Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker
December 2016 Update
To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.
|Open Budget Survey 2015||December 2016 Update|
|Pre-Budget Statement||Published Late||Published Late|
|Executive's Budget Proposal||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Enacted Budget||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Citizens Budget||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|In-Year Reports||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Mid-Year Review||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Year-End Report||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
|Audit Report||Available to the Public||Available to the Public|
As of 31 December 2016, the government of Norway makes seven of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. These are the same documents found to be publicly available in the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014.
To improve budget transparency, Norway should publish a Pre-Budget Statement in a timely manner. For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.
Transparency (Open Budget Index) 84/100
The Government of Norway provides the public with extensive budget information.
Public Participation 75/100
The Government of Norway provides the public with adequate opportunities to engage in the budget process.
By legislature 94/100
Budget oversight by the legislature in Norway is adequate.
By auditor 92/100
Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Norway is adequate.
Norway should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:
- Publish in a timely manner a Pre-Budget Statement.
- Increase the comprehensiveness of the Year-End Report by presenting information on planned versus actual performance and more information on issues beyond the core budget.
Norway should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:
- Provide detailed feedback on how public perspectives have been captured and taken into account.
- Provide detailed feedback on how public assistance and participation has been used by the supreme audit institution.
Norway’s score on the Open Budget Index shows that the government provides the public with substantial information on the central government’s budget and financial activities during the course of the budget year. This gives citizens tools to hold government accountable for its management of the public’s money.