Lithuania: Fostering Open and Inclusive Policy Making

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This review analyses open government principles and practices in Lithuania with the aim to support the government of Lithuania in its current and future public governance reforms. In this context, the OECD examines the role of the centre of government as a catalyst for open government reforms, analyses citizens' participation as a key open government practice and explores the opportunities and challenges of digital government as enabler for open government. It examines open government at the level of central government, complemented by a health sector case study. The book presents practical recommendations to assist the government in delivering on its commitment to enhance openness and inclusiveness of policy making and service delivery, and to strengthen government-citizen relations.



The context for open government reforms in Lithuania

This chapter presents an overview of the major reform stages Lithuania has gone through, from the Soviet heritage to post-EU accession. Subsequently, future public administration needs are contextualised by sketching out some growth and well-being indicators, i.e. the country’s economic performance, its public finances and some key social data. This is followed by a short overview of some challenges Lithuania needs to consider to ensure that its public policies and institutions are fit for purpose. These challenges include enhanced public engagement in public policy, fostered trust in public institutions and forward-looking reform consolidation. Finally, open government is introduced as a way forward to address the observed challenges.


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