Implementing the 2014-2015 Open Government Partnership Action Plan in Ukraine

Kyiv, 25 September 2015 – The Open Government Partnership Coordination Council in Ukraine held an expanded meeting chaired by its deputy head Oleksandr Ryzhenko, Head of the State Agency for e-Governance.

20150925-sliderMembers of the OGP Coordination Council, representatives of executive authorities, civil society, and international organizations attended the meeting to reflect on the implementation of the 2014-2015 OGP Action Plan commitments and international obligations, as well as discuss future plans of the Open Government Partnership in Ukraine.
Co-chairs of the Coordination Council's Working Groups from executive bodies presented the self-assessment of the Action Plan implementation, while co-chairs from civil society reported civic assessment results.
Out of 26 points in the Action Plan, 19 missed deadlines, while 4 were completed ahead of schedule. Among the completed points, there was the development of the draft law on amendments to some laws of Ukraine on access to public information in the form of open data, which was eventually adopted this April. The United Nations Development Programme was one of the main partners of the government in its efforts toward greater transparency and digital openness, taking the lead in open data for the country.
In the course of 2014-15, UNDP, working side-by-side with civic and government experts, held public consultations and round tables on the issue of the open data launch in Ukraine, supported the First International Open Data Conference in Ukraine, designed a concept for the relevant draft law, and worked closely with the National Agency for e-Governance and the Presidential Administration in order to arrive at an agreed vision shaped as a draft law. The UNDP-supported draft law initiative also became one of the signature products of the Reanimation Package of Reforms e-Governance group, taken up by the Administration of the President as part of a Digital Ukraine legislative package, which was introduced to Parliament and finally passed as a law. In addition, UNDP facilitated the development of terms of references and other supporting documents to pass the National Open Data Portal to the State Agency for e-Governance of Ukraine for full ownership and management.
Among completed tasks, there was also the launch of a pilot version of the Unified State Portal of Administrative Services and development of a unified web portal of using public funds. The Coordination Council agreed about the need to continue developing the e-democracy roadmap and conducting information seminars for local governments to revise using the For Official Use Only designation in city planning documentation. However, civil society drew attention to the lack of communication of the executive authorities and the public during the implementation of certain tasks of the Action Plan.
Prior to the meeting of the Coordination Council, there was a 2-week public discussion of the mid-term report on the 2014-2015 OGP Action Plan implementation. In this context, the Working Groups of the Coordination Council held meetings, during which representatives of executive authorities and civil society discussed the Action Plan' implementation, problems, and solutions.
The draft report was published on the Civil Society and Government website, as well as on the sub-national administrations' websites.