The Call for Innovative and Open Government

An Overview of Country Initiatives

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This report presents an overview of country initiatives concerning efficient, effective public services and open and innovative government. It focuses on four core issues:  delivery of public services in times of fiscal consolidation; a more effective and performance-oriented public service; promotion of open and transparent government; and strategies for implementation of a reform agenda.  These issues were discussed at the OECD Public Governance Ministerial Meeting held in Venice, Italy, in November 2010, hosted by the Italian Ministry for Public Administration and Innovation.



The Estonian economy began to soften towards the end of 2007 (as part of the natural economic cycle). Less than a year later, as the global financial crisis spread to the real economy, and in response to an expanding fiscal gap, the Estonian government revised the 2009 budget. Three supplementary budgets representing 9.3% of GDP were passed in 2009. Roughly half came from expenditure cuts and the other half from increased revenues (both taxes and other income, such as extra dividends from state-owned companies).


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