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Online Business Sector Information (RO0054)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Romania Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship (MMACA)

Support Institution(s): The 9 Regional Agencies for SMEs, Export Investment and Export Promotion, subordinated to the MMACA Economic Commercial Promotion Offices

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Private Sector

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

2018-2020
Lead implementing agency/actor Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and
Entrepreneurship (MMACA)
Other actors
involved
State actors
The 9 Regional Agencies for SMEs, Export Investment
and Export Promotion, subordinated to the MMACA
Economic Commercial Promotion Offices
CSOs, private sector,
multilaterals, working
groups
What is the public problem that the
commitment will address?
The MMACA has the task of improving the way and
means of informing the target audience as efficiently
and thoroughly as possible.
Commitment description
What is the commitment?
To improve the methods of promoting and informing
the target audience in relation to the work of the
MMACA.
How will the commitment contribute to
solve the public problem?
- Creating an information platform for MMACA
- Reducing the number of requests for information
on the programs, policies and strategies developed
and implemented by MMACA
- Increasing citizen awareness
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP
values?
Increase transparency of MMACA
Publish well-structured public information
Improve the implementation of Law no. 544/2001 on
free access to information of public interest.
Milestone activity with a verifiable
deliverable
Responsible agency /
partner
Start Date: End Date:
Increase transparency in the
communication process between
applicants and the MMACA by developing
a forum-type platform.
MMACA September
2018
December
2020
Training sessions for the enforcement of MMACA January December
18
Law no. 544/2001 regarding the access to
information of public interest.
2018 2020
Developing information management
guidelines
MMACA September
2018
December
2018
Good Practice Contest at the MMACA to
boost progress in this field with official
recognition (award of excellence diplomas)
at internal ceremonies.
MMACA
December
2018
December
2020
Managing and constantly updating
published information
MMACA September
2018
Permanent
Additional information
Budget (lei) max. 95,000 lei (MMACA budget)
Correlation with other government
programs/strategies
Law no. 544/2001 regarding the access to
information of public interest
Memorandum with the theme Increasing
transparency and standardization of public disclosure
of public information

IRM Midterm Status Summary

7. Improve the online information available for the national and international business sector

Commitment Text: "To improve the methods of promoting and informing the target audience in relation to the work of the MMACA."

Milestones:

    • Increase transparency in the communication process between applicants and the MMACA by developing a forum-type platform.
    • Training sessions for the enforcement of Law no. 544/2001 regarding the access to information of public interest.
    • Developing information management guidelines
    • Good Practice Contest at the MMACA to boost progress in this field with official recognition (award of excellence diplomas) at internal ceremonies.
    • Managing and constantly updating published information

Start Date: September 2018

End Date: December 2020

Editorial Note: The commitment text is abridged. The full text can be found in the OGP 2018-2020 national action plan.

Context and Objectives

The Ministry for the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship (MMACA) is charged with supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), commerce, entrepreneurship and foreign investment. MMACA is required to disseminate all information relating to these topics. [66] This commitment aims to create an interactive platform to proactively share this information and increase citizen awareness of the activities of MMACA. In addition to access to information, according to an interviewed MMACA representative, the platform’s interactive functionalities will enable citizens to log in, pose questions—e.g., on grants, projects and business opportunities—comment on legal drafts, and then monitor the responses they receive from other users or from the MMACA staff. [67] The commitment therefore also intends to improve citizen participation, though this is not explained in the commitment text.

As several links on the MMACA portal (http://www.imm.gov.ro) do not work (e.g., Ministry reports, Programs and Strategies, Annual report on transparent decision making), the commitment may result in some necessary improvements. Moreover, the forum-type platform may serve to engage the key audience of MMACA more and to improve the communication between MMACA and the public.

