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Legislation Materials Portal (SK0135)



Action Plan: Slovak Republic Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Minister of Justice

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Local Commitments, Regulatory Governance, Right to Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Slovakia Design Report 2019-2021

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



In the Slovak Republic, legislation is published on the legal and information portal Slov-Lex,who, among other things, serves as a binding and state-guaranteed Collection of Laws. Except legalregulations, which are the Constitution of the Slovak Republic, constitutional laws, laws and implementinglegal regulations, which are regulations of the Government of the SR, decrees and measures of ministries and othersÚOŠS 50 , other legal acts and acts of international law are also published on the portal. ministriesand other CSOs are authorized to issue other implementing regulations, internal regulations and internal regulationsorganizational and management acts (hereinafter referred to as "internal regulations"). However, these are generally not published,and, in order to enhance legal certainty and open governance principles, it is appropriate that they bepublished in one place. The best place to publish them is legaland the Slov-Lex information portal, which could become a one-stop shop in the futurepublication of internal regulations. The necessary functionality of the Slov-Lex portal is already providedcurrently 51 .Given that ministries and other CSOs issue different types of internal regulations, noit is useful here to specify in detail what kinds of internal regulations are desirablepublish. It is, however, necessary for all ministries to publish all internal ministriesregulations whose publication does not go beyond the scope of Act no. no. 211/2000 Coll. on free access toinformation and amendments to certain laws, which will be selected according to the following criteria:
(a) internal rules whereby ministries and other CSOs act and decide; orgoverning the rights and obligations of natural and legal persons vis - à - vis ministries andother ÚOŠS,
(b) internal rules the publication of which is not precluded by other legislation 52 or by reasonsecurity, internal order or the achievement of the purpose for which they werecreated, e.g. inspection manual or other material that is tactical ormethodical regulation,
(c) internal regulations that can be made available upon request under the Freedom Actinformation as a whole,
(d) internal rules which contribute to strengthening the principles of open governance by which:are transparency, accountability and participation.
The publication on the Slov-Lex legal and information portal will concern those implementingregulations, internal regulations and internal organizational and management acts to be issued afterthe approval of the OGP 2020-2021 Action Plan and the relevant resolution of the Slovak Government, as well as thoseregulations that are already published in the gazettes of individual ministries and othersCSAA.Legislation is issued not only by the state, but also by local authorities as generally bindingRegulation. Generally binding regulations are issued in matters of territorial self-governmentand delegated exercise of state administration and are binding on all persons and entities operating in the territoryself-governing unit. They are usually published on websites, respectively. on official boardsindividual towns, municipalities and self-governing regions. Published in this way in generalbinding regulations do not fulfill the criterion of their easy availability. In general termstherefore, it is appropriate that they be published on the legal and information portal Slov-Lex.Publication of generally binding regulations on the legal and information portal Slov-Lex exceptStrengthening the principles of open governance and increasing legal certainty will bring several benefits not onlynot only for the public but also for the territorial self-government itself, in particular:
• strengthening of generally binding regulations as legal acts of a general nature;
• relieving local and regional authorities from a large number of requests for disclosurewithin the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act,
• a 'reservoir' of examples of good practice for the standardization of local and regional authorities; towns, municipalitiesand the self-governing regions will be able to easily reach the generally binding onesthe regulations of other municipalities and “inspire” them, which will contribute to the increasethe quality of the standardization of territorial self-government,
• Easily accessible legislation of territorial self-government in one stateguaranteed place,
• more effective public comments,
• more effective control of the compliance of generally binding regulations with the law and otherslegal regulations.
Against this background, in order to increase openness and transparency and strengthenrule of law is appropriate to publish as implementing legislation and internal organizationalgoverning acts of ministries and other CSOs, as well as generally binding regulations of the authoritieslocal government on the legal and information portal Slov-Lex, which meets the simple criterionaccessibility for all and without restrictions.

Specific milestones towards the goal:
23. To publish selected implementing regulations and internal organizational and management acts of ministriesand other central state administration bodies on the legal and information portal Slov-Lex.
Deadline: continuously
Responsible: ministers, chairmen of other central state administration bodies

24. To create conditions for the publication of generally binding regulations of self-governing regions;of towns and municipalities of the Slovak Republic on the legal and information portal Slov-Lex.
Deadline: until 30 June 2021
Responsible: Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic

1. To be published following completion of the task in point B.24. generally binding regulationsof self-governing regions, towns and municipalities of the Slovak Republic on the legal and information portalSVN-LexDeadline: continuouslyResponsible: elected representatives of regional and local self-government

IRM Midterm Status Summary

10. Broaden the publication of legislative and non-legislative materials on the Slov-lex portal

Main Objective

“Extend the scope of legislative and non-legislative documents published on the Slov-lex portal.” [155]


  1. Disclose selected implementing regulations of Ministries and other Central Authorities of the State Administration through the Slov-lex portal.
  2. Create conditions for disclosure of generally binding regulations of self-governing regions and municipalities through the Slov-lex portal.

