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Below you will find recent statements and press releases from Access Info, organised in chronological order by year.

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Press Releases 2013

El Ministerio de Agricultura mantiene en secreto la ubicación de los campos comerciales transgénicos

Amigos de la Tierra y Access Info Europe recurren para exigir el cumplimiento de la normativa europea

Madrid, 14 de marzo de 2013 – Amigos de la Tierra y Access Info Europe han presentado un recurso ante el Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente exigiendo que cumpla con las normas europeas de transparencia [1] y que publique los datos exactos sobre la ubicación de los campos de cultivos comerciales transgénicos.file_pdf

La Coalición Pro Acceso pide una mejora integral del proyecto de Ley de Transparencia

Madrid, 19 de febrero de 2013 - La Coalición Pro Acceso exige que no se excluya a la sociedad civil del proceso legislativo y hace un llamamiento a realizar una mejora integral del proyecto de Ley de Transparencia, enumerando 5 puntos básicos que debieran ser recogidos en el texto final de la ley.file_pdf

El Gobierno esquiva incluir a los partidos en la Ley de Transparencia

Madrid, 13 de febrero de 2013 - El Presidente del Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy, ha respondido esta mañana en sesión plenaria del Congreso de los Diputados a pregunta del grupo UPyD que va a “promover que los criterios de la Ley de Transparencia se apliquen a los partidos políticos”. Las organizaciones impulsoras de Tuderechoasaber.es, Access Info Europe y la Fundación Ciudadana Civio, consideramos que esta nueva postura constituye una buena noticia, pero no es lo suficientemente concreta ni ambiciosa.file_pdf

European poll reveals widespread concern about EU Transparency

Vast majority of people want more lobbying regulation, ethics and access
to information

Brussels, January 31, 2013 – A majority of people across Europe are concerned about ethics and lobbying in European Union policy-making, and want better regulation of lobbyists, as well as increased transparency of the EU, according to a new opinion poll. [1] The poll conducted by TNS opinion, and completed by over 6,000 people in six European countries, reveals that three quarters (73%) of respondents are concerned that lobbyists representing the business sector have too much influence on EU decisions. 80% of those surveyed believe there should be mandatory regulation of lobbying to ensure a balanced participation of different interests in decision-making.file_pdf

 
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Press Releases 2012

Access Info Europe to pay €3000 for asking about corruption in Spain

Madrid 24 October 2012 – Access Info Europe has been ordered to pay €3000 to the Spanish government for asking what it is doing to fight against corruption according to a decision of the Spanish Supreme Court which has ruled that the NGO has not right to ask for such information. The decision closes a court case based on a information request submitted by an Access Info Europe board member in 2007. Read more...

Eurovegas: Lack of transparency leading to new financial fiascos in Spanish construction sector warns Access Info Europe

Madrid, 6 September 2012 – Transparency specialists Access Info Europe today denounced the tight secrecy surrounding the major casino construction project, Eurovegas, following today’s media reports that it will be built in Alcorcón, on the outskirts of Madrid. Read more...

Nuevo paso en la tramitación opaca de la Ley de Transparencia

Madrid, 30 July 2012 – AEl Consejo de Ministros aprobó el viernes 27 de julio, el proyecto de Ley de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información Pública y Buen Gobierno que se someterá próximamente a debate parlamentario en el Congreso, previa aprobación definitiva. El texto del proyecto de ley, anteriormente expuesto a procesos de consulta, ha sido modificado pero la versión actual no ha sido publicada. Access Info desconoce si el texto actual se ajusta a las repetidas críticas realizadas desde la sociedad civil y la OSCE, y a las recomendaciones ciudadanas, dado que tampoco han sido publicadas las 3.700 aportaciones de la consulta pública. Read more...

European discussions on revision of access to documents rules to render institutions opaque

Brussels/Madrid, 6 June 2012 – A key European transparency law is under threat, according to environmental and transparency organisations. In a letter to the European Council, civil society warn that the current state of negotiations around the access to documents regulation could make it even more difficult for civil society to participate in EU decision making. Any changes to the current regulation should be in line with the European Treaties and international standards. The text put forward by the Danish Presidency – which forms the basis of the negotiations - is of such concern, that in a rare move even some of the ministers involved in negotiations have publicly criticised it. Read more...

