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Greece

Provision of open data for offshore companies (GR0019)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Greece Second Action Plan for 2014-2016

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Finance

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

E-Government, Open Data, Private Sector

IRM Review

IRM Report: Greece End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

The Ministry of Finance will provide the list of all foreign companies (offshore companies) registered in Greece in a machine readable format. The information that will be published will contain the following: Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), contact details in Greece, information on operations, company name, distinctive title and other relevant information registered for the holding company (TIN of the offshore, country, address, etc.). This information will be accessible and updated in monthly basis (at least).

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 2.6. Open data for offshore companies

Commitment Text:

The Ministry of Finance will provide the list of all foreign companies (offshore companies) registered in Greece in a machine readable format. The information that will be published will contain the following: Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), contact details in Greece, information on operations, company name, distinctive title and other relevant information registered for the holding company (TIN of the offshore, country, address, etc.). This information will be accessible and updated in monthly basis (at least). Milestones –Timescales The commitment will be completed by the end of October 2014. This includes software implementation for the population of the data sets. After that, the mechanism for publishing the data will be implemented by the end of March 2015.

Responsible institution: Ministry of Finance

Supporting institution(s): None

Start date:     July 2014                                                                      End date: March 2015

Commitment Aim:

This commitment aims to provide crucial information regarding companies that might be involved in tax evasion or corporate fraud. The Ministry of Finance committed to publish a list of all foreign companies (offshore companies) registered in Greece in a machine readable format. This information would contain the following: Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), contact details in Greece, information on operations, company name, distinctive title and other relevant information registered for the holding company.

Status

Midterm: Not started

During the first year of the action plan, neither the central open data portal (data.gov.gr), the Ministry of Finance (www.minfin.gr) nor the General Secretariat of Public Revenues website (http://www.publicrevenue.gr/kpi/) showed offshore company datasets. The Openwise IRM research team learned two main reasons for this absence at a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Finance. First, it is unclear who is responsible for the Commitment within the Ministry of Finance. Second, despite the fact that commitment text refers specifically to all offshore companies without exceptions, some Ministry stakeholders find this definition problematic because technically there is more than one type of offshore company.

End of term: Not started

According to the government’s self-assessment text presented as a table within the third NAP, implementation of this commitment has not yet started.[Note 19: Greece’s Third Action Plan, 9, http://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/GREEK_NAP3-OGP-ENG.pdf.] This delay is due to pending clarification of which offshore companies should fall under the commitment. The Openwise IRM research team found this problem of defining companies during midterm report interviews and encountered it again while researching for the end-of-term report.

Did it open government?

Access to information: Did not change

This commitment addresses access to information regarding offshore company data. This commitment might have had a moderate impact by imposing a level of transparency that might then have enabled structural reform in the fight against tax evasion and financial fraud.  However, due to the fact that implementation has not yet begun, there is no evidence that the commitment had any effect on openness.

Carried forward?

The Ministry of Finance does not include this policy area in the third Greek action plan. As of January 2017, the General Secretariat of Public Revenue, the agency within the Ministry of Finance responsible for implementing this commitment, will be reorganised as an Independent Agency. This independence will remove the agency from government hierarchical control. The Openwise IRM research team suggest that as soon as the new Independent Agency is operational, it should be informed officially about OGP’s work and the potential impact of a renewed version of this commitment in the next NAP. Since no other independent agency undertakes OGP commitments, the possibility to complete this commitment depends on the new agency’s priorities.


Greece's Commitments

  1. Framework law on Open & Participative Governance

    GR0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  2. Participation in the Assessment of the Public Sector

    GR0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  3. Publicity of Organisational Charts & Entities of the Public Sector

    GR0033, 2016, E-Government

  4. Accountability and Settlement of Disputes between the citizens and the Public Sector

    GR0034, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  5. Guide and Standardization for the provision of Services & for Procedures per Service/entity

    GR0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  6. Improvement of the open deliberation procedure

    GR0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  7. National Register of Line Managers of the Public Administration (Register)

    GR0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  8. Implementation of the assessment of employees and services and control methods

    GR0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Implementation of a System for the Selection of Managers

