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Centralized Publishing of Public Interest Information on the Single Gateway Transparenta.Gov.Ro (RO0031)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Romania Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Chancellery of the Prime-Minister

Support Institution(s): Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue (MCPDC) Ministry for Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP); NGOs with relevant experience and work in this field

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Records Management, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Romania End-of-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Although most of the information subject to compulsory disclosure may be accessed on the websites of public institutions, there are major drawbacks. Most institutions agree that the formats of public information documents are not clearly defined. In addition, there is a lack of clear internal procedures to identify what types of information qualify for default publishing. The different approaches of ministries in publishing these documents results in displaying different information, in incompatible formats, that cannot be easily exported to the single gateway. This commitment was first included in the 2014-2016 NAP, however, due to the lack of a clear legal framework and of uniform procedures within public institutions, it was not completed. Main objective Facilitate the public’s access to information of public interest by collecting and publishing it on a single government gateway. Brief description of commitment To facilitate the access of citizens and assist public institutions, an online platform will be developed for the centralisation of information that is subject to Law no.544/2001 on the free access to public interest information. Following the standardization process and the harmonization of legislation, the pre-requisites for centralized publishing will be achieved. The MCPDC will provide methodological assistance based on its activity and experience, while the Chancellery of the Prime-Minister will develop the platform. The commitment will result in the implementation of a tool to manage the flow and to improve communication of public interest information. OPG challenge addressed by the commitment Improving public sector integrity Relevance Publishing information of public interest on a single government portal will facilitate citizens’ access to information. In addition, the project will contribute to the reduction of costs and efforts required to obtain information and will increase accountability in public institutions. Ambition Publishing on a single government portal: transparenta.gov.ro all information that is subject to compulsory disclosure according to Law no. 544/2001 on the access to public interest information. The portal should also contribute to the reduction of reporting costs and simplify existing procedures, as uploaded information can be accessed by other institutions as well.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

2. Centralized publishing of public interest information on the single gateway transparenta.gov.ro

Commitment Text:

In order to facilitate the access of citizens to public interest information and in order to assist public institutions in possession of public interest information, an online platform will be developed for the centralization of information subject to law 544/2001. The pre-requisites for centralized publishing of public interest information will be achieved through the standardization of the publishing format, as well as through the harmonization of relevant laws and norms (as achieved through commitment 1). MCPDC will provide methodological assistance based on its activity and experience, while CPM will develop the platform. Commitment 2 will implement a tool to manage the flow and to improve the communication of public interest information.

Main Objective:

Facilitate the public’s access to information of public interest by collecting and publishing it on a single government gateway: transparenta.gov.ro.

Milestones:

  • Establish the platform’s functionalities
  • Development of the portal transparenta.gov.ro
  • Pilot testing on a representative sample of central and local public institutions and authorities
  • Drafting and publishing a Guide on the use of the portal
  • Attract a significant number of central and local authorities to publish on the platform

Responsible Institution: Secretariat General of the Government (SGG)/Chancellery of the Prime Minister (CPM)

Supporting Institution(s): Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue (MCPDC), Ministry for Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP), NGOs with relevant experience and work in this field

Start date: August 2016                                                                    End date: June 2017

Editorial Note: The commitment text is abridged. The full text can be found in the OGP 2016–2018 national action plan.

Commitment Aim

This commitment aimed to centralize standardized public interest information, made available by designated public institutions on their webpages (in accordance with the provisions of law 544/2001), on a single governmental gateway, for ease of use. The success of this commitment depended on the successful completion of the previous commitment, that is on public institutions designated by law 544/2001 publishing the relevant information, in a standardized manner.

STATUS

Midterm: Not started

The commitment was not started at the time of the 2016–2017 IRM progress report. The government’s 2018 self-assessment report stated that the budget for the development of the transparenta.gov.ro platform was secured through SIPOCA 35—an EU cofunded project. The start of SIPOCA 35 was delayed, as Romania only accredited the Management Authority needed to secure these funds from the EU on 13July 2017. [25] Meanwhile, the government changed, MCDPC was dissolved, and the open government agenda of MCPDC Minister Violeta Alexandru lost institutional support. [26]

End-of-term: Not started

According to a SGG representative, the funds allocated for this project were insufficient for its completion. [27] Consequently, when the SGG took over the management of the SIPOCA 35 project in July 2018, it reconsidered its scope. The new vision of the SGG was to write a standardized internal procedure and a technical guide instead that would ensure the standard internal organization of the tasks of the clerks charged with ensuring institutional transparency. [28] The vision materialized into Commitment 6 of the fourth national action plan.

Did it Open Government?

Access to information: Did not change

This commitment was not started and therefore did not lead to any change in government practice.

Carried forward?

This commitment is not carried forward in the 2018–2020 national action plan.

[25] “Trei autoritati de management acreditate de autoritatea de audit”, FonduriUE, 13 July 2017, available [in Romanian] at https://bit.ly/2VTIRtb.

[26] Radu Puchiu, former Secretary of State in charge of OGP, interview by IRM researcher on 13 November 2018.

[27] Madalina Mitroi, SGG, interview by IRM researcher on 6 November 2018.

[28] Madalina Mitroi, SGG, interview by IRM researcher on 6 November 2018.