Eurovegas: A megaproject betting on secrecy

Madrid, 30 May 2012 –The worrying lack of information about the urban megaconstruction project designed for gambling, entertainment and hosting events was criticised today in a detailed report written by the civil society platform “Eurovegas NO”, which is accusing the Spanish government of violating national and European laws on access to information and public participation. The report “Eurovegas: a megaproject betting on secrecy” provides concrete examples of the opacity that has shrouded the tender process behind this megaproject, which affects urban planning as well as economic, social and fiscal policies which have a direct impact on the public. Read more...

New collection of rendition data brings together records of hundreds of victims and shows involvement of 45 countries

Madrid/London, 22 May 2012 - A global repository of information on rendition and secret detention was launched yesterday (21 May) with a collection of records concerning hundreds of victims and 6500 rendition flights. Extensive data on rendition flights collected by Access Info Europe forms a substantial part of the information being launched by The Rendition Project. The project, led by UK academics and human rights organization Reprieve, is the largest of its kind and collates all information about rendition currently in the public domain. All of the flight data released using access to information laws across Europe and North America has been made available on the website in original formats, including information released to Access Info from nine countries in the last six months. Read more...

   
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Press Releases 2011

German Civil Society website makes it easier to ask for government information

Madrid/Berlin, Friday 1 August 2011 - A coalition of German and international access to information organisations, which includes Access Info Europe, today launched a portal for submitting information requests to the German government.

The German Freedom of Information law came into force in 2006, but the majority of German citizens are still not aware of their right to access information held by public authorities, nor the procedures for doing so.

Developed by the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, the new internet portal “Frag den Staat” (“Ask the State”, website in German) aims to serve as a central online hub for requests addressed to German federal ministries and all federal public bodies. Read more...

Council of the EU fights Open Decision-making - Greece, UK & other Member States to intervene in favour of secrecy

Madrid, 27 June 2011 – The Council of the European Union is appealing against a March 2011 General Court (Court of Justice) ruling that promised to open Brussels law making up to proper scrutiny and participation by members of the European public.

A number of member states are reported to be considering joining this effort to keep EU decision making behind closed doors. Specifically the Council wants to deny European citizens the right to know the positions their governments are taking when negotiating EU regulations, which now affect as much as two thirds of national law. Read more...

Council of Europe and member states urged to act on two-year old promise to review anti-terror laws

Madrid, 10 June 2011 - Human rights, media and journalists’ organisations from across Europe today wrote to the Council of Europe urging it to press member states to act on a promise made in May 2009 to review anti-terror laws for their negative impact on freedom of expression and access to information. Read more...

Spain: Government promises access to information law before summer - Current draft would not guarantee greater transparency

Madrid, 22 June 2011 - Responding to the demands of the “15 May” movement, the Spanish government on 21 June confirmed that it will present an access to information law to the parliament.

Access Info Europe, an NGO specialising in government transparency, welcomed this move, but noted that the current draft law has been severely criticised by national and international experts for falling below the Council of Europe minimum standards. Read more...

Waiting for transparency in Luxembourg: Eleven Years and Counting

Madrid, 20 June 2011 – Today marks exactly eleven years since Luxembourg's “freedom of access to information” law was first proposed, but the law has not yet been adopted. Luxembourg is one of the only countries in the European Union (and the wider Council of Europe region) not to have such a law. Read more...

Insufficient statistics undermine EU's claim that retention of personal data is effective in fighting crime

18 April 2011, Madrid - There are serious risks associated with the massive invasion of perosnal privacy required by the EU's 2006 Data Retention Directive whilst there is no strong evidence that is an effective instrument against crime according to the leaked version of an EU report to be lauched officially today. Read more...

General Court of the European Union rules refusal illegitimate - Access Info wins vs. EU Council

22 March 2011, Brussels/Madrid - The General Court of the European Union today found that the Council of the EU wrongly refused to disclose the identity of countries taking positions on reform of the EU’s access to documents rules. Read more...

16 of 27 Member States refuse to provide information on EU transparency negotiations

21 March, Brussels/Madrid - European citizens can’t find out from either Brussels or from national governments which countries are lobbying against EU transparency, according to a report launched by the NGO Access Info Europe this week. Read more...