Editorial Note: For the complete text of this commitment, please see Slovakia’s action plan at

IRM Design Report Assessment





Access to Information

Potential impact:


Commitment Analysis

While commitments related to the legal and information portal Slov-lex appeared in previous action plans, this commitment to broaden the publication of legislative and non-legislative materials on the portal is new. Its main aim is to advance access to implementing regulations, internal regulations, and internal management acts at both national and local government levels.  

The legal and information portal Slov-lex publishes judicial decisions by the Supreme Court, ordinary courts, [156] the European Court of Human Rights, and the EU Court of Justice, all national legislation in Slovak and some legislation in languages of major ethnic minorities in Slovakia, [157] EU legislation, [158] and information about legislative processes, including preliminary information [159] as described in Commitment 8 in this report.

Broadening the scope of materials published on Slov-lex is an important measure relevant to the OGP value of access to information. Easy public availability of the legislation and information about ongoing legislative processes and actors involved are essential for enhancing the quality of democracy, accountability, and participation of constituents. The first milestone (to publish internal regulations of ministries and central government bodies) could increase access to information and provide the public with better insight into the internal governance of public administration. A civil society representative [160] argued that it is an important measure, which could make the monitorial work of CSOs easier, as many of these documents are currently accessible only through freedom of information requests. At the moment, most of these legislative and non-legislative materials are not proactively published, although the technical ability to do so has been available. Slov-lex already has a section [161] where these materials could be published. However, while the commitment enables access to government information that was not previously available, its impact remains minor. This is due to the fact that the action plan specifies that disclosure will only apply to those regulations and acts issued after the adoption of the action plan. This might incentivize agencies that want to prevent disclosure of their regulations and acts to introduce changes by amending those that were already adopted before the action plan. To achieve a higher potential impact, potentials flaws such as this have to be addressed.      

The second milestone enhances access to information at the local government level. Regional and local government are currently obliged to publish their general binding rules. They can do so on their websites or on the publicly accessible noticeboards. [162] Navigating individual websites of eight higher regional units and almost 3,000 municipalities might be a challenging task. Therefore, in this respect, commitment to ensure that Slov-lex could serve as a common platform to bring together regional and local government rules and regulations is a positive development and could represent an improvement in the access to information on regulations passed by various local and regional governments. A civil society representative [163] stated that the commitment could be beneficial for small municipalities with limited capacities for their own digital solutions. However, Slov-lex would need to ensure all public bodies receive clear and easy instructions on how to upload the general bindings rules to the portal.     

These improvements can be achieved at a relatively low cost. The technical solution is already available for the first milestone and implementing the second requires only minor changes to Slov-lex. [164]

[155] Office of the Plenipotentiary, “Open Government Partnership National Action Plan of the Slovak Republic 2020 – 2021,
[156] Judicial decisions by ordinary courts, (in Slovak).
[159] Preliminary information should include the main goals and legal positions taken in the draft law, overview of the current state and ways in which the public can participate in the process, and the expected date of the public comment period, (in Slovak).
[160] Interview with Veronika Prachárová, Slovak Governance Institute, 28 May 2020, Section VI - Methodology and Sources for more information.
[162] For instance, the capital city Bratislava publishes its generally binding regulations, (in Slovak). 
[163] Interview with Veronika Prachárová, Slovak Governance Institute, 28 May 2020, Section VI - Methodology and Sources for more information.
[164] Interview with Lucia Lacika, Office of Plenipotentiary, 28 April 2020, Section VI - Methodology and Sources for more information.


  1. Publish Implementation Plans for Regulations

    SK0126, 2019, E-Government

  2. Regularly Publish Government Datasets

    SK0127, 2019, Access to Information

  3. Publish Data on Use of EU Grant Funding

    SK0128, 2019, Aid

  4. Publish Beneficial Ownership Data

    SK0129, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  5. Educational Resources Portal

