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Last phase of campaigning to improve Spain's weak transparency law: Calls on Senators to act

FotoEncuentroPSOESenadoMadrid, 4 October 2013 – With Spain's future transparency law open for amendments in the Senate until 8 October, Access Info has launched a last campaign for improvements. The goal is to strengthen the law's score of 68 out of 150 on the RTI Rating, and a future position number 75 out of 96 laws globally.

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European Elections 2014: Transparency must be a priority, MEPs told

Election_voterMadrid, 2 October 2013 – In the run up to the European Parliament elections in May 2014, Access Info has today written to all 766 Members of the European Parliament informing them of opinion poll findings which show huge support for transparency in the areas such as the financial crisis and lobbying by business.

Over 80 % of the public wants greater transparency in areas such as Council decision-making, legal opinions on future laws, and spending of EU funds.

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European Court of Justice to take final decision on public access to Council documents

ECJ_court_5_judgesMadrid, 2 October 2013 - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will formally announce its final ruling on the Access Info v Council of the European Union court case on 17 October 2013, after four years of legal battle. The second instance ECJ will now have the final word on whether or not it is legitimate for the Council to systematically blank out the names of Member States in documents summarising legislative negotiations before handing them out to the public.

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RTI Rating: Update and Overview of Results and Trends RTI_map

            Quatlity of access to information laws around the world, www.rti-rating.org

28 September 2013, Halifax/Madrid - Access Info Europe (Spain) and the Centre for Law and Democracy (Canada) are today launching a report providing an analysis of the results and trends in the global RTI Rating, which assesses the legal framework for the right to information (RTI) in every country in the world which has adopted a national RTI law. A major finding of the report is that as international standards have developed laws have got stronger. At the same time, there is still a lot of room for improvement, with only 23 countries scoring more than 100 points.

"Our report shows that RTI laws have steadily improved over time, with the average score climbing from just 78 out of a possible total of 150 in 1995 to an average of 91 for the laws adopted since 2010," said Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy. "This is probably due partly to the fact that later laws can build on the experience of earlier laws, and partly to the fact that there are now stronger and clearer international standards on this key issue."

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