Open Cyprus Project finds massive violations of public’s right to know in largest access to information monitoring in Cyprus file_pdf

24 February, Nicosia - With a level of 75% of administrative silence in response to information requests, public bodies across the island are violating the public’s fundamental right to know according to the Open Cyprus Project. Launching a public consultation on the findings and recommendations that will run to 10 June, the Open Cyprus Project called for journalists, civil society organisations, public officials and members of the public to give their opinions on the right to know via the website: www.accessinfocyprus.eu

Global Call for MEPs to Protect the Transparency of the European Union

Over 180 organisations, journalists and campaigners call for MEPs to reject measures to limit public access to information

28 January, Brussels/London/Madrid - 131 non-governmental organisations along with 56 investigative journalists, academics, and access to information campaigners from 48 countries in Europe and beyond are calling on Members of the European Parliament to act urgently to protect EU transparency rules. The call comes as the European Union engages in a review of its access to documents regulation that could result in freedom of information being severely curtailed across Europe. html_icon odf2odt-16x16 file_doc file_pdf

Campaign against narrowing of EU Access to Documents Rules - Sign the open letter to MEPs

18 January 2011, Madrid - Access Info Europe this week called for signatures for an open letter to Members of the European Parliament as part of its campaign to stop narrowing of the EU's rules on access to documents, Regulation 1049/2001. html_icon odf2odt-16x16 file_docfile_pdf

   
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Press Releases 2010

Access Info Europe participa en la consulta pública sobre la Ley de reutilización de la información del sector público

Madrid 15 de diciembre de 2010- Access Info Europe ha respondido con sus comentarios a la consulta pública lanzada por el gobierno sobre la reforma de la Ley de reutilización de la información pública, donde reconoce el enriquecimiento que aporta este real decreto a la transparencia en España pero apunta que no es suficiente y que se debe aprobar una ley de transparencia y acceso a la información. Leer más...

Global protest against proposed controls on who uses French Government information

Madrid/Paris 14 December 2010- 35 civil society organizations and many international experts on freedom of expression from 25 countries today sent a letter (here) to the French Minister of Interior Brice Hortefeux and members of parliament calling for the withdrawal of a proposed law allowing the authorities to carry out “behaviour checks” on members of the public and organisations wanting to reuse information obtained from public bodies. Read more...

France proposes police controls on who uses public information

Madrid/Paris, 23 November 2010 – A law to be discussed in the French parliament before the end of 2010 will result in the police carrying out “behaviour” checks on members of the public and organisations wanting to reuse information obtained from public bodies. The likely effect is to severely limit access to information and freedom of expression. Read more...

Draft Transparency Law begins legislative process behind closed doors

Madrid, 17 August 2010 Spanish Daily El País announced on 16 August that the Spanish Council of Ministers is about to consider for approval the draft Transparency and Access to Information law, thereby initiating the legislative process. Access Info Europe renewed its call for full public consultation on the proposed law. Read more...

Anti-Corruption groups call for reform of access laws in Bosnia, Croatia and Montenegro

Sarajevo, 1 June 2010 – Access Info Europe and leading anti-corruption organisations TI BiH, TI Croatia, and MANS, today presented recommendations  for urgent reform of the access to information laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro. (Click here to read the recommendations). The organisations argue that chronic lack of transparency in the Western Balkans is hindering the fight against corruption. Read more...

EU's Directorate General for Trade urged to improve internal access guidelines

Madrid, 8 April 2010 – Access Info Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory this week submitted a new round of comments to the EU’s Directorate General for Trade on its internal guidelines for access to documents, the controversial “Vademecum” first leaked to the public in March 2009 and revised by DG Trade in June 2009 following a strong reaction by the public. Read more...

OSCE Media Freedom Representative launches Legal Leaks Toolkit

Berlin, 3 May 2010 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, launched a Europe-wide guide for journalists on how to access government information today, marking World Press Freedom Day. Read more...

New initiative tests access to information in 21 countries

Berlin/Madrid, 3 May 2010 – The public right to request information held by public authorities will be tested through a global initiative to obtain information on 21 countries’ implementation of anti-corruption efforts. Read more ...

Open Cyprus Coalition celebrates World Press Freedom Day

Nicosia, 3 May 2010 – The Open Cyprus Coalition today marked World Press Freedom Day by renewing the call for full recognition of the right of access to information. Access Info Europe notes that jounalists have great difficulty obtaining information in Cyprus, one of the only EU countries without a full access law. Read more...

