Between 5 to 11 March 2016, the Romanian capital hosts the Open Governance Week 2016 that is conducted under the aegis of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Romania and the Ministry for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue, along with representatives from the civil society, private sector and the diplomatic environment.
The event is attended by the Secretary General of the Government of Moldova and representatives from the E-Government Center, including Iurie Țurcanu, Executive Director and Livia Turcanu, Product Platform Consultant, who held a speech during the Conference dedicated to the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Together with the experts from Bulgaria and Greece, E-Government Center representatives shared the Moldova's experience in the OGP.
According to the organizers, the Open Governance Week provides a great opportunity for debate and exchanges of experience on topics relating to Romania's commitments within the Open Government Partnership, but also contributes to enhancing the transparency of the public institutions’ activity and increasing the level of public participation in the governance processes. The main subjects discussed during the event are the following:
· Open health data
· Increasing transparency of the public procurements
· Open data for smart cities
· Journalism and open data
· Romania's commitments within the Open Government Partnership
· Open Parliament
· Open Justice in Europe and Romania
· Open Education
· Making information more accessible
The Open Governance Week 2016 from Bucharest is taking place within the context of the International Open Data Day, which was celebrated on March 5, 2016. The event is attended by Romanian government officials and special guests such as: Paul Brummell, UK Ambassador to Romania; Anke Ter Hoeve, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Netherlands or Dean Thompson, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Romania.
The Open Government Partnership is an international agreement aimed at engaging governments in promoting transparency, fighting corruption and using new technologies to strengthen the government act and the dialogue with the citizens. The OGP was officially launched in September 2011, when 8 states (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA) have signed the Open Government Declaration and presented their national action plans with a view to achieving the set objectives. Currently, 66 countries from around the world have joined the Open Government Partnership.
Moldova is part of the Open Government Partnership since 2011, and has implemented two action plans as part of this platform so far. We note that previously our country ranked 22nd among the countries included in the Global Open Data Index 2015. Compared to 2014, Moldova climbed 21 positions in the open data world ranking.