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OGP countries need to take the Right to Information seriouslyOGP_london_summit_13

Halifax/Madrid, 1 November 2013 - Global right to information organisations Access Info Europe (AIE) and the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) today called on Open Government Partnership (OGP) Participating Countries to make serious commitments to strengthen their right to information laws in the next round of action plans, due to be presented in April 2014.

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OGP civil society organisations concerned about disproportionate surveillance by governments

Surveillance_camerasLondon, 1 November 2013 - OGP civil society organisations have expressed their concern, in a public statement made today, about the contraditions between recent revelations on disproportionate government surveillance on the one hand, and their OGP commitment to more transparent, accountable, responsive and effective government, on the other.

It comes after the final plenary session on the first day of the London OGP Summit when Indian Human Rights campaigner Aruna Roy challenged US Secretary of State John Kerry on the revelations of mass surveillance of populations around the world by the US government.

You can read a copy of the letter, and a full list of signatories as of 1 November 2013, below.

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Access Info and ALTER EU launch a petition calling for full EU lobby transparency

Brussels/Madrid, 29 October 2013 - Access Info as part of the ALTER-EU coalition of civil society organisations have launched a petition for citizens to call for a mandatory and detailed lobby register for the European Union.

The petition is being sent to Rainer Wieland MEP, European Parliament Vice-President for Transparency and chair of the group to review the EU lobby register.

Sign the petition here!

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European Court of Justice rules in favour of greater transparency of the Council of the EU

Opinion and Comment by the Access Info International Advisory Board

Madrid, 22 October 2013 - After the landmark final ruling last week by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) that completely dismissed the Council of the European Union's appeal, in a five year battle over making public access to documents containing proposals by Member States during the negotiations on the revision of Regulation 1049/2001, the Advisory Board of Access Info Europe offer their opinions and comments to the importance of this case for the right of access to information in Europe and globally.

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