Montenegrin Government Releases EU Accession Questionnaire

Madrid/Brussels/Podgorica, 14 April 2010 – Access Info Europe and MANS today welcomed the release on Monday, 12 April 2009, by the Montenegrin government of its replies to the European Union’s pre-accession questionnaire. Both the European Commission and the Montenegrin government had previously refused access and the NGOs had launched litigation against the refusal. Read more...

Open Cyprus Project launched by civil society from north and south of divided island

Nicosia, 12 April 2010 – Three civil society organisations today launched a bicommunal coalition to promote the right of access to information and public participation in Cyprus. Access Info Europe joined the NGOs KAB and IKME in the campaign to have the right of access to information recognised in law and in practice in Cyprus. Read more...

The Coalición Pro Acceso puts transparency of Spanish institutions to the test

Madrid, 5 April 2010 – In view of the lack of transparency of Spanish public bodies as well as the lack of access to information legislation, the Coalicion Pro Acceso has today launched the “100 Question Campaign” they expect that through this campaign the need for more openness will be clearly demonstrated. Read more...

Supreme Court Challenge to Spanish Government Silence On Anti-Corruption Measures

Madrid, 19 January 2010 ― A legal challenge against the failure of Spain’s Ministry of Justice to respond to citizens’ questions about measures to combat corruption today reached the Spanish Supreme Court. The NGO Access Info Europe is asking the Court to uphold the right of access to information in Spain. Read more...

   
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Press Releases 2009

Ireland, Germany, Spain lagging behind on police transparency

Madrid, 26 November 2009 ― Ireland is the only country in Europe to exclude the police from the scope of its freedom of information law, in Germany the right to know does not apply to all police forces, and Spain is the largest EU country without an access to information law and so no public right to obtain information from the police. These findings are contained in report by Access Info called “The Right to Know: Europe and the Police”. Read more...

Report: Internal Guides and DG Practices Discourage Access to EU Documents

19 November 2009 - Access Info and Corporate Europe Observatory will be meeting with DG Trade to discuss its controversial internal guide on access to documents, leaked in April and amended in June following protests from civil society. Particularly controversial was the guidance (now deleted) on not recording relations with industry lobbyists: such as “don't refer to the great lunch you have had with an industry representative privately or add a PS asking if he/she would like to meet for a drink”. Read more...

Report: Lack of Transparency of Aid Funds Leads to Corruption and Ineffectiveness

Madrid, 20 October 2009 ― Donor governments are failing to make available the information needed to prevent corruption in international aid projects and to permit taxpayers to evaluate the effectiveness of aid spending, according to a new report launched today by transparency NGO Access Info Europe. Read more...

UK government will not sign World’s First Treaty on Access to Information

Madrid, London 29 June 2009 ― Freedom of Information campaign groups today criticised the UK Government’s decision not to sign the world’s first binding treaty on access to official information. Despite the Prime Minister’s recent statement promising greater freedom of information , the Government has confirmed it will not currently sign the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents. Read more...

12 States Sign World’s First Treaty on Access to Information

Madrid, 19 June 2009 ― Twelve European countries - Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, and Sweden - today became the first states to sign the world’s first treaty on access to information - the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents. Read more...

European Court of Human Rights Recognises Right of Access to Information

Madrid, 14 April 2009 ― Access Info Europe welcomes today's ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in which it recognises that when public bodies already hold information that is needed for public debate, the refusal to provide it to those who are seeking it is a violation of the right to freedom of expression and information. Read more...

Access Info presents “Five Principles for an Open and Accountable NATO”

Madrid/Brussels, 4 April 2009 ― Access Info Europe today called on NATO to adopt an information openness policy consistent with the access to information laws already in place in the Alliance’s 28 member countries. It is the only major intergovernmental body not to have even a basic information disclosure policy. Read more...

Council of the European Union refuses to release legal advice

Madrid/Brussels, 24 March 2009 ― Going against rulings of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the "Turco case", the Council of the European Union has refused to release legal advice about its proposed reforms to the EU access to documents rules. Access Info yesterday (23 March 2009) filed a legal appeal against this refusal arguing that recent decisions of the ECJ make clear that legal advice relating to the legislative process should be made public. Read more...

European Court of Human Rights Says Laws Can Never Be Secret

Madrid, 10 March 2009 ― Access Info welcomes the European Court of Justice ruling on 10 March 2009 that it is illegal to enforce against individuals a law which has not been made public. The case referred to rules governing what cannot be carried onto aircraft, which for years after they were first adopted in 2002 were kept secret, violating the fundamental principle that a law is not a law until it has been published. Read more...

