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Encourage active disclosure of government information (NL0043)



Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Rijksprogramma Duurzaam Digitale Informatiehuishouding (RDDI) (Central Government Program for Sustainable Digital Information Management)

Support Institution(s): Other Actors Involved State actors involved All ministries CSOs, private sector, multilaterals, working groups

Policy Areas

Regulatory Governance

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address? Following the ever growing call for transparency in society, the Dutch parliament is currently addressing the Open Government Law (Wet open overheid), which will require government organizations to actively disclose 11 categories of information. A multi-year plan for the improvement of the information management provides the national government with a mandatory planning for the implementation. 16 However, in general we see that government organizations adopt a “wait-and-see attitude”. Although active disclosure of government information is not new, the implementation that is now required is broader than ever. Furthermore, the current uncertainty about the timely availability of the platform on which information should be disclosed and the status of the Open Government Law contributes to a rather passive attitude within public organizations.

What is the commitment?  This commitment supports national government organizations in proactively implementing ‘Active disclosure of government information’. This is done by: o Promoting ownership and ambition at the top; o Monitoring the progress of their implementation; o Facilitating organizations in sharing their knowledge and experience concerning the implementation; o Supporting pilot programs within government organizations and sharing the lessons learned within the broader national government.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?  Through agenda setting and the facilitation of knowledge sharing, this commitment supports government organizations to proactively implement “Active disclosure of government information”. By monitoring the progress, the project team will be able to support the implementation process through targeted interventions.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?  Transparency: a successful implementation will ensure that more information is disclosed within a central and accessible platform.

Additional information Information categories mentioned below (in Dutch): Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable Start Date: End Date: Support all government organizations in the implementation of information category A 2020 2021 Support all government organizations in the implementation of 2020 2022 •Wetten en algemeen verbindende voorschriften•Besluiten van algemene strekking•Organisatie- en mandaatregeling•Bereikbaarheidsgegevens• InformatieverzoekenCategorie A•Wetsonderwerpen en ontwerpen van besluiten•Adviezen van adviescolleges en -commissies• Jaarplannen en jaarverslagenCategorie B•Convenanten•Rapporten van onderzoeken:•Naar het functioneren van de organisatie;•Ter voorbereiding of evaluatie van beleid;•Klachten (schriftelijke oordelen in klachtenprocedures•BeschikkingenCategorie C17 information category B Support in the implementation of information category C for Ministries 2021 2023 Implementation of information category C, for Services, Agencies and independent governing bodies. 2021 2025 Promoting ownership and ambition at the top by:  Organizing panel discussions  Organizing dialogues with relevant stakeholders within government organizations,  Publication of interviews with directors 2020 2022 Facilitating sharing of knowledge by:  Organizing knowledge sessions and implementation workshops to support and promote the implementation  Connecting organizations 2020 2022


  1. Present legislation on campaign finance transparency

    NL0039, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  2. Create national portal for transparent election results

    NL0040, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  3. Develop and implement digital participation platform at local level

    NL0041, 2020, Automated Decision-Making

  4. Make FOIA information available through open data platform

    NL0042, 2020, Access to Information

  5. Encourage active disclosure of government information

    NL0043, 2020, Regulatory Governance

  6. Implement plain language initiatives

    NL0044, 2020, Capacity Building

  7. Determine balance between government confidentiality and citizens' right to information

    NL0045, 2020, Access to Information

  8. Training civil servants in active disclosure

    NL0046, 2020, Capacity Building

  9. Develop contract monitoring register

    NL0047, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  10. Pilot open data communities concept

    NL0048, 2020, Access to Information

  11. Increase availability of open source software

    NL0049, 2020, Automated Decision-Making

  12. Improve government purchase and use of algorithms

    NL0050, 2020, Automated Decision-Making

  13. Publish complaints about public services as open data

    NL0051, 2020, Access to Information

  14. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, E-Government

  15. Dilemma Logic

    NL0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. Join EITI

    NL0030, 2018, Access to Information

  17. Open Algorithms

    NL0031, 2018, Automated Decision-Making

  18. Open Local Decision-Making

    NL0032, 2018, Access to Information

  19. ‘Open by Design’ Pilots

    NL0033, 2018, Access to Information

  20. Open Contracting

    NL0034, 2018, Access to Information

  21. Open Parliament

    NL0035, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  22. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, Access to Information

  23. Pioneering Network for an Open Government for Municipalities

    NL0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. Transparent Political Party Finance

    NL0038, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  25. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Access to Information

  26. Stuiveling Open Data Award

    NL0020, 2016, Access to Information

  27. Groningen Open Data Re-Use

    NL0021, 2016, Access to Information

  28. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Access to Information

  29. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Access to Information

  30. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Access to Information

  31. Training Civil Servants on Public Participation

    NL0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  32. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Access to Information

  33. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Access to Information

  34. Further Develop and Promote Disclosure and Use of Open Data

    NL0001, 2013, Access to Information

  35. Increase Financial Transparency Through Open Budget and Experiments with Open Spending and Budget Monitoring

    NL0002, 2013, Access to Information

  36. Open House of Representatives

    NL0003, 2013, E-Government

  37. Instruments for Integrity

    NL0004, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  38. Revamp the Legislative Calendar

    NL0005, 2013, Access to Information

  39. More Online Consultation

    NL0006, 2013, E-Government

  40. More Transparency in Decision-Making Through Volgdewet.Nl Legislation-Tracking Website

    NL0007, 2013, Access to Information

  41. Informal Approach to Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0008, 2013, Access to Information

  42. From Rules to Freedom

    NL0009, 2013, Public Participation

  43. Change Attitudes and Procedures Through Smarter Working and ‘Public Servant 2.0’

    NL0010, 2013, Capacity Building

  44. Water Coalition

    NL0011, 2013, Public Participation

  45. Develop and Implement Participation Policy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

    NL0012, 2013, Public Participation

  46. Make Government Information Accessible and Easy to Find

    NL0013, 2013, Capacity Building

  47. Make Citizens Better Informed and More Empowered: Public Inspection and Correction of Information

    NL0014, 2013, E-Government

  48. Open Announcements and Notifications

    NL0015, 2013, E-Government

  49. Public Services and the User Perspective

    NL0016, 2013, E-Government

  50. Designate Categories of Government Information for Active Access

    NL0017, 2013, Access to Information

  51. Rethink Information Management and Active Access: Four ‘Open by Design’ Pilot Projects

    NL0018, 2013, Access to Information

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