The Ministry of Public Administration and ReSPA will host a regional Open Government Partnership (OGP) conference on October 3rd and 4th at the Avala Hotel in Budva as part of Infofest. The event is organized in cooperation with OGP, ReSPA, the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Government of Montenegro.

The event will bring together ministers of the region, OGP officials, IT experts, as well as representatives of civil society organizations from countries in the region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro).

In the work section of the meeting, participants will discuss the OGP process in their countries and specific issues of open administration, while in the second part there will be a ministerial panel on “How does open administration help reform in the country?”, Open Government and Public Service. ”

The aim of the regional meeting is to exchange experiences and practical solutions related to the implementation of the OGP process in the Western Balkan countries, to better understand the processes and basic requirements of the OGP, to familiarize participants with the latest trends in the field of open administration, to present regional initiatives in this field, and to define common areas of future interventions.

Montenegro joined the OGP for the first time on February 13, 2012 and as a participating country signed the Open Government Declaration. Active status in the Open Government Partnership was re-acquired on November 20, 2018, after the Government of Montenegro adopted a new National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of the Open Government Partnership initiative, co-ordinated by the Ministry of Public Administration.

The Open Government Partnership brings together government reformers, civil society organizations and citizens to work together to establish responsible, transparent and governance at the service of citizens. In order to become a member of the OGP, participating countries must support the High Level Open Government Declaration, adopt an action plan for the country drawn up through public consultation, and commit themselves to reporting independently on their progress. The Open Governance Partnership Initiative was launched on September 20, 2011, when eight founding countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States) adopted the Open Government Declaration and published their action plans. Since 2011, 79 OGP participating countries and 20 subnational governments have made over 3,100 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.

The Partnership for Open Government of Montenegro portal has all the information on the implementation of this initiative in Montenegro.