Workshop on Preparation of the OGP Action Plan Held

Workshop on preparation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan for the level of BiH was organised in Sarajevo on 27 July 2018 with support of the Programme for Strengthening of Public Institutions in BiH. Following the conclusion of the Advisory Council for Open Government Partnership from the session held 20 June 2018 on Jahorina the representatives of all four administrative levels are responsible for preparation of action plans and coordination with other relevant institutions. Ministry of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Public Administration Reform Coordinator's Office (PARCO) have held preparatory meetings, identified relevant institutions, sent invititations to representatives of institutions and civil society as well as prepared the materials for workshop.

The workshop was attended by the representatives of four institutions: Ministry of Finance and Treasury of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Agency for Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of Fight Against Corruption of BiH, Agency for Statistics of BiH, and Agency for Public Procurement of BiH. Furthermore, the representatives of four civil society organisations that are represented in the OGP Advisory Council took active part in this workshop: Transparency International BiH (TI BiH), Citizens’ Association “Zašto ne?” (“Why Not?”), Foundation “Centre for Advocacy of Citizens’ Interests” (CPI), and the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIN). The workshop was opened with remarks of Doc. Dr. Dragan Ćuzulan, Public Administration Reform Coordinator and the Chairman of the OGP Advisory Council and Nedžad Salman, Assistant Minister of Justice BiH. During the workshop representative of GIZ Elvis Mujanović, Advisor in the Programme for Strengthening of Public Institutions in BiH, also briefly addressed the participants.

After the presentations of the process of joining the OGP initiative by Bosnia and Herzegovina and the process of establishment and work of the OGP Advisory Council, the institutions’ representatives presented their activities of significance for open government and consulted about them during the workshop with the representatives of civil society.

After consultations and discussions, it has been concluded that the commitments in the first action plan for the level of BiH will refer to the areas of improvement of proactive transparency of public institutions, piloting of open data, improvement of cooperation mechanisms with civil society and strengthening of integrity of civil servants. Based on these general areas the institutions commited to drafting the proposals of commitments that will be further discussed and consulted in the process of drafting the action plan.