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Slovak Republic

Create Space for the Publication of Local Self-Government (Municipality) Contracts in a Single Central Repository. (SK0081)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Slovak Republic National Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice in consultation with the Head of the Govern-ment Office

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Open Contracting and Procurement, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Slovakia Design Report 2017–2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Commitment No. 24: Create space for the publication of local self-government (municipality) contracts in a single central repository.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

THEME - Central Register of Contracts 
Comm 23, 24

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan[Note : The Office of the Plenipotentiary, “Open Government Partnership National Action Plan of the Slovak Republic 2017 – 2019”, http://bit.ly/2QYIlHV %5D:

Commitment 23: “In a participatory manner, carry out an analysis of compliance with the obligation to publish contracts in the Central register of contracts, prepare a proposal of changes that will clarify the obligation and enable an effective mechanism for compliance verification, and submit these to the government”.

Commitment 24: “Create space for the publication of local self-government (municipality) contracts in a single central repository”.

Start Date: Not specified                

End Date: 31 December 2017

Context and Objectives

The Central Register of Contracts[Note : The Central Register of Contracts, http://www.crz.gov.sk/ (in Slovak).  ] was launched in 2011 as one of the most significant anti-corruption measures in the country, which initiated pro-active provision of government information. Since then all contracts that were concluded between the Government Office, ministries and other central government agencies, and certain public institutions and their suppliers have to be made publicly available online. Its publication in the register conditions the validity of the contracts. The register has received high acclaim from the international community[Note : Alexander Furnas, “Case Study: Open Contracting in the Slovak Republic”, Open Contracting Partnership, http://bit.ly/2R7tqLY. Ali Clare, David Sangokoya, Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young, “Open contracting and procurement in Slovakia: Establishing Trust in Government Through Open Data”, http://bit.ly/2DZfsZy ] and local stakeholders assess it positively. The register has helped uncover several cases of the misuse of public resources[Note : Radka Minarechová, “Non-transparent claims surround hospital”, The Slovak Spectator, http://bit.ly/2DGt4Ip; Vladimír Šnídl, “Armáda dostala luxusné SUV, na obrnené vozidlá čaká od revolúcie” (The army received a luxury SUV, but has been waiting for armored vehicles since the 1989 revolution), Dennikn.sk, http://bit.ly/2rCPLG9 (in Slovak); Ria Gehrerová, Katarína Kiššová, Júlia Brižeková and Juraj Koník, “Nebudeme komentovať. Nemocnice kupujú kontrastné látky aj so stopercentným predražením” (We will not comment. Hospitals buy contrast substances even with one hundred percent overprice), Dennikn.sk, http://bit.ly/2GkqquJ (in Slovak). ]. In 2015 Transparency International Slovakia (TI Slovakia) has conducted a study on the register and found out that the number of reported stories on procurement increased in mainstream media by 25% since the mandatory publication of contracts policy was introduced”[Note : Transparency International Slovakia, “Not in force until published online: What the radical transparency regime of public contracts achieved in Slovakia”, http://bit.ly/2S9ApnN ].

The first action plan included measures to improve the register[Note : The Office of the Plenipotentiary, “Open Government Partnership National Action Plan of the Slovak Republic”, http://bit.ly/2DKiGPZ%5D. However, to this day several problems remain. Almost two million contracts have been published in the register, and there is no agency to monitor the quality of published contracts and compliance with the FOI law more broadly. The information in the contracts is often incomplete, or its important pieces are blacked-out.  An investigative journalist interviewed for this report thinks that analyzing compliance with the obligation to publish contracts in the register might be useful. He argues that is it positive that the state aims to conduct the analysis as otherwise, CSOs would need to look for resources to do it. Thus, commitment 23 to analyze compliance with the obligation to publish contracts in the Central Register of Contracts has a moderate potential impact. As written, it can enhance public participation, as analysis is expected to be prepared in a participatory manner. In addition, it has the potential to increase access to information in two ways. First, the analysis will provide information on the current flaws of the register and propose solutions. Second, if followed by actions, i.e. the recommendations will be well implemented, the commitment could eventually improve access to contracts.   

Several interviewees also mentioned that it would be useful if municipalities’ contracts were added to the register[Note : It is important to note here that the Office of the Plenipotentiary does not have competencies over municipalities. Also, this would probably require an amendment of FOIA.]. Therefore, commitment 24 to enable the municipalities to publish contracts in a single central register of contracts is a useful measure. However, unless it stays an option and not an obligation, it will not change the status quo. As written, the commitment states the inclusion of municipalities contracts will be voluntary. Therefore, the impact is coded as minor only.  

