Participation in the OGP-process enters next cycle Germany’s Fourth National Action Plan

On August 30, the Federal Cabinet passed the draft of the fourth NAP. Several Länder are also participating. The English translation is now available, as the committments are entering the implementation phase.

Map of Germany comprised of people

Cover illustration from the fourth national action plan

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At its meeting on August 30, 2023 at Meseberg Castle, the Federal Cabinet approved the Fourth National Action Plan (NAP) 2023-2025 as part of Germany's participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

Germany has been taking part in the OGP since December 2016 and is promoting open government nationally and internationally together with 76 other countries. The focus is on strengthening transparency, participation and collaboration.

In this fourth NAP, the federal government outlines its policy with regard to open government. It also contains eleven commitments from nine federal ministries. Transparency projects are reflected e.g. in the areas of arms export control, public-private partnerships, the equivalence report and a federal transparency law. Strengthening participation and inclusion is at the core of projects on citizen discussions on foreign policy, sustainable agriculture as well as action plans against the housing shortage and for new opportunities for children. Data from public purchasing and the environment are made usable and sustainability goals are taken more into account when preparing laws.
There are also four commitments that were contributed by the federal states of Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. They deal with open data and the digitalization of administration.
The action plan once again shows the variety of projects in which open government principles are applied in Germany.

As of December 4, 2023, the official translation of the fourth NAP as well as an executive summary can be accessed  (the PDF meets accessibility standards). the implementation monitoring on the website is available only at the German section of this website.