British Government’s Veto on Release of Iraq Cabinet Minutes

Madrid, 25 February 2009 ― The British government’s decision to veto release of the Iraq cabinet minutes undermines the role of the judiciary to ensure that public authorities uphold the law, according to international human rights organisation Access Info Europe. Read more...

EU conceals government positions on reform of transparency rules

Madrid, 20 January 2009 ― An attempt by the European Union to conceal the positions taken by individual member governments on the reform of EU transparency rules has met with a legal challenge by Access Info Europe. The human rights organization argues that the public has a right to know whether their elected representatives are acting in discussions on the future transparency Europe’s super-state. Read more...

 

   
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Press Releases 2008

Council of Europe Adopts Second-rate Treaty on Access to Information

London, Madrid 2 December 2008 – Three leading international human rights groups today criticized the Council of Europe's decision on November 27 to adopt the Convention on Access to Official Documents without spending the time even to discuss major concerns raised by members of parliament, over 250 civil society groups, a dozen European information commissioners and several governments. Read more...

Leaked documents show plans to reject Parliamentarians’ opposition to Convention

London, Madrid 26 November 2008 - Documents obtained by human rights groups show that the Council of Europe took a decision on 12 November to reject the Parliamentary Assembly’s concerns, but this information has been kept from the public. Under the arcane internal rules of the Council of Europe, the formal adoption of the treaty on 27 November should take place “without debate”. Read more...

Council of Europe Refuses Access to Information on Draft Transparency Convention

London, Madrid 25 November 2008 - The Council of Europe has formally refused make public its plans to adopt the much-criticised Convention on Access to Official Documents on 27 November. The decision to adopt the convention overrides the concerns raised by parliamentarians representing over 800 million people in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, who have called for the treaty to be redrafted. Read more...

Sweden accused of Secrecy over Convention on Transparency

21 November 2008 - Sweden’s six-month Chairmanship of the Council of Europe will end on Thursday 27 November with the adoption of the Convention on Access to Official Documents. The Swedish government pledged to make the Council of Europe more transparent but, in spite of this, is overseeing adoption of the world’s first Convention on Access to Official Documents under a shroud of secrecy which makes it impossible for parliamentarians, civil society and journalists to know how decisions are being taken. Read more...

Council of Europe Accused of Secrecy Over Convention on Transparency

London, Madrid 17 November 2008 - Human rights organisations working on government transparency filed a request last week with the Council of Europe for information about the Convention on Access to Official Documents. The convention, still in draft form, has been heavily criticised and is being finalized under a shroud of secrecy. Read more...

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt Urged to Defend Europeans' Right to Know

Strasbourg, 6 November 2008 - Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who is currently chairing the Council of Europe, was today called on to defend the public’s right to know on 27 November by not adopting without changes the Council of Europe’s draft Convention on Access to Official Documents. Read more...

European Parliamentarians call on Council of Europe to Redraft Substandard Convention

Strasbourg, 6 October 2008 ― The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Friday (3 October 2008) adopted unanimously a resolution expressing concern that the world’s first treaty intended to guarantee public access to information had significant flaws. In a rare step, PACE called for the Convention on Access to Official Documents to be redrafted. Read more...

Spain: Study reveals citizens’ requests meet with silence and absurd answers

Madrid, 1 October 2008 ― A report by Access Info Europe published today reveals that of over forty requests filed with more than twenty public bodies in Spain during the past year, a full 78% did not receive the requested information. The report “When Public Information is Not Public” sets out the unexpected and unacceptable answers by the Spanish administration in response to information requests. Read more...

Spain's Ministry of Culture refuses information claiming documents “aren't part of a file”

Madrid, 17 September 2008 ― Access Info Europe today launched its campaign to litigate in defence of the right of access to information in Spain with a legal challenge against the Ministry of Culture for refusing to release information on how copyright royalties are spent, under the pretense that the documents requested "are not part of a file". Read more...

Access Info welcomes OAS Principles on Right of Access to Information

Madrid, 11 August 2008 ― Access Info Europe welcomes the adoption on 7 August 2008 by the Organization of American States (OAS) of a set of Principles on the right of access to information1, and calls on the Council of Europe to recognise the same high standard in its future Convention on Access to Official Documents, due to be finalised and adopted in the last quarter of 2008. Read more...

