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Lithuania

Publish Fiscal Information (LT0026)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Lithuania Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Finance

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

Policy Areas

E-Government, Fiscal Transparency

IRM Review

IRM Report: Lithuania Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

2. Openness to the public of the activities of public governance institutions and their public accountability (fiscal openness)
3. Publicise information on revenue and expenditure of state and municipal institutions in the electronic environment
30 June 2018 – 15 June 2020
Lead implementing agency Ministry of Finance
Commitment description
Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment For the moment, there is no single methodological, legal and ICT tool model that would ensure access to information about the revenues and expenditure and other financial data of state and municipal institutions in the electronic environment, and the public is prevented from getting information about the financial activities of public authorities and public financial resources in a manner acceptable to it.

A model of data and indicators to be made public for the previous reference period has been prepared, data sources and registers from which the data will be collected has been identified. The technical specification and procurement documents of the information system have been prepared.
Problem solution/Commitment Creation of the IS ‘Open Finance’
Main objective Publicise information on revenue and expenditure as well as other financial data of state and municipal institutions in the electronic environment and create tools for the analysis of these data.
How will the commitment contribute to solve the problem? Following the creation and introduction of the IS ‘Open Finance’, information on revenue and expenditure of state and municipal institutions will be placed in a single IS, providing for a possibility of cross-cutting analysis, summary tables, graphic images at customer’s request, data search by using electronic search and analytical tools.
Action and its description Expected concrete result Start date: End date:
1. Initiation and analysis Development of a document featuring detailed analysis and system architecture

Introduction and configuration of standard system components 31/12/2018 30/04/2019
2. Launching pilot version Introduction of the pilot version of the system, where part of the indicators has been realised 01/05/2019 30/09/2019
3. Launching beta version Introduction of a publicly accessible version of the system 01/10/2019 31/03/2020
4. Trial operation and error correction Introduction of the updated final version of the system with corrected errors 01/04/2020 15/06/2020
How is the commitment relevant to the values of transparency, accountability and civic participation? The commitment is relevant to the value of transparency, as the information system created will allow data on public sector revenue and expenditure to be accessed from one place and in a single format. This will increase the quality, accessibility and clarity of the information.

The public will have the possibility, through the tools created, to analyse this information in various cross-sections as well as impact the decision-making.
Additional information • Implementation of the commitment is financed from the EU Structural Funds.
• Preparatory works for the procurement of the services for the introduction of information system have been completed, and the architecture for indicators has been put in place.
Contact information
Lead implementing agency Ministry of Finance
Name, title, department, email and telephone number of the responsible person Rasa Kavolytė,
Deputy Director of the State Treasury Department,
email: rasa.kavolyte@finmin.lt, tel.: 8 5 239 0270Other ministries, departments/agencies involved Information Society Development Committee under the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, Special Investigation Service, Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania
What civil society organisations, private sector representatives or other stakeholders are you planning to involve in the implementation of the commitment? Do you plan to conduct a public consultation during the implementation of the commitment? The plans are to consult civil society representatives and public governance experts, academic community.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

3. Publicize information on revenue and expenditure of state and municipal institutions in the electronic environment

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

There is no single methodological, legal and ICT tool model that would ensure access to information about the revenues and expenditure and other financial data of state and municipal institutions in the electronic environment, and the public is prevented from getting information about the financial activities of public authorities and public financial resources in a manner acceptable to it. A model of data and indicators to be made public for the previous reference period has been prepared, data sources and registers from which the data will be collected has been identified. The technical specification and procurement documents of the information system have been prepared. [17]

Milestones:

3.1. Development of a document featuring detailed analysis and system architecture. Introduction and configuration of standard system

3.2. Introduction of the pilot version of the system, where part of the indicators has been realized

3.3. Introduction of a publicly accessible version of the system

3.4. Introduction of the updated final version of the system with corrected errors

Start Date: 30 June 2018

End Date: 15 June 2020

Context and Objectives

Government financial information is not easily accessible to the public, and only every sixth municipality publishes it in an open data format. [18] Lithuanian citizens have expressed their disappointment in the lack of publicly available information on revenues and spending. According to a survey conducted by Transparency International Lithuania, 28 percent of respondents say they would like to have more detailed and easier-to-understand local-level financial information. [19]

With this commitment, the Ministry of Finance aims to address the issue by creating a central online platform providing access to financial information of state and municipal institutions. This commitment is carried forward from the previous action plan, as the ministry did not get any suppliers to create the database during that time. According to Rasa Kavolyte, the deputy director at the Ministry of Finance, the ministry would consider narrowing the scope of work by excluding data on planned budgets. [20] The procurement was not successful primarily because the budget for the portal was insufficient for the amount of work it entailed. [21]

This commitment is verifiable and measurable, but the scope of work is questionable. It is not clear what exactly the ministry aims to disclose and what institutions classify as “state and municipal institutions.” Thus, it would be complicated to evaluate the impact, and measure if the implementation was successful and solved the issue. As the specificity is low, the potential impact of the commitment is considered minor.

Next steps

This commitment is important to ensuring public access to information on how public-sector institutions perform financially. It should be carried forward. However, the IRM researcher recommends specifying the scope of work and informing how possible changes to it might influence the success of this commitment. Also, to ensure the public knows what to expect, the IRM researcher encourages the government to clarify or list institutions that would be affected by this commitment. The ministry should also outline how it plans to ensure institutions act in line with their new duties.

Lastly, to avoid duplicating efforts, the IRM researcher recommends merging this commitment with the open data commitment carried out by the Information Society Development Committee under the Ministry of Economy and Innovation. If the commitments are not merged, the Ministry of Finance should articulate how both of them would supplement each other to create a systematic open data portal in Lithuania.

[17] Full commitment text available at https://bit.ly/2HPWuXo. [18] “Transparency of Lithuanian Municipalities,” Transparency International Lithuania, http://www.jurgiokepure.lt [19] “Citizens’ Survey on the Openness of Municipalities,” Transparency International Lithuania, http://www.transparency.lt/tils-tyrimai-ir-analizes. [20] Rasa Kavolyte, Ministry of Finance, interview by IRM researcher, 11 September 2018. [21] Ibid.

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