Next steps

The IRM researcher recommends carrying this commitment forward to the next action plan. Several interviewees have mentioned the importance of the Central Register of Contracts, and at the same time, they have also emphasized its current limitations. An investigative journalist interviewed for this report mentioned several improvements he would welcome, for example, an option to sign up for alerts where he could specify criteria for contracts in which he is interested[Note : Interview with Martin Turček (Aktuality.sk), 15 October 2018. See Section ‘VI. Methodology and sources for details.   ]. Based on the interviews and available reports, the IRM researcher suggests introducing an obligation for the municipalities to publish the contracts in the Central Register of Contracts. In order for this obligation to be effective, sanctions need to be tied to cases of its breach.     


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  2. Submit a Draft Law on Data to the Government.

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  3. Public Administration Employee Training

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  4. Data Publication Standards

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  5. Update Open Data Portal

    SK0062, 2017, Open Data

  6. Open Data Publication

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  7. Open Data Awareness-Raising

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  8. Survey About Open Data

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  9. Publish Open Data

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  10. Analysis of Open Data

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  11. Open Data Strategy

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  12. Develop Standards for Publicly Available Application Programming Interfaces and Submit Them to the Commission for the Standardization of Information Systems in Public Administration.

    SK0069, 2017, E-Government

  13. Ensure Open Data Publication

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  14. Survey of Public Demand for Application Programming Interfaces

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  15. Publish Application Programming Interfaces

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  16. Enable the Disclosure of Source Code and Development Using Open Methods for Newly Developed Plug-Ins and Extensions of Web Browsers and Client Applications.

    SK0073, 2017, Open Data

  17. Custom-Made Information Systems

    SK0074, 2017, Open Data

  18. Publish Open Source Software Data

    SK0075, 2017, Open Data

  19. Study About Open Source Software

    SK0076, 2017, Open Data

  20. Feasibility Study on NGO Satellite Account

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  21. Define the Minimum Scope and Structure of the Disclosed Data on the Use of European Structural and Investment Funds, the EEA Financial Mechanism, Norwegian Financial Mechanism, the Swiss Financial Mechanism and Subsidy Schemes From the State Budget.

    SK0078, 2017, Aid

  22. Publish Financial Data

    SK0079, 2017, Aid

  23. Propose Changes to Central Register of Contracts Regulation

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  24. Create Space for the Publication of Local Self-Government (Municipality) Contracts in a Single Central Repository.

    SK0081, 2017, Open Contracting and Procurement

  25. Establish and Operate a Repository of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for Storage, Long-Term Archiving and Access to Educational Resources.

    SK0082, 2017, E-Government

  26. Open Education Resources

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  27. Reach Out to Partners Who Have Provided Educational Resources After 2008 to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Or to Its Directly Managed OrGanizations, with a Suggestion to Make Educational Resources Available Under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Public License.

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  28. Enforce Public Licensing

    SK0085, 2017, Education

  29. Make Educational Resources Available in Local Langage

    SK0086, 2017, Education

  30. Ensure Availability of University Textbooks

    SK0087, 2017, E-Government

  31. Introduce Specific Rules for Open Publication and the Obligation to Provide Free Access of Selected Publicly Funded Publica-Tions

    SK0088, 2017, E-Government

  32. Analyze the Possibility of Applying Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Public License As Standard for Selected Works Mandatorily Published in the Central Registry of Theses and Dissertations.

    SK0089, 2017, E-Government

  33. Awareness-Raising About Open Education Resources

    SK0090, 2017, E-Government

  34. Publish the Outcomes of the Approval Process of Educational Resources on the Web-Site of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

    SK0091, 2017, E-Government

  35. To Introduce the Basic Principles of Open Access to Scientific Publications Under a Public License Under the Operational Program Research and Innovation.

    SK0092, 2017, E-Government

  36. Ensure the Implementation of Public License Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

    SK0093, 2017, Open Data

  37. Establish Contact Office for Open Access.

    SK0094, 2017, Open Data

  38. Establish Conditions for Passportization of Open Research Data Under a Public License and Monitor Its Implementation in Practice.

    SK0095, 2017, E-Government

  39. Establish and Operate a Repository to Provide Storage, Long-Term Archiving and Ac-Cess to Slovak Scientific and Academic Publications, Research Data and Gray Literature.

    SK0096, 2017, Open Data

  40. Design Systematic Benchmarking Monitoring Mechanisms for the Measurement and Comparison and Propose Further Analyses Related to Acquiring, Processing and Re-Use of Research Data and Open Access Scientific Publications.

    SK0097, 2017, E-Government

  41. Raise Awareness About Open Access in Academic Community

    SK0098, 2017, Education

  42. Participate in International Coordination on Open Education Reforms

    SK0099, 2017, Education

  43. Participatory Public Policy

    SK0100, 2017, E-Government

  44. Citizen-Traingin on Public Policy Making

    SK0101, 2017, Capacity Building

  45. Create Engaging Public Policies

    SK0102, 2017, Capacity Building

  46. Government Employee Peer-Exchange

    SK0103, 2017, Capacity Building

  47. Evaluate Identified Participatory Processes of Creation and Implementation of Pub-Lic Policies and Disseminate Examples of Good Practice Based on This Evaluation.