Draft Access Convention falls further below widely accepted standards

Strasbourg, 27th March 2008 ― The Council of Europe’s meeting of the CDDH in Strasbourg, the Steering Committee on Human Rights yesterday (Wednesday 26 March) adopted the draft text of the proposed Convention on Access to Official Documents without incorporating any of the changes proposed by the Slovenian government which were supported by 10 Information Commissioners and substantially reflected the proposals made by Civil Society. The most shocking development was the introduction of an exception to exclude Heads of State from the scope of the right to information. Read more...

Draft European Convention on Access to Official Documents: Seven Key Problems

Strasbourg, 3 March 2008 ― After the final drafting session of the Group of Specialists in Strasbourg (12-15 February 2008), the current version of the draft European Convention on Access to Official Documents, when read together with the text of its Explanatory Memorandum, continues to have serious problems and fails to guarantee a full right of access to information in seven principal ways. Read more...

   
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Press Releases 2006 and 2007

Campaign on European Treaty: Government responses

News update, 11 December 2007 - The Council of Europe’s main Human Rights Committee decided on Wednesday 7 November 2007 to postpone until April 2008 the adoption of the draft European Convention on Access to Official Documents in order to give member states time for consideration of outstanding problems with the draft text. Read more...

International Human Rights Day 2007

Madrid, 10 December 2007 - International Human Rights Day (10 December) sees the launch by Access Info of a pan-European campaign that is calling on governments and the Council of Europe to give full recognition to the right of access to information. The central message of the "Recognise My Right" campaign is that, given that access to information is now established in international law as a human right, national governments should also give the right full recognition. Read more...

Council of Europe Delays Convention to Discuss Range of Problems with Text

Strasbourg, 9 November 2007 - The Council of Europe’s main Human Rights Committee decided on Wednesday 7 November 2007 to postpone until April 2008 adoption of the draft European Convention on Access to Official Documents in order to give member states time for consideration of outstanding problems with the draft text. These problems were presented by over 250 civil society organisations, the Information Comissioners of eight member states, the Slovenian Government, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Read more...

CoE Urged Not to Adopt Access Convention Without Further Discussion

Strasbourg, 5 November 2007 - The Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on Human Rights (CDDH) has been urged not to adopt the draft text of the future European Convention on Access to Official Documents when it meets on Wednesday 7 November in Strasbourg. Instead, the CDDH should allow time for further consideration of the outstanding problems with the draft, for finalisation of the Explanatory Memorandum which will interpret the text of the Convention, and for the options to enter reservations on the future treaty to be defined. Read more...

Council of Europe Specialists Refuse to Consider Proposals to Improve Draft Treaty

Strasbourg, 15 October 2007 - A group of 14 country specialists meeting on 9-12 September in Strasbourg refused to consider proposals to bring the future European Convention on Access to Official Documents into line with the prevailing standards in the 47 countries of the Council of Europe. Various recommendations made by civil society, the OSCE and other Information Commissioners were dismissed without discussion. Read more...

Calls for Stronger Access to Information Treaty ahead of Final Drafting Meeting

Strasbourg, 8 October 2007 - Information Commissioners from six European countries have added their voices to a broad coalition of over 500 NGOs and individuals calling on the Council of Europe to reinforce its proposed European Convention on Access to Official Documents. The drafting group, which convenes for its last scheduled meeting from October 9 – 12, also faces calls from the OSCE to ensure the final text does not fall below existing European standards. Read more...

Council of Europe urged to recognise full right of access to info

Strasbourg, 15 November 2006 -Three leading freedom of information organizations are calling on the Council of Europe to broaden its future treaty on access to official documents to a wider treaty on access to information. Access Info Europe, Article 19 and the Open Society Justice Initiative today presented to the Council of Europe a new study that shows that the great majority of Council of Europe countries recognise a broad right of access to all information held by all public bodies, rather than the narrower right of access to "official documents". Read more...

Inter-American Court Recognises Right of Access to Government Information

Madrid, 11 October 2006 - Access Info Europe welcomes today’s ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that recognizes a general human right of access to government-held information, the first such ruling by an international tribunal. This ruling establishes that government silence in the face of information requests by the public is not only unacceptable, it’s a violation of a fundamental human right, the right to ask and the right to know. Read more ...