Open Regulations

  3. Digital Strategy Pilot for Rural Regions

    DE0024, 2019, Public Service Delivery

  4. Open Government in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0025, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Policy Co-Creation in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0026, 2019, Land Rights and Spatial Planning

  6. Data Sovereignty in North Rhine-Westphalia

    DE0027, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Open Government Portal in Saxony

    DE0028, 2019, E-Government

  8. Open-Source Software in Public Administrations in Schleswig-Holstein

    DE0029, 2019, Subnational

  9. Regional Open Government Labs

    DE0016, 2019, Public Participation

  10. Civil Society Consulation on Foreign Policy

    DE0017, 2019,

  11. Create Youth Strategy

    DE0018, 2019, Marginalized Communities

  12. Craete Federal Agency for Digital Innovation

    DE0019, 2019,

  13. Transparency and Participation in International Aid

    DE0020, 2019, Access to Information

  14. Strengthen and Socialize Open Data Policy

    DE0021, 2019, Access to Information

  15. Conditions for OGP Participation

    DE0001, 2017,

  16. Open Data in Administrative Practice

    DE0002, 2017, Access to Information

  17. Open Data Environment

    DE0003, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Access to Spatial Data

    DE0004, 2017, Access to Information

  19. Financial Transparency - EITI Standard

    DE0005, 2017, Access to Information

  20. Transparency in Development Policy

    DE0006, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Open Data for Intelligent Mobility

    DE0007, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Citizen Participation in Environmental Policy and Urban Development

    DE0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  23. Electronic Procedures for Family Benefits

    DE0009, 2017, E-Government

  24. Knowledge Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

  25. Local Alliances for Family Initiative

    DE0011, 2017, Public Participation

  26. Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private and Private Sectors

    DE0012, 2017, E-Government

  27. Open Access to Academic Literature

    DE0013, 2017, E-Government

  28. Science Year 2018

    DE0014, 2017, Public Participation

  29. Federal Competition “Living Together Hand in Hand”

    DE0015, 2017, Citizenship & Immigration

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