Albanian officials pledge to implement Open Government recommendation
News Source: Institute of Democracy and Mediation, Albania
Albanian officials have included in the country’s latest Open Government action plan a commitment to follow a recommendation made by a coalition of NGOs during a PASOS project conference in March.
At the March 28 conference in Tirana, the coalition called on the government to include local institutions in the writing of the action plan, and said that “Local institutions should undertake commitments to promote transparent and all-inclusive governance.” The conference was held as part of “Advocacy for Open Government,” an EU-funded PASOS project to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.
In response, officials included in the new action plan for 2014-16 a section on local open government initiatives.
“The Minister of State for Innovation and Public Administration in cooperation with the Minister for Local Affairs and the open government partnership coalition of civil society organization will undertake together the commitment to promote and engage local authorities in the OGP values,” the plan states. “This commitment was proposed by civil society organizations with the aim to introduce and promote the core value of OGP also in the governance of local authorities.
“The aim is to reinforce the participatory mechanism and built open governance also in the local level. Some of the actions that will be undertaken are promoting activities, legal modifications to promote transparency and other OGP values.”
PASOS project partners working on “Advocacy for Open Government” include the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (Albania), Analitika Center for Social Research (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Riinvest Institute for Development Research (Kosovo), Center for Research and Policy Making (Macedonia), Center for Democracy and Human Rights (Montenegro), The Monitoring Center CEMI (Montenegro), and Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (Serbia).
The government issued the action plan in connection with Albania’s participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote open government.