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Centralised Publication of Legislative Projects on the Single Gateway Consultare.Gov.Ro (RO0035)

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); NGOs with relevant experience and work in this field

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Public Participation

IRM Review

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

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Assessment of the implementation of Law no.52/2003 on transparency of the decision-making process revealed shortcomings in the working practices, and generally, in the activity of public authorities in ensuring a participative / representative decision-making process. Some of the problems identified in public debates and national and international assessments are the lack of uniformization, insufficient communication to the public on initiated consultations and lack of standardization in obtaining citizen feedback. As such, the development of a single government gateway for citizens to find all legislation on debate, is highly necessary. Main objective Increasing the transparency of the decision-making process by streamlining access to the legislative projects on debate. Brief description of commitment By developing the online platform consultare.gov.ro, legislative projects of public institutions will be collected on a single gateway, according to the phases of the process: public consultation, institutional opinion, approval and publication of the official form. Such a gateway would allow citizens to send comments directly to the ministry or agency that is in charge with a particular public consultation. The portal will also be used for consultation on other matters of public interest and, depending on the result of this process, new legislative documents may be initiated. OPG challenge addressed by the commitment Increase public integrity More effectively managing public resources Improving Public Services Relevance This commitment will contribute to increased public integrity by improving citizen participation in the decisionmaking process. Publishing on a single gateway facilitates access to information and allows the institutions to hold public consultations in all phases of the drafting and adoption of public policies. In implementing this commitment, new technologies will be used to improve opportunities of information dissemination, public participation and collaboration. Ambition Publishing on a single government portal: consultare.gov.ro all legislative projects that are subject to Law no. 52/2003 on the transparency of the decisionmaking process in public administration. The portal will allow citizens to send feedback to the ministry or agency that is monitoring the public consultation.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

6. Centralized publication of legislative projects on the single gateway consultare.gov.ro

Commitment Text:

By developing the online platform consultare.gov.ro, legislative projects of public institutions will be collected on a single gateway, according to the phases of the process: public consultation, institutional opinion, approval and publication of the official form. Such a gateway would allow citizens to send comments directly to the ministry or agency that is in charge with a particular public consultation. The portal will also be used for consultation on other matters of public interest. Furthermore, depending on the result of this process, new legislative documents may be initiated.

Main Objective:

Increasing the transparency of the decision-making process by streamlining access to the legislative projects on debate.

Milestones:

  • Establish the platform’s functionalities with the methodological assistance of the MCPDC and based on interactions with public authorities and NGOs
  • Development of the portal http://consultare.gov.ro
  • Launch of the platform and public promotion actions
  • Pilot testing on a representative sample of central and local public institutions and authorities
  • Drafting and publishing a User Guide for the portal
  • Development of a mobile app for the consultation process in central administration

Responsible Institution: Chancellery of the Prime-Minister, later assumed by the Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue (MCPDC)

Supporting Institution(s): Secretariat General of the Government (SGG); NGOs with relevant experience and work in this field

Start date: 2016                                                                                 End date: June 2018

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 publish legislative projects and draft laws on a single online platform consultare.gov.ro where citizens can monitor and track progress and provide feedback on draft laws.

STATUS

Midterm: Substantial

This commitment was substantially completed. GovITHub was tasked with the construction of the platform. [51] The functionalities were made available by the development team under “Despre e-consultare,” as well as the user’s guide. Legislation from all ministries’ websites was manually centralized on the platform and updated weekly, and the platform was successfully piloted on a small sample of public authorities and had more than 2,000 subscribers. Only the mobile application was not developed.

End-of-term: Substantial

The public procurement process necessary for the completion of the mobile application was delayed due to Romania’s late accreditation of the Management Authorities needed to secure the EU funds. [52] Meanwhile, the members of the GovITHub resigned in February 2017, [53] following the government’s adoption of the Emergency Ordinance OUG 13/2017. The public procurement for the completion of Milestone 6 was stopped when the MCPDS was dissolved in January 2018. After the MCPDS was dissolved, the SGG gained the administration rights to the platform and abandoned the completion of Milestone 6 in favor of reconfiguring the platform. [54]

Did it Open Government?

Access to information: Did not change

Civic participation: Did not change

Prior to this commitment, citizens could not easily find legislative information. Until April 2018, the platform was publishing legislative projects and draft laws in a single central online repository. Citizens were thus able to monitor, track progress, and provide feedback on draft laws. According to the SGG representative, the maintenance of the platform was labor-intensive due to the necessity of manual weekly updating, [55] and did not fulfill its intended role—namely that of a sustainable and resilient communication channel between the public and the public authorities. According to an SGG representative, the SGG stopped updating the platform in April 2018, but plans to reconfigure it to allow for better communication. [56] A former member of the GovITHub argued that while redesigning the platform was necessary, the new platform should have been built in a beta version to allow for the necessary prototyping and testing, while ensuring the commitment’s continuation. [57]

Carried forward?

This commitment will be continued in the 2018–2020 national action plan as Commitment 1: “Standardization of practices on public consultation processes.”

[51] GovITHub was a 2016 scholarship project of the Romanian government that sought to attract Romanian IT talent to support the administration. GovITHub would collaborate with the permanent IT staff of the government and their knowledge would spill over. Consequently, GovITHub members were often outsourced to other departments of the administration and mandated them to provide them with fast IT solutions, thereby effectively circumventing cumbersome, lengthy, and expensive public procurement procedures. Many of the GovITHub projects remain operational, though they did not reach full maturity. See Ionut Popa, CivicTech, interview by IRM researcher on 14 November 2018 and Radu Puchiu, former Secretary of State in charge of OGP, interview by IRM researcher on 13 November 2018.

[52] “Trei autoritati de management acreditate de autoritatea de audit”, Fonduri-UE., 13 July 2017, press release available [in Romanian] at https://bit.ly/2VTIRtb.

[53] “Specialiștii IT din GovITHub nu mai colaborează cu Guvernul”, Digi24, 1 February 2017, available [in Romanian] at https://goo.gl/h3oupU.

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

[55] Madalina Mitroi, SGG, interview by IRM researcher on 6 November 2018. According to her, the SGG staff monitored the state of the public consultations by manually scanning the websites of the central public authorities and of their subordinates on a weekly basis.

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

[57] Ionut Popa, CivicTech, interview by IRM researcher on 14 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