On May 7, Open Government Week was kicked off in Ukraine.
The week started with the "The Government is open!" event attended by representatives of NGOs from Kyiv and regions.
In his opening statement, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stressed that Open Government Week is not a formal event, but rather an opportunity to understand each other and to continue shaping the agenda. "There is no plan or report of the Government that would not be brought up for discussion with the public. Together we will be able to build a new and successful Ukraine. If there is no consolidation between the central authority and the public - the gap will only become deeper. We are committed to moving on by strengthening decentralization and increasing accountability and responsibility", Volodymyr Groysman claimed.
The attendees had an opportunity to get acquainted with information on important directions of implementation of the international initiative "Open Government Partnership" during 2011-2018 in Ukraine. The following informational sessions were held:
- "Open Government Partnership" initiative: a platform for implementing change";
- "Government public initiative" Together Against Corruption: Partnership Experience";
- "Transparency of Public Procurement";
- "New Faces of Public Administration: The History of Success";
- "Police and Community Interaction (Community Policing)";
- "Transparency of extractive industries";
- "Participation budget".
Following the close of the event, representatives of regional NGOs took part in a tour of the Government House.