Dutch Parliament Says 'Pro-active Openness by Default'

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In its final session before the end of the year, the Dutch Parliament has adopted a motion that calls upon the government to enact pro-active openness by default.

Currently the Dutch FOI and re-use law says that governments must publish on request, which means that government bodies have a passive role in making public information available. The motion turns this into automatic publication of all public material by default by all government bodies, or pro-active publishing.

The motion calls upon the government that pro-active publishing becomes part of the action plan that is currently being written for the Open Government Partnership. Part of that is a current renewal of the Dutch FOI law, which includes the PSI re-use regulations. The motion is calling for a bigger step than the government was contemplating.