The Open Government Partnership has opened the public consultation on the independent report that assesses the design and commitments of the first Open Government Action Plan of Euskadi (2018-2020). The report has been prepared by members of the Center for Applied Ethics of the University of Deusto (CEA) and the Interdisciplinary Research Platform Strengthening Participation: Javier Arellano, Ander Audikana and Xabier Riezu. Comments can be submitted through this page until the 19th September 2019.
The CEA researchers were selected last year by the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to analyse the action plan development process and the commitments made by the Basque institutions to increase transparency, accountability and citizenship participation in the government.
The Open Government Partnership is an international organisation based in Washington aiming to evaluate and develop mechanisms to promote “more open, responsible and citizen-sensitive” governments. Countries join OGP through the development of an action plan, which is developed in collaboration with civil society. These action plans translate countries’ political will in concrete actions. Each action plan contains specific commitments to increase transparency, accountability and citizenship participation in the government. These commitments are subject to an evaluation process for which OGP selects independent researchers on the basis of their academic profile and the ability to interact with different stakeholders. In the case of Euskadi, the Action Plan has been jointly presented by the Basque Government, the Provincial Councils of Araba, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa and the City Councils of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Donostia-San Sebastián and Bilbao.