posted on behalf of DPER
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin T.D., will host the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Europe Regional Meeting in Dublin Castle on 8 & 9 May.
The agenda comprises both working group and plenary sessions addressed by a range of invited experts from across Europe and will include a number of Ministers.
Day 1 of the conference will focus on themes including legislative openness, measuring progress in open government, best practice in Nordic countries, the EU’s role in promoting transparency and accountability.
Day 2 of the conference has a significant open data theme throughout the day beginning with –
· a private sector panel (speakers including Microsoft, IBM and SME sector) who will discuss how the private sector can contribute to open government through technology and corporate transparency; and a session on open government and public services and the economic impact of open data; and
· other sessions will include fiscal openness, citizen participation, whistleblowing, access to information and open contracting.
Ireland is relatively new to the OGP. Minister Howlin attended the OGP London Summit at end October last year, where he announced a number of significant Open Data initiatives for Ireland. Ireland’s hosting of this meeting as a new joiner demonstrates a strong commitment to open government and to the OGP. The meeting also aims to facilitate peer learning on aspects of the OGP and to increase awareness of the partnership in Europe. It will provide an excellent opportunity for government ministers, officials and members of civil society organisations from across Europe to gather and discuss their involvement and experiences of the OGP and to engage with a range of issues relating to the OGP process.
The relevant link is http://www.opengovpartnership.org/get-involved/europe-regional-meeting and the agenda is available at http://www.opengovpartnership.org/get-involved/europe-regional-meeting/agenda
If you have any queries or be interested in attending, email OGPDublin2014@per.gov.ie