    SK0130, 2019, Capacity Building

  6. National Open Science Strategy

    SK0131, 2019, Capacity Building

  7. Continuous Education for Participatory Policymaking

    SK0132, 2019, Capacity Building

  8. Report on Public Participation in Lawmaking

    SK0133, 2019, Public Participation

  9. Civil Society - Government Partnerships

    SK0134, 2019, Local Commitments

  10. Legislation Materials Portal

    SK0135, 2019, Access to Information

  11. Monitor Fulfillment of the Next Action Plan

    SK0136, 2019, Public Participation

  12. Open Data Portal

    SK0058, 2017, Access to Information

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

    SK0059, 2017, Access to Information

  14. Public Administration Employee Training

    SK0060, 2017, Access to Information

  15. Data Publication Standards

    SK0061, 2017, Access to Information

  16. Update Open Data Portal

    SK0062, 2017, Access to Information

  17. Open Data Publication

    SK0063, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Open Data Awareness-Raising

    SK0064, 2017, Access to Information

  19. Survey About Open Data

    SK0065, 2017, Access to Information

  20. Publish Open Data

    SK0066, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Analysis of Open Data

    SK0067, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Open Data Strategy

    SK0068, 2017, Access to Information

  23. 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

  24. Ensure Open Data Publication

    SK0070, 2017, Access to Information

  25. Survey of Public Demand for Application Programming Interfaces

    SK0071, 2017, E-Government

  26. Publish Application Programming Interfaces

    SK0072, 2017, Access to Information

  27. 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, Access to Information

  28. Custom-Made Information Systems

    SK0074, 2017, Access to Information

  29. Publish Open Source Software Data

    SK0075, 2017, Access to Information

  30. Study About Open Source Software

    SK0076, 2017, Access to Information

  31. Feasibility Study on NGO Satellite Account

    SK0077, 2017, Access to Information

  32. 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

  33. Publish Financial Data

    SK0079, 2017, Access to Information

  34. Propose Changes to Central Register of Contracts Regulation

    SK0080, 2017, Anti-Corruption

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

    SK0081, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  36. 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, Access to Information

  37. Open Education Resources

    SK0083, 2017, Access to Information

  38. 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.

    SK0084, 2017, E-Government

  39. Enforce Public Licensing

    SK0085, 2017, Education

  40. Make Educational Resources Available in Local Langage

    SK0086, 2017, Education

  41. Ensure Availability of University Textbooks

    SK0087, 2017, Access to Information

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

    SK0088, 2017, Access to Information

  43. 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

  44. Awareness-Raising About Open Education Resources

    SK0090, 2017, E-Government

  45. 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, Access to Information

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

    SK0092, 2017, Access to Information

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

    SK0093, 2017, Access to Information

  48. Establish Contact Office for Open Access.

    SK0094, 2017, Access to Information

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

    SK0095, 2017, Access to Information

  50. 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, Access to Information

  51. 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, Access to Information

  52. Raise Awareness About Open Access in Academic Community

    SK0098, 2017, Access to Information

  53. Participate in International Coordination on Open Education Reforms

    SK0099, 2017, Access to Information

  54. Participatory Public Policy

    SK0100, 2017, E-Government

  55. Citizen-Traingin on Public Policy Making

    SK0101, 2017, Capacity Building

  56. Create Engaging Public Policies

    SK0102, 2017, Capacity Building

  57. Government Employee Peer-Exchange

    SK0103, 2017, Capacity Building

  58. 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

  59. 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

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

    SK0106, 2017, Capacity Building

  61. Create Learning Tools in the Field of Participation.

    SK0107, 2017, Capacity Building

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

    SK0108, 2017, E-Government

  63. 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

  64. Reassess the Implementation of the Publication of Assessments of Judges in Terms of the Clarity and Making Further Analysis Easier

    SK0110, 2017, E-Government

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

    SK0111, 2017, E-Government

  66. Standardize Submission Requirements for Slov-Lex Portal

    SK0112, 2017, Access to Information

  67. Draft Legislation About the Responsibility of Judges

    SK0113, 2017, E-Government

  68. Draft Legislation to Ensure Public Scrutiny of Judges

    SK0114, 2017, Judiciary

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

    SK0115, 2017, E-Government

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

    SK0116, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  71. Participatory Analysis of Prosecutor's Affairs

    SK0117, 2017, E-Government

  72. In a Participatory Manner, Analyze the Selection Procedures

    SK0118, 2017, Justice

  73. Awareness-Raising About Anti-Social Activities

    SK0119, 2017, Anti-Corruption

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

    SK0120, 2017, E-Government

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

    SK0121, 2017, E-Government

  76. Identify the Person Responsible for Implementing the Tasks of the OGP National Action Plan 2017-2019 in the Organization.

