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Draft a bylaw based on the Guidelines for Evaluation of Websites (RS0022)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Serbia Second National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: MPALSG - eGovernment Directorate

Support Institution(s): MPALSG, Commissioner for Information of Public Importance, Working Group on Development of the Guidelines; CRTA- Centre for Research, Transparency and Accountability

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Open Data, Records Management

IRM Review

IRM Report: Serbia End-of-Term Report 2016–2018, Serbia Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Major Major

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Technology

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Description

THEME: Create conditions for introducing the concept of open data by means of a bylaw passed pursuant to the Law on eGovernment; COMMITMENT 9: Draft a bylaw based on the Guidelines for Evaluation of Websites; Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment: The eGovernment Directorate has been evaluating the websites of state administration bodies for more than ten years. This evaluation exercise covers also the websites of the bodies of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and local self-governments. While the open data initiative has been gaining momentum in Serbia, the concept of open data and its beneficial effects are still not sufficiently recognised by state institutions. Certain progress has already been achieved: a feasibility study for open data in the Republic of Serbia has been conducted, a Working Group on Open Data has been formed and an initiative has been launched to draft a legislative framework for open data and reuse of public-sector information. The Guidelines have been recognised as a mechanism for promoting the open data initiative. In this context, constant efforts are underway to further improve the Guidelines. In parallel with this, drafting of a Law on eGovernment is underway, and one of the main implementing regulations passed pursuant to that Law would be a Bylaw on Development of Websites and Publishing of Electronic Services, which would be based on the Guidelines. Main objective: The aim is to keep the Guidelines as a means of improving access to information of public importance, while also promoting the publishing of data in a machine-readable format. The mandatory information which must be disclosed in the Information Booklet on the Work of Public Authorities is also required for the purpose of evaluation of websites of public administration and LSGU bodies based on the methodology approved by the Government, which is set out in the Guidelines for Evaluation of Websites of Public Administration Bodies. This methodology should take the form of an implementing regulation based on the new Law on eGovernment, i.e. the above-mentioned Bylaw. The Law on eGovernment should also provide for the establishment of metaregistries, which would specify the data included in the official records (databases) of public authorities, as well as for keeping of open data metaregistries which would be posted on the Open Data Portal. The Bylaw based on the Guidelines should provide for the publishing of all information of public importance, electronic services and budgets in an open, machine-readable format, as well as for the publishing of citizens’ budgets of local self-governments and the AP. Brief description of commitment (140-character limit): This Commitment will involve modification of the Guidelines and Criteria for Evaluation as they pertain to publishing of information of public importance, including budgets, in an open format. It will also include arrangements for entering information of public importance using a platform for automated data entry and generation of information booklets on the work of public authorities, as well as publishing of the content of those information booklets in several human-readable formats, as well as in an open machine-readable format. Such information includes also budget plans and budget execution. This measure will also define other aspects of websites, including the structure of websites of state authorities, and establishment of a metaregistry of data kept in official records and metaregistries of open data. Furthermore, provisions will be made for publishing of all parts of websites which contain information of public importance in an open format. OGP challenge addressed by the commitment: Strengthening public integrity; Relevance: By becoming a piece of secondary legislation, the Guidelines for Evaluation of Websites, which apply to state administration, autonomous province and local self-government bodies, could be used as a tool for improving the quality and scope of publishing of information of public importance and electronic services and could support the opening of new data sets. One of the steps involved in this measure will be to modify the Guidelines and, on their basis, develop and adopt an implementing regulation pursuant to the Law on eGovernment. It is expected that the Law will be drafted in December 2016. These efforts would highlight the added value Serbia has derived from the Open Government Partnership. Ambition: To put in place regulations which would provide for continual improvement of websites of all public administration bodies, publishing of e-services and opening of data, with the aim of ensuring transparency and user-friendliness.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

For Commitment details, please see Serbia Mid-Term Report 2016-2018 (Year 1).

IRM End of Term Status Summary

For commitment details, see Serbia End-of-Term Report 2016–2018.


Serbia's Commitments

  1. Develop a model of job description or part of job description of an officer responsible for cooperation with civil society in local administration

    RS0014, 2016, Capacity Building

  2. Organise trainings for public administration officers in connection with the application of the Guidelines on Inclusion of Civil Society Organisations in the Process of Passing Regulations

    RS0015, 2016, Capacity Building

  3. Organise trainings for CSO in connection with application of the Guidelines on Inclusion of Civil Society Organisations in the Process of Passing Regulations

    RS0016, 2016, Capacity Building

  4. Improve the system for collecting initiatives from citizens and businesses

    RS0017, 2016, Capacity Building

  5. Introducing standards for civic participation in the public policy management system

    RS0018, 2016, Capacity Building

  6. Improving proactive transparency – Information Booklet

    RS0019, 2016, Capacity Building

  7. Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

    RS0020, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  8. Development of an Open Data Portal

    RS0021, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Draft a bylaw based on the Guidelines for Evaluation of Websites

    RS0022, 2016, Capacity Building

  10. Improve the institute of public hearing in the drafting of laws

    RS0023, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  11. Development of a uniform methodology for planning, monitoring and performance evaluation of programmes and projects implemented by civil society organisations and monitoring the spending of allocated funds

    RS0024, 2016, Capacity Building

  12. Amend the Regulation on Funds to Support Programmes or Missing Amount of Funds for Programmes of Public Interest implemented by Associations

    RS0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Enactment of a Law on Electronic Documents, Electronic Identification and Trusted Services in Electronic Business

    RS0026, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Establish a single public register of administrative procedures and other conditions for pursuing a business activity

    RS0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Transparency in Monitoring Budget Expenditures

    RS0001, 2014, Capacity Building

  16. Law on Financing Political Activities

    RS0002, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Transparent Public Procurement Procedures

    RS0003, 2014, Open Contracting and Procurement

  18. Transparent Financing of Civil Society Organizations

    RS0004, 2014, Civic Space

  19. Extending and Clarifying Responsibilities of the Anti-Corruption Agency

    RS0005, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  20. Whistleblower Protection Trainings and Campaigns

    RS0006, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  21. Draft Law Regulating Inspections in Public Administration

    RS0007, 2014, Audits and Controls

  22. e-Governmental Portal Awareness and Mobile Application

    RS0008, 2014, E-Government

  23. Starred commitment Public Administration Website Harmonization and Amendments to the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance

    RS0009, 2014, E-Government

  24. New Technologies to Improve Citizen Services

    RS0010, 2014, E-Government

  25. Cooperation with Civil Society Organizations in Public Policymaking

    RS0011, 2014, Civic Space

  26. Citizen Participation in Local Government Affairs

    RS0012, 2014, Public Participation

  27. Civil Society Participation in Monitoring the Public Administration (PAR) Strategy

    RS0013, 2014, Audits and Controls