    GR0039, 2016, Capacity Building

  10. Digital Repository for Pubic Administration Studies

    GR0040, 2016, Capacity Building

  11. Provision of Open Cultural Data

    GR0041, 2016, E-Government

  12. Geospatial Maritime Data

    GR0042, 2016, E-Government

  13. Ship/Company and Seafarer Registers

    GR0043, 2016, E-Government

  14. Marine and Maritime Activity

    GR0044, 2016, E-Government

  15. Starred commitment Public Property Open Data

    GR0045, 2016, E-Government

  16. KPI’s for the implementation of Public and EU Financed Projects

    GR0046, 2016, E-Government

  17. Data and Statistics for Greek National Exams

    GR0047, 2016, E-Government

  18. Protocol Digitization

    GR0048, 2016, E-Government

  19. Informative Actions on open data for young people in Secondary and higher Education

    GR0049, 2016, Education

  20. Open Education

    GR0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Provision of open data for Justice

    GR0051, 2016, E-Government

  22. Enhanced statistical data of justice open to the public

    GR0052, 2016, E-Government

  23. Open provision of Geo-data

    GR0053, 2016, E-Government

  24. Open-Participatory Budget

    GR0054, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  25. Regional Council Platform (Open Regional Council)

    GR0055, 2016, E-Government

  26. Open - Participatory Budget

    GR0056, 2016, E-Government

  27. Capture and Evaluation Platform for Regional Technical Projects

    GR0057, 2016, E-Government

  28. City Dashboard

    GR0058, 2016, E-Government

  29. Online Consultation Platform

    GR0059, 2016, E-Government

  30. Open Data Index for cities and local administrations

    GR0060, 2016, E-Government

  31. Linked, Open and Participatory Budgets

    GR0061, 2016, E-Government

  32. School of data for public servants

    GR0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. The collaborative wikification of public services procedures

    GR0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Strengthening openness and accessibility of the Parliament

    GR0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Institutional and technological upgrading of Transparency Program

    GR0012, 2014, E-Government

  36. Public participation in decision making

    GR0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  37. Integration of PSI Directive on the re-use of public sector information

    GR0014, 2014, E-Government

  38. Regulatory amendments for the management and provision of open data

    GR0015, 2014, Capacity Building

  39. Implementation of platform for central distribution of public open data

    GR0016, 2014, E-Government

  40. Provision of open geospatial data

    GR0017, 2014, E-Government

  41. Provision of open cultural data

    GR0018, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  42. Provision of open data for offshore companies

    GR0019, 2014, E-Government

  43. Open provision of Public Sector critical data sets

    GR0020, 2014, E-Government

  44. Open invitations for filling posts in the public sector

    GR0021, 2014, E-Government

  45. Public administration organizational chart publication

    GR0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  46. Coordination and monitoring of Open Government policy

    GR0023, 2014, Audits and Controls

  47. Reorganization of inspectorate bodies and strategic alliance development against corruption

    GR0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  48. Tracking changes on bills (from submission to voting by Plenum)

    GR0025, 2014, E-Government

  49. Usability and functionality improvements of the ‘Parliamentary Transparency’ section of the Hellenic Parliament website

    GR0026, 2014, E-Government

  50. Improvement of the Hellenic Parliament Website and implementation of new standards-technologies

    GR0027, 2014, E-Government

  51. Provision of historical parliamentary documents to the public

    GR0028, 2014, E-Government

  52. Enhancement of Social Media Policy in the Hellenic Parliament

    GR0029, 2014, E-Government

  53. On line provision of Exhibitions

    GR0030, 2014, Capacity Building

  54. Increase number of legislative acts going through online deliberation

    GR0001, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  55. Capitalize on citizen comments and suggestions

    GR0002, 2012, Public Participation

  56. Operate central e-procurement information system

    GR0003, 2012, E-Government

  57. Operate central ERP information system

    GR0004, 2012, E-Government

  58. Operate central HRMS information system

    GR0005, 2012, E-Government

  59. Open data regarding prices, as collected by Prices Observatory

    GR0006, 2012, Open Data

  60. Resolve legal issues regarding state geo-data

    GR0007, 2012, Land & Spatial Planning

  61. Offer additional taxation data

    GR0008, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  62. Augment functionality of the Transparency Program

    GR0009, 2012, E-Government

  63. Publicise Public Sector procurement information

    GR0010, 2012, E-Government

  64. Enable open, transparent and safeguarded document circulation

    GR0011, 2012, E-Government