During the expert discussion of contemporary objectives and proposals concerning development of open data in Ukraine held on 14 February, the DiXi Group analyst Andrii Bilous has proposed to include the draft law 6229 on transparency of extractive industries to the Open Data Development Roadmap for 2018-2019.
Based on the achievements in open data development in 2017, experts and representatives of the broad public have jointly outlined a list of challenges and objectives that need to be addressed in the nearest future. In particular, substantial attention was devoted to the discussion of the necessary legislative changes and popularization of open data among journalists, businesses and public authorities.
The passage of the law on transparency of extractive industries will open access to a substantial volume of fiscal information presently closed for the public.
“The passage of this law serves as the basis for creation of a portal offering information in the open data format about activity of extractive companies. In particular, it will open access for the society to such an important information as, for instance, how much taxes companies pay to a local budget and how much goes to the state budget, or how much resources they extracted, and at the same time, this information won’t be aggregated but itemized for every separate company”, Andrii Bilous said.
Fiscal information in the open data format regarding activity of extractive companies is widely used by investigative journalists in countries which implemented the EITI standard.
Experts in open data also stressed the need to amend the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses by introducing more severe sanctions for the untimely publication of information and for publication of poor-quality information.
A draft Open Data Development Roadmap for 2018-2019 is being prepared by specialists of the project “Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services” (USAID та UKaid). Subsequently, this strategic document will be submitted for review and approval by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.