Usability and functionality improvements of the ‘Parliamentary Transparency’ section of the Hellenic Parliament website (GR0026)
Enhancement and improvement of the functionality offered by the ‘Parliamentary Transparency’ section of the Hellenic Parliament portal. Provision of open structured information.
IRM End of Term Status Summary
Commitment 4.2. ‘Parliamentary Transparency’ section of Parliament’s website
Enhancement and improvement of the functionality offered by the “Parliamentary Transparency” section of
the Hellenic Parliament portal. Provision of open structured information.
• Completion by February 2015:
o 4.2.1. “Parliamentary Transparency” website visitor experience: Evaluation of the current state of the section concerning visitor experience (e.g. by creating relevant questionnaire) regarding usability, accessibility and institutional level.
• Implementation (gradually) by June 2016:
o 4.2.2. Improvements to “Parliamentary Transparency” section:
o Development of the “FAQ” section, for institutional and technological questions originating from visitor feedback.
§ Provision of the visitor information via RSS (Rich Site Summary) either by subject area or by type of decision.
§ Publication of statistical data.
§ Provision of structured information (based on open standards) for execution of the budget by the Parliament.
Editorial note: Commitments 4.1 and 4.2 have been clustered for the purpose of analysis in this report. They are discussed jointly in the narrative below.
Responsible institution: Hellenic Parliament
Supporting institution(s): None
Start date: December 2014 End date: June 2016
The main goal of commitment 4.1 is to adopt a system that would allow public monitoring of all parliamentary actions in the legislative process. The system was designed to replace the current numerous, mainly non-digital processes and flows. Drafting and amending legislation texts is still largely a manual job. It does not allow for automatically tracking changes introduced at each processing stage, or for publishing electronic documents in reusable, machine-readable formats. Commitment 4.2 is aimed at improving functionality of the “Parliamentary Transparency” section on the Hellenic Parliament portal by providing more high quality, useable data.
Commitment 4.1 Midterm: Substantial
Greece completed the commitment to track changes on bills (Milestone 4.1.1) on schedule. The government tested the new system by reviewing an existing piece of legislation. However, this test was not public. Regarding Milestone 4.1.2, the adoption of an international open standard XLM, the Hellenic Parliament had started discussions and favoured adopting the technical standard, Akoma Ntoso. The government made no final decisions. Milestone 4.1.3 had limited completion because the government had implemented only the initial design stage of the legislative document handling system.
Commitment 4.2 Midterm: Limited
The government has completed improving the transparency section of the website (Milestone 4.2.2), according to parliamentary staff; the Openwise IRM research team verified operation of the relevant section. However, the Openwise IRM research team found no evidence of any work toward creating a survey for website visitors’ experience (Milestone 4.2.1). Parliamentarians are still not required to track and publish decisions or changes made in documents, unless specifically mandated by the President of the Parliament. Therefore, the type, number, and timelines of publishing parliamentary decisions on the system remain unclear. Parliamentary staff have met with other stakeholders, but have not attempted to collaborate closely with relevant nongovernmental organizations, despite expressed interest (e.g. from Vouliwatch). The government was designing an evaluation questionnaire to assess the changes made so far. However, the drafting process was internal, with no outside consultation.
Commitment 4.1 End of term: Substantial
Based on the September 2016 inter-parliamentary group meeting attended by the Openwise IRM research team, there was no further progress on the implementation of an online system to track Parliamentary progress on legislation.
Commitment 4.2 End of term: Limited
Based on the September 2016 inter-parliamentary group meeting attended by the Openwise IRM research team, there was no further progress on improving the transparency section of the website, or on creating the evaluation questionnaire. Parliamentary staff stated that the continuing unavailability of required funding led to loss of ownership.
Did it open government?
Access to information: Marginal
Civic participation: Did not change
The Hellenic Parliament wished to address the lack of transparency and the difficulty in accessing parliamentary session information. The bill-tracking system in use was seen as inadequate and the commitments sought to create a more streamlined version. It was designed to replace the numerous, mainly non-digital processes and operations that did not allow for automatically tracking legislative changes or for accessing machine readable and reusable electronic documents.
Bolstering the parliamentary transparency section of the Parliament’s website would also provide an easier way for the public to track parliamentary staff actions. The partially completed commitments did improve public access to parliamentary texts but fell significantly short of achieving the levels of information availability envisioned by the commitments. As implemented, this commitment only marginally affected the status quo.
The commitment, if fully implemented, would have allowed members of civil society and the public to interact with the Hellenic Parliament in a direct way, increasing civic participation. However, due to Parliament’s limited human resources, officials only implemented the initial stage of a bill-tracking system. Consequently, the ability of the public to participate during the passage of a bill through Parliament has not changed.
Access to information: Marginal
Civic participation: Did not change
By partially completing this commitment to improve the transparency section of the Hellenic Parliament web portal, the government managed to make some updates to the system and increase access to information. However, this improvement is only marginal since no clear obligation exists specifying what information or documents must be published on the website.
If the government had completed improvements to the transparency section of the Hellenic Parliament’s website, specifically regarding accessing budget execution information, civic participation would have substantially increased. It would have been possible for citizens to examine, track and offer comments on a significant portion of decisions concerning Parliament’s internal operation. Civic participation has not changed due to the limited implementation of the commitment.
