Open Announcements and Notifications (NL0015)
Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2013-2014
Action Plan Cycle: 2013
Lead Institution: Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and other public authorities
Support Institution(s): NA
Policy AreasDemocratizing Decision-Making, E-Government, Legislation, Regulatory Governance
The announcements that the government publishes have been partly digitised. Since 2009 the Government Gazette, Bulletin of Acts and Decrees and the Treaties Series have appeared in electronic form, and from 2014 other levels of government (local, provincial, water authorities) will announce their regulations in online publications.
The move to solely online publication is not yet legally permitted for other types of official announcements, for which the common method of notification remains advertisements in magazines and newspapers, combined with published announcement at government buildings. This is true, for example, of the publication of draft decrees to which stakeholders may submit objections. By requiring online announcement of these regulations, information could be provided in a customised way, allowing people to receive digital notifications for those issues in which they take a personal interest, such as matters affecting their local environment, for example. If the entire draft decree were published, rather than just an executive summary, there would no longer be a need to keep a printed version at government buildings. The Government will amend the General Administrative Law Act to make this possible.