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Norway

Preventing Corruption (NO0060)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Norway Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Justice

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption, Anti-Corruption Institutions, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Norway Design Report 2019-2021

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Preventing corruption
January 2019 to June 2020
Responsible body Ministry of Justice
Description
What problem for the general public
is the commitment aimed to solve?
Need for better dialogue between the authorities
and the population to prevent corruption
What is the commitment? 1) Systematisation and support of more, and better,
dialogue between the authorities and the general
public to prevent corruption, by improving the
coordination of information to the population on
the authorities’ initiatives to combat corruption,
among other things
2) Better access to information for the general
public with regard to the requirements that apply
to good work to combat corruption and the consequences of inadequate implementation or breach
of the regulations. Strive to make risk and threat
assessments in the area of anti-corruption better
known to the general public.
How will the commitment contribute
to solving the problem?
An overall clarification of the authorities’ attitudes
towards corruption, various measures for the
prevention and detection of corruption and the
consequences of violations, are expected to have
a preventive effect in relation to both the general
public and the public authorities.
How is this commitment relevant to
the OGP’s fundamental values?
Open dialogue between the authorities and the
population regarding work to combat corruption.
This can also prevent corruption.
Additional information For example, costs, other government initiatives, strategies,
sustainable development goals, etc.
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Milestones Start date End date
Start-up 2019
Comment by the Ministry of Justice:
It is difficult to set milestones for this
work, because the start-up date has
been set to January 2019. The first
item on the agenda will likely be to
establish an outline for further work,
which will include milestones.”
Contact information
Person responsible from the
implementing body
Mona Ransedokken
Entity Ministry of Justice and Public Security
E-mail/Telephone mona.ransedokken@jd.dep.no / +47 22 24 51 77
Other public participants The commitment entails the necessary dialogue
with other public actors who work to prevent and
combat corruption.
Collaborative civil society
organisations, cross-sectoral
working groups, etc.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

7. Preventing corruption

Main Objective

"1) Systematisation and support of more, and better, dialogue between the authorities and the general public to prevent corruption, by improving the coordination of information to the population on the authorities' initiatives to combat corruption, among other things

2) Better access to information for the general public with regard to the requirements that apply to good work to combat corruption and the conse­quences of inadequate implementation or breach of the regulations. Strive to make risk and threat assessments in the area of anti-corruption better known to the general public.

An overall clarification of the authorities' attitudes towards corruption, various measures for the prevention and detection of corruption and the consequences of violations, are expected to have a preventive effect in relation to both the general public and the public authorities."

Milestones

Comment by the Ministry of Justice in the action plan:

"It is difficult to set milestones for this work, because the start-up date has been set to January 2019. The first item on the agenda will likely be to establish an outline for further work, which will include milestones."

Editorial Note: For the complete text of this commitment, please see Norway's action plan at https://www.regjeringen.no/en/dokumenter/norges-handlingsplan-4---open-government-partnership-ogp/id2638814/

IRM Design Report Assessment

Verifiable:

No

Relevant:

Unclear

Potential impact:

None

Commitment Analysis

This commitment aims to strengthen the dialogue on anti-corruption among public authorities and between them and the public. Norway performs well in measures on anti-corruption and corruption perception. The country ranked 7th out of 193 countries in Transparency International's 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), [37] and has ranked in the top 10 in the CPI for the past 10 years. [38] However, Norwegian civil society has claimed that a comprehensive anti-corruption policy is needed to guide the government's anti-corruption efforts. [39] A cooperative forum with representatives from several Norwegian ministries and government agencies relevant to anti-corruption has been established in 2019. [40] The purpose of the forum is to improve coordination of governmental anti-corruption work, and several government institutions have met several times to discuss their work. According to an interviewed representative from the Ministry of Justice, a next step envisaged is to launch a platform to inform the public on anti-corruption activities, though this is not provided in the commitment text. [41]

The commitment lacks specific activities that would allow for the verification of its completion. The Ministry of Justice notes that the first activity will likely involve outlining further work (which will include milestones). While the commitment calls for strengthening dialogue between the authorities and the public, as well as access to information regarding work to combat corruption, it is first and foremost about coordination among public authorities. It does not contain measures for actual change of policies and/or legislation. Theoretically, this commitment could result in more publicly available information on anti-corruption measures, but the work appears to mainly focus on improving coordination of anti-corruption work among public authorities. In addition, the lack of verifiable or measurable activities makes it difficult to assess the commitment's potential impact.

After the Ministry of Justice determines the specific activities for this commitment, the IRM recommends developing a comprehensive anti-corruption strategy for Norway in collaboration with civil society.

[31] IRM researcher, telephone interview with André Hoddevik, Norwegian Digitalisation Agency, 30 March 2020.
[32] Ibid.
[33] IRM researcher, telephone interview with Tor Dølvik, Transparency International Norway, 28 March 2020.
[34] Transparency International Latvia, Transparency International Lithuania, and Open Knowledge Sweden (2019), Open Data and Political Integrity in the Nordic Region, https://delna.lv/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Open-Data_TI-LV_2019.pdf, pg 52.
[35] Open Contracting Data Standard: Documentation, https://standard.open-contracting.org/latest/en/
[36] Open Contracting Partnership, Emergency procurement for COVID-19: Buying fast, smart, and open, https://www.open-contracting.org/what-is-open-contracting/covid19/
[37] Transparency International, Norway, https://www.transparency.org/en/countries/norway
[38] Trading Economics, Norway Corruption Rank, https://tradingeconomics.com/norway/corruption-rank
[39] IRM researcher, telephone interview with Tor Dølvik, Transparency International Norway, 28 March 2020.
[40] Minutes from the multi-stakeholder meeting of interested parties, 25 November 2019. The forum includes representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Local Administration and Modernisation, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the National Police Directorate, and Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime.
[41] IRM researcher, telephone interview with Mona Ransedokken, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, 1 April 2020.