The third Greek Action Plan does not carry forward Commitments 4.1 and 4.2. During the September 2016 meeting of the interministerial OGP government group, the Openwise IRM research team suggested that Parliamentary staff could collaborate with relevant civil society groups in order to achieve some of the aims of these commitments despite the inability to attract the required funding.
Framework law on Open & Participative Governance
GR0031, 2016, Capacity Building
Participation in the Assessment of the Public Sector
GR0032, 2016, Capacity Building
Publicity of Organisational Charts & Entities of the Public Sector
GR0033, 2016, E-Government
Accountability and Settlement of Disputes between the citizens and the Public Sector
GR0034, 2016, Legislation & Regulation
Guide and Standardization for the provision of Services & for Procedures per Service/entity
GR0035, 2016, Capacity Building
Improvement of the open deliberation procedure
GR0036, 2016, Capacity Building
National Register of Line Managers of the Public Administration (Register)
GR0037, 2016, Capacity Building
Implementation of the assessment of employees and services and control methods
GR0038, 2016, Capacity Building
Implementation of a System for the Selection of Managers
GR0039, 2016, Capacity Building
Digital Repository for Pubic Administration Studies
GR0040, 2016, Capacity Building
Provision of Open Cultural Data
GR0041, 2016, E-Government
Geospatial Maritime Data
GR0042, 2016, E-Government
Ship/Company and Seafarer Registers
GR0043, 2016, E-Government
Marine and Maritime Activity
GR0044, 2016, E-Government
Public Property Open Data
GR0045, 2016, E-Government
KPI’s for the implementation of Public and EU Financed Projects
GR0046, 2016, E-Government
Data and Statistics for Greek National Exams
GR0047, 2016, E-Government
GR0048, 2016, E-Government
Informative Actions on open data for young people in Secondary and higher Education
GR0049, 2016, Education
GR0050, 2016, Capacity Building
Provision of open data for Justice
GR0051, 2016, E-Government
Enhanced statistical data of justice open to the public
GR0052, 2016, E-Government
Open provision of Geo-data
GR0053, 2016, E-Government
GR0054, 2016, Fiscal Transparency
Regional Council Platform (Open Regional Council)
GR0055, 2016, E-Government
Open - Participatory Budget
GR0056, 2016, E-Government
Capture and Evaluation Platform for Regional Technical Projects
GR0057, 2016, E-Government
GR0058, 2016, E-Government
Online Consultation Platform
GR0059, 2016, E-Government
Open Data Index for cities and local administrations
GR0060, 2016, E-Government
Linked, Open and Participatory Budgets
GR0061, 2016, E-Government
School of data for public servants
GR0062, 2016, Capacity Building
The collaborative wikification of public services procedures
GR0063, 2016, Capacity Building
Strengthening openness and accessibility of the Parliament
GR0064, 2016, Capacity Building
Institutional and technological upgrading of Transparency Program
GR0012, 2014, E-Government
Public participation in decision making
GR0013, 2014, Capacity Building
Integration of PSI Directive on the re-use of public sector information
GR0014, 2014, E-Government
Regulatory amendments for the management and provision of open data
GR0015, 2014, Capacity Building
Implementation of platform for central distribution of public open data
GR0016, 2014, E-Government
Provision of open geospatial data
GR0017, 2014, E-Government
Provision of open cultural data
GR0018, 2014, Legislation & Regulation
Provision of open data for offshore companies
GR0019, 2014, E-Government
Open provision of Public Sector critical data sets
GR0020, 2014, E-Government
Open invitations for filling posts in the public sector
GR0021, 2014, E-Government
Public administration organizational chart publication
GR0022, 2014, Capacity Building
Coordination and monitoring of Open Government policy
GR0023, 2014, Audits and Controls
Reorganization of inspectorate bodies and strategic alliance development against corruption
GR0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions
Tracking changes on bills (from submission to voting by Plenum)
GR0025, 2014, E-Government
Usability and functionality improvements of the ‘Parliamentary Transparency’ section of the Hellenic Parliament website
GR0026, 2014, E-Government
Improvement of the Hellenic Parliament Website and implementation of new standards-technologies
GR0027, 2014, E-Government
Provision of historical parliamentary documents to the public
GR0028, 2014, E-Government
Enhancement of Social Media Policy in the Hellenic Parliament
GR0029, 2014, E-Government
On line provision of Exhibitions
GR0030, 2014, Capacity Building
Increase number of legislative acts going through online deliberation
GR0001, 2012, Legislation & Regulation
Capitalize on citizen comments and suggestions
GR0002, 2012, Public Participation
Operate central e-procurement information system
GR0003, 2012, E-Government
Operate central ERP information system
GR0004, 2012, E-Government
Operate central HRMS information system
GR0005, 2012, E-Government
Open data regarding prices, as collected by Prices Observatory
GR0006, 2012, Open Data
Resolve legal issues regarding state geo-data
GR0007, 2012, Land & Spatial Planning
Offer additional taxation data
GR0008, 2012, Fiscal Transparency
Augment functionality of the Transparency Program
GR0009, 2012, E-Government
Publicise Public Sector procurement information
GR0010, 2012, E-Government
Enable open, transparent and safeguarded document circulation
GR0011, 2012, E-Government