Official letter of the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS) requesting the withdrawal of the amendment regarding the Open Government Partnership

The Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (GFOSS), in the context of its activities for strengthening and promoting transparency has sent an official letter to the Ministers of Finance and Administrative Reform and E-Governance requesting the withdrawal of the amendment that was suggested by the Ministry of Finance, which attempts to allow exceptions to the obligatory online publication of all acts and decisions of Public Administration.

A fundamental principle of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) programme is that any administration decision or act is considered valid from the date that it is made public online. This principle safeguards transparency, since it is very difficult to be circumvented as the OGP is a requirement for the validity of such decisions or acts. It is obvious that the introduction of such new exceptions that diverge from this fundamental principle are not only creating a negative precedent that could potentially reoccur, but it also creates new paths of avoiding the application of the general principles of the OGP program, thus eventually leading to its effective abolition.  To make matters worse, the exceptions refer to not just any kind of Public Administration bodies’ decisions, but decisions and acts regarding the sensitive issue of public expenses approval.

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