    SK0104, 2017, Capacity Building

  48. Promote Partnership and Dialogue Between Public Authorities, Citizens and NGOs at National, Regional and Local Level in the Area of Participatory Public Policy-Making.

    SK0105, 2017, Capacity Building

  49. Propose a Recommendation of Internal Guidelines on the Use of Free On-Line Tools in Participatory Creation of Public Policies.

    SK0106, 2017, Capacity Building

  50. Create Learning Tools in the Field of Participation.

    SK0107, 2017, Capacity Building

  51. Use Educational Tools About Participation in Formal Education Using Informal Learn-Ing Methods.

    SK0108, 2017, E-Government

  52. Develop Recommendations for Embedding Participatory Processes Into Organiza-Tional Processes, Internal Guidelines and Other Documents for the Needs of Central Government Bodies.

    SK0109, 2017, Capacity Building

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    SK0110, 2017, E-Government

  54. Specify Which Court Decisions Do Not Need to Be Published.

    SK0111, 2017, E-Government

  55. Standardize Submission Requirements for Slov-Lex Portal

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  56. Draft Legislation About the Responsibility of Judges

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  57. Draft Legislation to Ensure Public Scrutiny of Judges

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  58. Prepare Legislation That Will Ensure the Publication of the Seat of Office of Individual Prosecutors

    SK0115, 2017, E-Government

  59. Create Draft Legislation to Extend the Right to Recommend Candidates for the Post of Attorney-General.

    SK0116, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  60. Participatory Analysis of Prosecutor's Affairs

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  61. In a Participatory Manner, Analyze the Selection Procedures

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  62. Awareness-Raising About Anti-Social Activities

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  63. Analyze and Evaluate Preliminary Information and Reports on Public Participation in the Process of Drafting and Commenting on Draft Legislation.

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  64. Analyze and Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Electronic Collective Petition.

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  66. Coordinate the Working Group on the Implementation of the OGP National Action Plan 2017-2019.

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  71. Survey of Open Data

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  72. Publish Relevant Open Datasets

    SK0026, 2015, E-Government

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    SK0029, 2015, E-Government

  76. Evaluate Grant Funding Open Data Application

    SK0030, 2015, E-Government

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    SK0034, 2015, E-Government

  81. Pilot Procurement Process

    SK0035, 2015, E-Government

  82. Raise Awareness of Education Resources

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  83. Join Multilateral Activities in Europe and Beyond That Support the Creation, Improvement, Sharing and Re-Use of Open Educational Resources.

    SK0037, 2015, Education

  84. Map Existing Scientific Repositories

    SK0038, 2015, Open Data

  85. Identify Barriers to Open Data Access

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  86. Submit Analysis of Open Data Publication

    SK0040, 2015, Open Data

  87. Data Publication Mechanism

    SK0041, 2015, E-Government

  88. Raise Awareness About Open Access in Academic Community

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  89. Assist Other Countries with Open Access Strategy

    SK0043, 2015, E-Government

  90. Participatory Policy-Making

    SK0044, 2015, Public Participation

  91. Workshops on Public Involvement in Policymaking

    SK0045, 2015, Capacity Building

  92. Starred commitment Develop Public Policy with Civil Society

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  93. Starred commitment Develop Criteria for Evaluating Participation in Policymaking

    SK0048, 2015, Public Participation

  94. Evaluate Policy Creation

    SK0049, 2015, Public Participation

  95. Map Legislative Environments

    SK0050, 2015, Legislature

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    SK0051, 2015, Capacity Building

  97. Publish Evaluation of Justices

    SK0052, 2015, Judiciary

  98. Analyze Publication of Judicial Decisions

    SK0053, 2015, Judiciary

  99. Uniform Reporting of Judicial Decisions

    SK0054, 2015, Judiciary

  100. Publish List of Names of Prosecutors

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  101. Final Evaluation of OGP Action Plan

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  102. Develop Next Action Plan

    SK0057, 2015, OGP

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  104. Publishing Datasets

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  105. Datasets Mapping

    SK0003, 2012, Open Data

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  108. Starred commitment Continuous Dataset Publising

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  109. Starred commitment ITMS Dataset

    SK0007, 2012, Open Data

  110. EU Funds and Subsidies Monitoring

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  111. EU Funds and Subsidies Monitoring – Prepare Tender for Web Application

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  112. EU Funds and Subsidies Monitoring – Portal Launch

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  114. Starred commitment Apply Participatory Policy Making

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  115. Lawmaking Public Participation Rules

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  116. Participatory Policy Making

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  117. Collective e-Petitions

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  118. Collective e-Petitions – Draft Amendment

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    SK0017, 2012, OGP

  120. Transparency Council and Openess Barometer

    SK0018, 2012, Capacity Building

  121. Develop Criteria for Transparency Council and Openess Barometer

    SK0019, 2012, Capacity Building

  122. Conduct First Evaluation Using Openess Barometer

    SK0020, 2012, Capacity Building

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