The initiatives of this category deal with the transformation of democracy in the digital age. Open Government initiatives, often referred to as e‑government, e‑parliament or democracy 2.0, aim to re‑establish the link between citizens and officials by increasing transparency and collaboration. They create spaces for citizens to share their vision for society and debate policy choices or to oversee the integrity of democratic institutions and the quality of public services. Do such initiatives help to improve institutional performance or do they pose a challenge for democracy in terms of data protection and privacy?

Group of States against Corruption - GRECO of the Council of the Council of Europe

Preventing corruption in the legislative and executive branches of powers, and increasing the transparency and supervision of political financing are among GRECO’s top priorities. Many significant reforms are being conducted in the member States (on declaratory obligations, financial transparency, rules of conduct, management of conflicts of interest, gifts and other benefits, lobbying and other third party contacts, effective supervision etc). The process can be lengthy and cumbersome but the reforms are essential in the current context. The combination of efforts of international organisations and of domestic institutions and civil society is instrumental.