Commitments

  1. Archiving Documents

    NO0054, 2019, Capacity Building

  2. Making Energy Statistics Available

    NO0055, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  3. e-Access and Expansion

    NO0056, 2019, Access to Information

  4. Open Cultural Data

    NO0057, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Digital Spatial Planning

    NO0058, 2019, E-Government

  6. Streamline Public Procurement

    NO0059, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  7. Preventing Corruption

    NO0060, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  8. Beneficial Ownership Registry

    NO0061, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  9. User Orientation

    NO0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  10. Electronic Public Records (OEP)

    NO0046, 2016, E-Government

  11. Transparency Regarding Environmental Information

    NO0047, 2016, E-Government

  12. Starred commitment Disclosure of Financial Data

    NO0048, 2016, Access to Information

  13. Transparency Regarding Rainforest Funds

    NO0049, 2016, E-Government

  14. State Employees’ Ownership of Shares

    NO0050, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  15. Promote Freedom of Expression and Independent Media

    NO0051, 2016, Civic Space

  16. Country-By-Country Reporting

    NO0052, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  17. Starred commitment Register for Ultimate Beneficial Ownership

    NO0053, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  18. Public Review and Public Consultation

    NO0020, 2013, Capacity Building

  19. Registering and Preserving Digital Documentation Produced by Public Bodies

    NO0021, 2013, Access to Information

  20. The Norwegian Citizen Survey (Innbyggerundersøkelsen)

    NO0022, 2013, Public Participation

  21. Whistleblowing

    NO0023, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  22. Strengthened Information Exchange for More Efficient Crime Prevention and Combating

    NO0024, 2013, Justice

  23. Strengthening the Transparency of Public Authorities and Administration

    NO0025, 2013, Access to Information

  24. Egovernment with an End-User Focus

    NO0026, 2013, E-Government

  25. Plain Legal Language

    NO0027, 2013, Capacity Building

  26. Norwegian Grants Portal (MFA)

    NO0028, 2013, Aid

  27. An International Convention or Agreement on Financial Transparency

    NO0029, 2013, Private Sector

  28. Reducing Conflicts of Interests – Post-Employment Regulations

    NO0030, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  29. Centre for Integrity in the Defence Sector

    NO0031, 2013, Security & Public Safety

  30. A Better Overview of Committees, Boards and Councils – More Public Access to Information and Better Opportunities for Further Use

    NO0032, 2013, E-Government

  31. Modernizing Public Governance

    NO0033, 2013, Capacity Building

  32. Transparency in the Management of Oil and Gas Revenues

    NO0034, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  33. Transparency in the Management of the Government Pension Fund (GPF)

    NO0035, 2013, E-Government

  34. Transparency and Anti-Corruption Efforts

    NO0036, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  35. The Municipal Sector

    NO0037, 2013, Education

  36. “Simplify” (“Enkelt Og Greit”)

    NO0038, 2013, E-Government

  37. Electronic Public Records (OEP) – (Offentlig Elektronisk Postjournal)

    NO0039, 2013, Access to Information

  38. Re-Use of Public Sector Information (PSI)

    NO0040, 2013, Access to Information

  39. Access to Health Data

    NO0041, 2013, E-Government

  40. Renewal of the Government’S Website (Regjeringen.No – Government.No)

    NO0042, 2013, E-Government

  41. Declaration of Principles for Interaction and Dialogue with NGOs

    NO0043, 2013, Capacity Building

  42. Simplification and Digital Administration of Arrangements for NGOs

    NO0044, 2013, Capacity Building

  43. An Open Public Sector and Inclusive Government

    NO0001, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  44. Measures to Promote Gender Equality and Women’S Full Participation in Civic Life, the Private Sector, the Public Administration and Political Processes.

    NO0002, 2011, Gender

  45. Gender Equality – Participation in the Private Sector

    NO0003, 2011, Gender

  46. Increase Women's Representation in Local Government

    NO0004, 2011, Gender

  47. Gender Equality Program

    NO0005, 2011, Gender

  48. Gender Equality – Inclusion of Immigrant Women

    NO0006, 2011, Gender

  49. Gender Equality – Combat Gender Stereotypes

    NO0007, 2011, Gender

  50. Gender Equality – Youth Initiatives

    NO0008, 2011, Gender

  51. Gender Equality – Combat Domestic Violence

    NO0009, 2011, Gender

  52. Transparency in the Management of Oil and Gas Revenues / Financial Transparency

    NO0010, 2011, Aid

  53. Transparency in the Management of Oil and Gas Revenues / Financial Transparency – Government Global Pension Fund

    NO0011, 2011, Fiscal Openness

  54. Transparency in the Management of Oil and Gas Revenues / Financial Transparency – Combat Tax Evasion

    NO0012, 2011, Fiscal Openness

  55. Transparency in the Management of Oil and Gas Revenues / Financial Transparency – Multi-National Companies

    NO0013, 2011, Fiscal Openness

  56. An Open Public Sector and Inclusive Government – Create Central Communication Policy

    NO0014, 2011, Fiscal Openness

  57. An Open Public Sector and Inclusive Government

    NO0015, 2011, E-Government

  58. An Open Public Sector and Inclusive Government – Public Data Use

    NO0016, 2011, Public Participation

  59. An Open Public Sector and Inclusive Government – National Statistic Publication

    NO0017, 2011, Access to Information

  60. An Open Public Sector and Inclusive Government – National Public Opinion Survey

    NO0018, 2011,

  61. An Open Public Sector and Inclusive Government

    NO0019, 2011, Public Participation

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