However, it is unlikely that the trainings will help improve transparency under law 544/2001, since much of the required information is already published, and the Secretariat General of the Government (SGG) already provides biannual trainings and monitoring sessions for all members of the central public administration. It is unclear what additional training the MMACA staff will receive. While Milestone 4 tries to address the lack of specialized IT staff to maintain its website and the forum-type platform, [68] tasking general public servants with this responsibility and motivating the ones that display the highest online activity [69] may not be sufficient to overcome complex IT challenges. It is also unclear what the competition methodology is, as well as how big the remunerations are. Consequently, this commitment is likely to have a positive, but minor, impact.

Next steps

A higher degree of specificity could improve the implementation of this commitment. For instance, MMACA could detail the number and content of training sessions it will offer to its public servants dedicated to maintaining the platform and to managing public interest information online. Additionally, MMACA could reveal how it plans to quantify excellence among its staff—e.g., how much online activity and what type of online activity will be rewarded, how much, and whether the online activity is sufficient to the scale of the task. Finally, MMACA could report on the amount of public interest information that it opened in the course of implementing this commitment, on the visibility and traction of the platform among MMACA’s key audience, and on the number of interactions between the MMACA staff and citizens that took place on the forum.

[66] HG 23/2017, available [in Romanian] at http://bit.ly/2kGBmsE.

[67] Interview with Cerasela Patrascanu, Ministry of Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship (MMACA), 9 September 2019.

[68] Interview with Cerasela Patrascanu, MMACA, 9 September 2019.

[69] Ibid.


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, Access to Information

  10. National Investment Fund Transparency

    RO0057, 2018, Access to Information

  11. Civil Servant Training

    RO0058, 2018, Capacity Building

  12. Raise Awareness About Corruption

    RO0059, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Transparency of Seized Assets

    RO0060, 2018, Access to Information

  14. Access to Social Services

    RO0061, 2018, E-Government

  15. Open Access to Research

    RO0062, 2018, Access to Information

  16. Open Education

    RO0063, 2018, Access to Information

  17. Evaluate Open Data

    RO0064, 2018, Access to Information

  18. Open Data

    RO0065, 2018, Access to Information

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

    RO0030, 2016, Access to Information

  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. Starred commitment 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

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

    RO0040, 2016, Access to Information

  30. Improve Transparency in the Management of Seized Assets

    RO0041, 2016, Access to Information

  31. Annual Mandatory Training of Civil Servants on Integrity Matters

    RO0042, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  32. Improving Access to Cultural Heritage

    RO0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. Open Data and Transparency in Education

    RO0044, 2016, Access to Information

  34. Virtual School Library and Open Educational Resources

    RO0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Open Contracting

    RO0046, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  36. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Published Open Data

    RO0047, 2016, Access to Information

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

    RO0019, 2014, Access to Information

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

    RO0020, 2014, Access to Information

  39. Starred commitment 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, Access to Information

  41. Opening Data Collected from the National Health System

    RO0023, 2014, Access to Information

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

    RO0024, 2014, Access to Information

  43. Open Contracting

    RO0025, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  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, Access to Information

  46. Human Resource Training in the Field of Open Data

    RO0028, 2014, Access to Information

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

    RO0029, 2014,

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

    RO0001, 2012, Access to Information

  49. Identifying Regulatory Needs, Logistical and Technical Solutions

    RO0002, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0003, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0004, 2012, Access to Information

  52. Initiating Pilot-Projects, in Partnerships

    RO0005, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0006, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0007, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0008, 2012, Access to Information

  56. Procedures for Citizen Complaints Pertaining to Open Data

    RO0009, 2012, Access to Information

  57. Consultation Mechanism Between Suppliers and Beneficiaries of Open Data

    RO0010, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0011, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0012, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0013, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0014, 2012, Access to Information

  62. Institute a Monitoring Mechanism of Compliance for Open Data

    RO0015, 2012, Access to Information

  63. Stimulating the Market for Innovative Use of Open Data

    RO0016, 2012, Access to Information

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

    RO0017, 2012, Access to Information

  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, Access to Justice

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