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MEP Julia Reda questions European Commission on postal address policy

Madrid, 12 February 2015A Member of the European Parliament, Julia Reda (Pirate Party, Germany), has filed a Parliamentary Question calling on the European Commission  to provide justifications for its policy of refusing to register access to documents requests if citizens do not provide their personal postal address.

Access Info Europe welcomes this investigation into the postal address policy, introduced on 1 April 2014, which the Commission has stated is necessary because it is "increasingly confronted with cases where applicants seem to hide behind false identities".

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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.

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La Coalición Pro Acceso critica las graves carencias con las que entra en vigor la ley de transparencia

CPAMadrid, 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.

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Access Info Europe presents complaint to Spanish Ombudsman over poor implementation of the right of access to information

transp_portal_errorsMadrid, 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.

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