A new report on open governance in Latvia has been published

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) has published a new report on open government initiatives in Latvia. The report evaluates the Latvia Action Plan 2019-2021, which addresses important national challenges related to government transparency.

The OGP, to which Latvia joined in 2011, is a global partnership that brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to jointly develop action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable. Since joining the OGP, Latvia has introduced a number of significant improvements in open governance, including reforms in public procurement, protection of whistleblowers and transparency of beneficial owners.

Since joining OGP, Latvia has implemented three action plans to ensure greater government transparency. The latest OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) report assesses the fourth Latvia's action plan. The report positively evaluates the commitments on public procurement, disclosure, anti-corruption and transparency in lobbying, which are seen as essential for greater transparency. In view of the forthcoming structural reforms of local government, the commitment to introduce transparency standards and more transparent decision-making at the municipal level is particularly emphasised.

At the same time, the report states that Latvia must continue to work actively to ensure transparency in lobbying. The report also states that anti-corruption initiatives should in future include more community-based measures.

The full report is available here (see bottom of page).