WE HAVE TURNED TO THE OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP CONCERNING THE RENEWED RESTRICTIONS REGARDING THE ACCESS TO DATA OF PUBLIC INTEREST

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international initiative founded in 2011 and based on the voluntary participation of countries. Its aim is to facilitate open governing towards citizens and strengthen the transparency of public authorities in participating countries. Launched by 8 countries, the OGP now counts 73 cooperating governments among its ranks with Hungary joining in 2012. The goal of the OGP is to prompt governments into collaborating with NGOs within their respective countries, commit themselves to transparent decision-making and implement measures easing the access to public financial data.

Some of the member states, including Hungary, have failed to take decisive action to justify its commitment towards transparent governing. In order to achieve this, the Hungarian government used the NGOs devoted to working out an open government action plan as figureheads. As a consequence, committed members of the OGP had developed a response policy to call upon renitent member states to respect the principles of the partnership. The most important, and usually most neglected condition by authorities, is the crucial cooperation and substantive dialogue between governments and NGOs.

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