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Conference report - summary and materials


An international conference entitled “From Crisis of Trust to Open Governance” was held on March 5 and 6,  2012 in Bratislava.

We would like to  thank all speakers and participants at the conference for their support for open governance, transparency and use of information technology to provide access to public administration data and active involvement in discussions.

The conference was opened by Prime Minister Iveta Radičová and European Union's Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes. The Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for the Development of the Civil Society Filip Vagač presented Slovakia's Open Government Partnership Action Plan which is a commitment arising from the Open Government Partnership Initiative.

The goals of the Open Government Partnership and achieved accomplishments in the countries having initiated the Partnership were presented by US Ambassador to the Slovak Republic Theodore Sedgwick and British Ambassador to the Slovak Republic Susannah Montgomery.

Andrew Stott, member of the Transparency Board and Director of the Transparency and Digital Engagement at the UK Cabinet Office, shared the United Kingdom's experience in open data.

The challenges associated with the implementation of the Open Government Partnership Action Plan in Slovakia were discussed between:

•             Viktor Nižňanský, Head of the Government Office of the Slovak Republic
•             Mária Kolíková, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic
•             Zuzana Poláčková, Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic
•             Rastislav Rybanič, Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
•             Peter Markovič, Secretary of the Ministerial Board and Deputy of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

Subsequently, participants and speakers discussed specific best practices at four workshops:
  1. Open Data: New Method of Thinking about the Dissemination of Information,
  2. Public Participation in Public Administration and Public Policy-Making,
  3. Media as Guardians over Transparency,
  4. New or Better Services as a Product of Open Governance.
The second day of the conference was dedicated to the discussions about challenges present in the development of civil society in Slovakia and the Strategy of Civil Society Development in Slovakia.

The discussion on the challenges to the development of civil society was launched by Martin Bútora – Institute for Public Matters, Boris Strečanský – Centre for Philanthropy and Martin Potůček – Centre for Social and Economic Strategies. The opening speeches were followed by  discussions in smaller groups as to the readiness of non-governmental organizations and active citizens to respond to the challenges they  face today. 

Photo Gallery:

Filip Vagač: Open Government Partnership Initiative Action Plan
Andrew Stott: Open Government Data
Marcus M. Dapp: Potential of Open data
Ľubor Illek: Open data
Roman Haken: Public Engagement
Karolína Miková: Public Participation and Deliberation in Public Policy-Making
Gabriel Šípoš: Open Data and Media
Andrew Stott: Open Data and Governance to Improve Public Services