Romania's Commitments

  1. Standardize Public Consultation Practices

    RO0048, 2018, E-Government

  2. Open Local Government

    RO0049, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Citizen Budgets

    RO0050, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Youth Participation

    RO0051, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Register of Civil Society Proposals

    RO0052, 2018, E-Government

  6. Access to Information – Local

    RO0053, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Online Business Sector Information

    RO0054, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Digital Consular Services

    RO0055, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. Transparency in the Funding of Political Parties

    RO0056, 2018, E-Government

  10. National Investment Fund Transparency

    RO0057, 2018, E-Government

  11. Civil Servant Training

    RO0058, 2018, Capacity Building

  12. Raise Awareness About Corruption

    RO0059, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Transparency of Seized Assets

    RO0060, 2018, E-Government

  14. Access to Social Services

    RO0061, 2018, E-Government

  15. Open Access to Research

    RO0062, 2018, E-Government

  16. Open Education

    RO0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  17. Evaluate Open Data

    RO0064, 2018, Capacity Building

  18. Open Data

    RO0065, 2018, E-Government

  19. Improving the Legal Framework and Practices Regarding Access to Public Interest Information

    RO0030, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Centralized Publishing of Public Interest Information on the Single Gateway Transparenta.Gov.Ro

    RO0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Promoting Open Parliament Principles

    RO0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. Improved Management of the Applications Submitted for Granting Citizenship

    RO0033, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Standardization of Transparency Practices in the Decision-Making Procedures

    RO0034, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Centralised Publication of Legislative Projects on the Single Gateway Consultare.Gov.Ro

    RO0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Citizens Budgets

    RO0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Improve Youth Consultation and Public Participation

    RO0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Subnational Open Government

    RO0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. Promoting Transparency in the Decision-Making Process By Setting Up a Transparency Register (RUTI)

    RO0039, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  29. Access to Performance Indicators Monitored in the Implementation of the National Anticorruption Strategy (SNA)

    RO0040, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  30. Improve Transparency in the Management of Seized Assets

    RO0041, 2016, Asset Disclosure

  31. Annual Mandatory Training of Civil Servants on Integrity Matters

    RO0042, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  32. Improving Access to Cultural Heritage

    RO0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. Open Data and Transparency in Education

    RO0044, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Virtual School Library and Open Educational Resources

    RO0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Open Contracting

    RO0046, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  36. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Published Open Data

    RO0047, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Publishing the Public Interest Information on a Single Government Portal: Transparenta.Gov.Ro

    RO0019, 2014, E-Government

  38. Making an Inventory of the Datasets Produced by the Ministries and Subordinate Agencies

    RO0020, 2014, Open Data

  39. Ensuring the Free Online Access to National Legislation

    RO0021, 2014, E-Government

  40. Amending Law 109/2007 on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information

    RO0022, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  41. Opening Data Collected from the National Health System

    RO0023, 2014, Health

  42. Opening Data Collected from the Monitoring of Preventive Measures as Part of the National Anticorruption Strategy 2012-2015

    RO0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  43. Open Contracting

    RO0025, 2014, Open Contracting and Procurement

  44. Opening up Data Resulted from Publicly-Funded Research Projects

    RO0026, 2014, E-Government

  45. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Published Open Data

    RO0027, 2014, Open Data

  46. Human Resource Training in the Field of Open Data

    RO0028, 2014, Capacity Building

  47. Disseminating Information on the OGP Principles and Promoting the Open Data Concept in an Accessible Manner

    RO0029, 2014, Records Management

  48. Designating a Person Responsible for Publishing Open Data in Each Public Institution

    RO0001, 2012, Open Data

  49. Identifying Regulatory Needs, Logistical and Technical Solutions

    RO0002, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  50. Making an Inventory of Available (High-Value) Data-Sets

    RO0003, 2012, Open Data

  51. Priority Publishing on the Web Pages of Public Institutions of Specific Data-Sets

    RO0004, 2012, Open Data

  52. Initiating Pilot-Projects, in Partnerships

    RO0005, 2012, Open Data

  53. Organizing Public Debates on the Utility of Open Data, in Partnerships

    RO0006, 2012, Open Data

  54. Uniform, Machine-Readable Publishing Format for Open Data

    RO0007, 2012, Open Data

  55. Procedures for Publication of Data-Sets Based on Civil Society Recommendations

    RO0008, 2012, Open Data

  56. Procedures for Citizen Complaints Pertaining to Open Data

    RO0009, 2012, Open Data

  57. Consultation Mechanism Between Suppliers and Beneficiaries of Open Data

    RO0010, 2012, Open Data

  58. Creating a Rating System for the Assessment of High-Value Data-Sets

    RO0011, 2012, Open Data

  59. Routinely Publishing Specific Data-Sets on Web Pages of Public Institutions

    RO0012, 2012, E-Government

  60. Integrating Open Data from Public Institutions in a Single National Platform

    RO0013, 2012, E-Government

  61. Inventories of Data, in Order to Facilitate Public Access

    RO0014, 2012, Open Data

  62. Institute a Monitoring Mechanism of Compliance for Open Data

    RO0015, 2012, Open Data

  63. Stimulating the Market for Innovative Use of Open Data

    RO0016, 2012, Open Data

  64. Routinely Publishing Data-Sets on the National Platform, 25% High-Value

    RO0017, 2012, Open Data

  65. The Public Procurement Electronic System (SEAP). the Electronic Allocation System for Transports (SAET)/B.1 C) Expanding the On-Line Submission of Fiscal Forms. Ensuring the Free On-Line Access to National Legislation. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage Subpoenas and Facilitate Access Toinformation Regarding Legal Proceedings. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to Obtaining the Romanian Citizenship. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to the Creation of Non-Profit Legal Persons. the Integrated System for Electronic Access to Justice (SIIAEJ)

    RO0018, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration