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Lithuania

Publish online information about revenues and spending of national and municipal institutions (LT0017)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Lithuania National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: NA

Support Institution(s): Information Society Development Committee under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Special Investigation Service, Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania

Policy Areas

E-Government, Fiscal Transparency, Legislation & Regulation, Records Management

IRM Review

IRM Report: Lithuania End-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Main objective To publish regular information in the electronic media about the revenue and expenses of the State and municipal authorities and agencies in order to prevent conditions for corruption and corruption risks. Brief description of commitment The objective is to create legal basis, which will provide conditions for the provision of information and data electronically to citizens about the revenue and expenses of the State and municipal institutions and agencies, and fund recipients. Also, an information system to make public the revenue and expenses of the State and municipal institutions and agencies, and fund recipients, will be created and launched.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

3. To publish online information about revenues and spending of national and municipal institutions

Commitment Text:

The objective is to create legal basis, which will provide conditions for the provision of information and data electronically to citizens about the revenue and expenses of the State and municipal institutions and agencies, and fund recipients. Also, an information system to make public the revenue and expenses of the State and municipal institutions and agencies, and fund recipients, will be created and launched.

Milestones:

3.1. Legal acts regulating electronic provision of data and information on the revenue and expenses of the state and municipal institutions and agencies, and fund recipients, to the public have been drafted.

3.2. An information system to make public the revenue and expenses of the State and municipal institutions and agencies, and fund recipients, has been created and launched.

Responsible institution: Ministry of Finance

Supporting institutions: Information Society Development Committee under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Special Investigation Service, Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania

Start date: 1 July 2016

End date: 31 December 2018

Context and Objectives

Many Lithuanian citizens have expressed disappointment in the lack of publicly available information on revenues and spending at the local level. According to survey conducted by Transparency International Lithuania, 51 percent of respondents say that there is not enough information on the responsibilities of municipal governments, and 28 percent would like to have more detailed and easier-to-understand information about the revenues and expenses of their municipalities.[Note: Public Survey 'Lithuanian residents on local openness,' Transparency International Lithuania, 2014, https://goo.gl/1BQFws. ] This commitment seeks to address the above-mentioned lack of information on municipalities by creating a regularly updated e-platform for the revenues and expenses of state and municipal institutions to prevent corruption.

Rasa Kavolyte, the deputy director at the Ministry of Finance, said the demand to have a centralized portal is obvious, as people need to easily understand how the central and local budgets are spent.[Note: Rasa Kavolyte, Ministry of Finance, interview by the IRM researcher, 18 September 2017.] Paulius Murauskas from Transparency International Lithuania agreed with this position, but added that the Ministry of Finance needs to be more specific on what information will be available.[Note: Paulius Murauskas, Transparency International Lithuania, interview by the IRM researcher, 27 September 2017.] The commitment states that the revenues and expenses for municipalities will be published on a portal, but it does not mention how many municipalities and institutions will publish their information, nor does it specify the scope of the published information on revenues and expenses, only that the information will be 'regular.' It also does not provide a timeline for how frequently the information on the portal will be updated. Therefore, the specificity is low. The commitment addresses the general problem of corruption without specifying which corruption-related issues it seeks to reduce, or how citizens can report instances of corruption based on the information published in the portal. The potential impact of the commitment depends on the scope of opened data, which is not clear from the action plan, so the IRM researcher has marked it as minor. However, further developments of the commitments might lead to substantial increases in open government.

Completion

On 15 June 2017, the Ministry of Finance signed a contract with the European Social Fund Agency in Lithuania, which confirmed funding worth 580,000 EUR. The project was selected to develop the guidelines and the methodology needed to make accessible the revenues and spending on the national and municipal levels.[Note: European Union Investment in Lithuania, project 10.1.2-ESFA-V-916-01 confirmation, https://goo.gl/TBcm6d. ] To do this, the Ministry of Finance called for proposals and contracted Ernst & Young Baltic to provide these services, such as identifying the types of financial data to be available and the technical specifications for the online platform, using the most cost-effective approach.[Note: Contract with 'Ernst & Young Baltic', No. 14P-61, 16 August 2017, sent to the IRM researcher on 21 September 2017.]

To gather public comments on what data should be published in the portal, the Ministry of Finance organized a meeting with CSOs but invited only three organizations working in the field of open data. Rasa Kavolyte, the deputy director at the Ministry of Finance, admitted that the communication regarding this consultation was inadequate and did not engage all interested stakeholders.[Note: Rasa Kavolyte, Ministry of Finance, interview by IRM researcher, 18 September 2017.]

According to the action plan, the commitment must be fully implemented by 31 December 2018. As there is no timeline for interim activities, the IRM researcher cannot track the schedule of implementation in more detail.

Next Steps

Currently, there is no final vision for the type and scope of the information the Ministry of Finance aims to disclose. For example, the portal could include a list of all recipients of public funds at the national and municipal levels, or it might be limited to a general overview of public spending. For this reason, the IRM researcher recommends narrowing the scope of the commitment and clearly identifying the types of data that need to be opened. This would make the commitment easier to manage and better show the relation between the problem and possible solutions.

IRM End of Term Status Summary


Lithuania's Commitments

  1. open data

    LT0024, 2018, E-Government

  2. NGO database, NGO fund

    LT0025, 2018, Civic Space

  3. publish fiscal information

    LT0026, 2018, E-Government

  4. Public services by NGOs

    LT0027, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. monitoring and evlauation for public participation

    LT0028, 2018, Public Participation

  6. legislative process evaluation

    LT0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Build open data portal, and integrate into the European single digital market.

    LT0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  8. Publicize information about government activities and civic participation in governance.

    LT0016, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Publish online information about revenues and spending of national and municipal institutions

    LT0017, 2016, E-Government

  10. Create and broadcast social advertisements that target corruption in the healthcare system

    LT0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  11. Create legal, organizational and technical tools to easily access detailed information about election and voting procedures

    LT0019, 2016, E-Government

  12. Create public consultation mechanism

    LT0020, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Foster open public governance culture in public sector

    LT0021, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Creation of NGO database.

    LT0022, 2016, Civic Space

  15. Creation of NGO fund.

    LT0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Public Service Quality Improvements

    LT0007, 2014, Capacity Building

  17. Developing and Promoting E-Services

    LT0008, 2014, E-Government

  18. Encouraging Public Participation

    LT0009, 2014, E-Government

  19. Raising Civic Awareness

    LT0010, 2014, Education

  20. National Civil Society Fund Model Development

    LT0011, 2014, Civic Space

  21. Accessibility of Public Information

    LT0012, 2014, E-Government

  22. Public Decision-Making Transparency

    LT0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. Promoting Anti-Corruption Education

    LT0014, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  24. Increase of the accessibility of the information held by public administration authorities.

    LT0001, 2012, Records Management

  25. Centralised publishing of information on Government activities

    LT0002, 2012, Records Management

  26. More extensive public consultations

    LT0003, 2012, Public Participation

  27. Promotion of public participation in public administration processes

    LT0004, 2012, Legislature

  28. Increasing the accessibility of services provided to the public.

    LT0005, 2012, E-Government

  29. Promotion of public participation in the process for the improvement of service provision

    LT0006, 2012, Public Participation