The OGP Steering Committee designated the Government of Turkey as inactive in OGP on September 21, 2016 due to failure to deliver a National Action Plan since 2014. OGP rules state that if a country remains inactive for 12 months without re-engaging in OGP, the Criteria and Standards subcommittee will inform the Steering Committee of the situation, and recommend that the country be removed from inactive status and no longer be listed as an OGP participant.
In the last twelve months, the Government of Turkey did not engage with the OGP Steering Committee, and did not publish a new National Action Plan. Therefore, the OGP Steering Committee instructed the Support Unit to end Turkey’s inactive status and its participation in OGP. A letter indicating this decision has been sent to the Government of Turkey.
Please note that during its September 21, 2016 meeting, the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee upheld the resolution they unanimously approved during their Cape Town May 4th, 2016 meeting regarding Turkey’s participation in the Open Government Partnership. For more information on the steps leading up to this decision and what it means for the country’s participation in OGP, please see the media briefing.
UPDATE: On 27 April 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Lütfi Elvan submitted this letter to the OGP Steering Committee. Please see the Steering Committee page for information on any resolution or response.
27 April 2016
To the Distinguished Members of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee and Support Unit
The Government of Turkey has enthusiastically joined the unique initiative of Open Government Partnership (OGP) in order to improve the quality of public services, to enable the participation of citizens and civil society in the policy-making process through OGP principles. However, due to four successive elections within only 21 months; undesirable effects of regional developments, namely the conflict in Syria and the crisis in Iraq, namely the refugee crisis and not the least the increased threat form DEASH and PKK/YPG terrorism, it could not be possible to move forward in this direction. Fortunately, after the establishment of the 64*Government in the aftermath of the November (2015) elections, Turkey reinforced its efforts for its development goals.
On behalf of the Turkish Government, I have the pleasure to inform you that from the beginning of the last quarter of 2015, Turkey took significant action for a more transparent, accountable and open government. During the G20 Summit held in Antalya on 15–16 November 2015, many deliverables were submitted to the Leaders by the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, whose Co-chairs were Turkey and the USA. On 10 December 2015, the Action Plan of the 64* Government, which was prepared with a distinctive reformist approach was announced to the public. On 23 April 2016, a new Anti-Corruption Action Plan was approved by the Ministerial Commission and will be published in the Official Gazette as the Prime Ministry’s Circular in the coming days.
In parallel with all these developments, we would like to reinitiate our OGP process with full enthusiasm. I therefore inform you that we have already started the preparation of a new and more comprehensive action plan for the OGP process and are planning to put it into force before our due time, approximately at the end of June. I should mention at this point that we were informed of a high-level visit from OGP and were preparing to communicate the above stated developments, learned however that the visit could not take place. Nevertheless, I would like to once again reiterate our determination to move forward with the OGP process.
We deeply appreciate your valuable support and consideration.
Deputy Prime Minister
Commitments from last action plan (0)
These commitments are from the most recently processed action plan. The action plan submitted by the government is available below. Because these commitments have not been reviewed by the IRM, the data available may be limited. IRM-reviewed commitments appear in the next section.
Only those commitments reviewed by the OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism appear in the dynamic tool below. The most current commitments can be found in this country’s most recent action plan below.
|Turkey Action Plan 2012-2013||2012 to 2013|
|OGP Letter to Turkey Regarding No IRM Report: April 2014||2014|
|OGP Letter – Turkey – April 2014||2014|
|September 2017 Letter informing ending of Turkey’s participation in OGP||2017|
|Letter on No IRM Review for First AP|