Spain to chair the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee

Sep 6, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

It has been elected to co-lead from October 2024 this multilateral initiative involving 76 countries, 104 regional and local governments and hundreds of civil society organizations.

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Government Partnership Steering Committee

Spain has been elected as co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Steering Committee and will begin its mandate on October 1, 2024. This recognizes Spain’s great commitment and effort to promote more transparent, participatory and accountable public administrations.

The election of Spain to co-lead this multilateral organization in which 76 countries, 104 regional and local governments and hundreds of civil society organizations participate has taken place at the VIII Global Conference of the Open Government Partnership, which is being held this week in Tallinn (Estonia). Spain is represented at the summit by the Secretary of State for Public Administration, Lidia Sánchez Milán, who has highlighted Spain’s involvement in this global project, given that it is represented in the Alliance by the three levels of public administration.

In fact, in addition to the Government of Spain, the Autonomous Communities of the Basque Country, Catalonia, Aragon, Asturias, the Valencian Community, as well as the Madrid City Council are also members of the OGP. In this sense, Sánchez Milán highlighted Spain’s experience in integrating open government at all levels of administration in order to achieve co-presidency.

Likewise, the Secretary of State has highlighted the “ambition” with which the current IV Open Government Plan (2020-2024) is conceived, which contains more than 110 initiatives at the state, regional and local levels, which shows the “unequivocal will” of all its members to continue advancing in transparency and accountability.

Finally, Sánchez Milán also highlighted the important role that Spain can play among the different OGP member countries as a European country, but also with strong historical and cultural ties with Latin America and intense relations with Africa.

Spain, a member since its foundation
Spain has been a member of this Alliance since its foundation in 2011. A multilateral organization whose objective is to ensure that public administrations act transparently, promote collaboration and citizen participation, and are accountable and inclusive. Within the organization, countries develop Open Government Plans. These are strategic documents in which States make specific commitments in this area.

In 2022, Spain went a step further by applying to join the OGP Steering Committee. This is the highest executive body of the Alliance and is made up of 11 representatives of States and 11 representatives of civil society. Members are elected by ballot for a three-year term, renewable for another three years. Spain was elected last year and will join on October 1, 2023.

At the Tallinn summit, Spain has gone a step further by being elected to co-chair the Steering Committee for the period 2024-2025. The presidency involves leading the Steering Committee, promoting OGP initiatives and leading the thematic areas of open government. In this sense, Spain is committed to promoting with greater commitment those measures that seek greater citizen involvement in public decision-making through deliberative processes.

Organization of the Global Conference 2025
In addition, it also entails organizing a Global Conference in 2025, which will bring together all member states and representatives of civil society that make up the global open government community. It would be the Alliance’s ninth Global Conference, after Brasilia, London, Mexico City, Paris, Tbilisi, Ottawa, Seoul and Tallinn.