EU lobby register: still failing to deliver real transparency
Madrid/Brussels, 27 January 2015 - New research, published today, shows that the EU lobby register is failing to provide full transparency on lobbying as many financial lobbyists, major corporations, law firms and lobby consultancies that are actively working to influence EU law, are still not registered.
The research by the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), which is led by a steering committee that includes Access Info, demonstrates that the current voluntary approach to lobby regulation does not provide full transparency of lobbying in Brussels. In addition, the European Commission's current proposal to enact a new lobby register through another inter-institutional agreement will not actually be legally binding on lobbyists.
La Coalición Pro Acceso critica las graves carencias con las que entra en vigor la ley de transparencia
Madrid, 19 de diciembre de 2014 – La Coalición Pro Acceso, plataforma creada en 2006 para promover la aprobación de una ley de transparencia en España, denuncia la baja calidad de la ley de transparencia y considera inaceptable la terrible implementación que empezó el pasado 10 de diciembre.
Además de las limitaciones que recoge a propia ley es realmente alarmante la denegación tácita del derecho a solicitar información que solo puede ser ejercido a través del portal de transparencia y si se cuenta con un DNIe, un certificado digital o si se entrega un teléfono o un número de cuenta. "Es sin ninguna duda la ley más restrictiva del mundo en cuanto a los requisitos para solicitar información y va en contra del Convenio del Consejo de Europa sobre Acceso a Documentos Oficiales", comentaba Victoria Anderica, coordinadora de campañas de Access Info Europe.
Access Info Europe presents complaint to Spanish Ombudsman over poor implementation of the right of access to information
Madrid, 17 December 2014 - Access Info Europe today presented a complaint to the Spanish Ombudsman raising concerns about obstacles to the right to request information under the Spain’s transparency law that entered into force on 10 December 2014.
There are two elements to the complaint: First, that requesters may only send information requests via the Transparency Portal by complicated and time-consuming process, which resulted in no member of Access Info Europe has yet having completed the bureaucratic steps necessary to be able to submit a request. Secondly, requesters are required to use official and verified identification in order to make an access to information request.
Juncker Commission breaks promise to create a mandatory lobby register, say transparency campaigners
Brussels, 17 December 2014 - According to ALTER EU transparency campaigners , the proposal by the Juncker Commission - as part of its 2015 work plan announced today - to introduce a mandatory lobby register on the basis of an inter-institutional agreement is misleading because such an agreement will not be binding on lobbyists.
A revised lobby register based on an inter-institutional agreement will lack mechanisms for verifying whether the information in the register is correct and will mean that there is no possibility to apply effective sanctions when incorrect information has been provided. This is the situation currently and a new inter-institutional agreement will not change that.
This view is backed by the European Parliament which in April 2014 called for the Commission "to submit, by the end of 2016, a legislative proposal for the establishment of a mandatory register".  It has also passed similar resolutions in 2008 and 2011. The European Ombudsman has also recently publicly called for a mandatory lobby register to be supported by a legislative proposal. 
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