    SK0122, 2017, E-Government

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

    SK0123, 2017,

  78. Develop the Final Evaluation of the OGP National Action Plan 2017-2019.

    SK0124, 2017, E-Government

  79. Prepare and Submit for the Government of the Slovak Republic the OGP National Action Plan for the Following Period.

    SK0125, 2017, E-Government

  80. List of Open Data Datasets

    SK0023, 2015, Access to Information

  81. Publish Open Data

    SK0024, 2015, Access to Information

  82. Survey of Open Data

    SK0025, 2015, Access to Information

  83. Publish Relevant Open Datasets

    SK0026, 2015, Access to Information

  84. Starred commitment Open Data Publication Strategy

    SK0027, 2015, Access to Information

  85. Grant Scheme Open Data Portal

    SK0028, 2015, Access to Information

  86. Web Portal Promotion Campaign

    SK0029, 2015, Access to Information

  87. Evaluate Grant Funding Open Data Application

    SK0030, 2015, Access to Information

  88. Digital Education Resources

    SK0031, 2015, Access to Information

  89. Map Existing Repositories

    SK0032, 2015, Access to Information

  90. Analyze Procurement Process for Education Resources

    SK0033, 2015, Access to Information

  91. Textbook Procurement Process

    SK0034, 2015, Access to Information

  92. Pilot Procurement Process

    SK0035, 2015, Access to Information

  93. Raise Awareness of Education Resources

    SK0036, 2015, Access to Information

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

    SK0037, 2015, Access to Information

  95. Map Existing Scientific Repositories

    SK0038, 2015, Access to Information

  96. Identify Barriers to Open Data Access

    SK0039, 2015, Access to Information

  97. Submit Analysis of Open Data Publication

    SK0040, 2015, Access to Information

  98. Data Publication Mechanism

    SK0041, 2015, Access to Information

  99. Raise Awareness About Open Access in Academic Community

    SK0042, 2015, Access to Information

  100. Assist Other Countries with Open Access Strategy

    SK0043, 2015, Access to Information

  101. Participatory Policy-Making

    SK0044, 2015, Public Participation

  102. Workshops on Public Involvement in Policymaking

    SK0045, 2015, Capacity Building

  103. Starred commitment Develop Public Policy with Civil Society

    SK0047, 2015, Civic Space

  104. Starred commitment Develop Criteria for Evaluating Participation in Policymaking

    SK0048, 2015, Public Participation

  105. Evaluate Policy Creation

    SK0049, 2015, Public Participation

  106. Map Legislative Environments

    SK0050, 2015, Open Parliaments

  107. Carry Out a Public Campaign to Promote the Collective Electronic Petitions.

    SK0051, 2015, Capacity Building

  108. Publish Evaluation of Justices

    SK0052, 2015, Judiciary

  109. Analyze Publication of Judicial Decisions

    SK0053, 2015, Judiciary

  110. Uniform Reporting of Judicial Decisions

    SK0054, 2015, Judiciary

  111. Publish List of Names of Prosecutors

    SK0055, 2015, Judiciary

  112. Final Evaluation of OGP Action Plan

    SK0056, 2015, Public Participation

  113. Develop Next Action Plan

    SK0057, 2015, Public Participation

  114. Starred commitment Open Data Portal Launch

    SK0001, 2012, Access to Information

  115. Publishing Datasets

    SK0002, 2012, Access to Information

  116. Datasets Mapping

    SK0003, 2012, Access to Information

  117. Data Standards

    SK0004, 2012, Access to Information

  118. Improved Register of Contracts

    SK0005, 2012, Fiscal Openness

  119. Starred commitment Continuous Dataset Publising

    SK0006, 2012, Access to Information

  120. Starred commitment ITMS Dataset

    SK0007, 2012, Access to Information

  121. EU Funds and Subsidies Monitoring

    SK0008, 2012, Fiscal Openness

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

    SK0009, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  123. EU Funds and Subsidies Monitoring – Portal Launch

    SK0010, 2012, E-Government

  124. Participatory Policy Making

    SK0011, 2012, Capacity Building

  125. Starred commitment Apply Participatory Policy Making

    SK0012, 2012, Public Participation

  126. Lawmaking Public Participation Rules

    SK0013, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  127. Participatory Policy Making

    SK0014, 2012, Public Participation

  128. Collective e-Petitions

    SK0015, 2012, E-petitions

  129. Collective e-Petitions – Draft Amendment

    SK0016, 2012, E-petitions

  130. OGP Steering Committee

    SK0017, 2012,

  131. Transparency Council and Openess Barometer

    SK0018, 2012, Access to Information

  132. Develop Criteria for Transparency Council and Openess Barometer

    SK0019, 2012, Access to Information

  133. Conduct First Evaluation Using Openess Barometer

    SK0020, 2012, Access to Information

  134. Whistleblowers Protection Act

    SK0021, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  135. 2014-2015 Action Plan Development

    SK0022, 2012,

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