Ms. Mairead McGuinnessMentrim,Drumconrath,Navan, Co. Meath
Open Government Partnership [#ogpEU] 20th June 2013Dear Ms. McGuinness,I have been greatly encouraged by your work as Member of the European Parliament, and with the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and on the Petitions Committee. I wish to bring to your attention an international movement called theOpen Government Partnership(OGP), a global, multilateral
initiative to improve governments through openness and citizen involvement. OGP’s founding member countries - United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa - have since September 2011 been joined by more than fifty other nations. We atActiveCitizenare delighted to have had a role in Ireland’s newcommitmentto
OGP.Minister Brendan Howlin’sstatementthat
“the basic principle that openness, transparency,
integrity and accountability of public administration is fundamental to effective public governance and the practice of democracy”
succinctly summarizes the values and vision of OGP.
ActiveCitizen looks forward to working constructively and purposefully with the Irish government, MEPs and crucially, civil society, as Ireland takes real steps towards achieving the OGP’s stated aims of “more transparent, effective and accountable governments - with institutions that empower citizens and are responsive to their aspirations”.I am convinced that Ireland’s membership of OGP will be of immense advantage to Ireland’s future, but I am concerned by the current lack of awareness at EU level of the OGP process, despite the participation of numerous member states.OGP membership would present the European Union with clear and present opportunities for renewal of social and civic engagement, for restoration of faith in the governing apparatus, and for securing and fortifying the EU’s global reputation. We believe that Ireland initiating discussion