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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.

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Norway

According to Norwegian fiscal guidelines, the budget policy shall contribute to stable economic development. In January 2009, as a response to the financial crisis, the Norwegian government proposed to the parliament expansionary amendments to the 2009 Fiscal Budget, which were adopted with only minor changes. Measured as the change in the non-oil structural budget deficit as a share of non-oil GDP, the fiscal stimulus was estimated at three percentage points. This fiscal response was among the strongest among OECD member countries (later revisions have brought the calculated stimulus down to 2.1 percentage points).

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