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Civil society groups warn UK Lobbying Bill is too weak on transparency

david_cameronLondon, 9 September 2013 - Access Info Europe, together with 14 other civil society groups from the UK, is urging the British Government to redraft the proposed Lobbying Bill so that it provides the public with a genuine opportunity to scrutinise the activities of lobbyists.

The letter sent today to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, calls for a more thorough transparency register which is not restricted to consultant lobbyists, but which would also include in-house lobbyists, big consultancies, and other entities that offer lobbying services such as think tanks.

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UN Convention against Corruption

Call for action on right to information and company ownership transparency.

UNCAC_morocco_protestMadrid, 23 August 2013 – NGOs today urged parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) to take action to promote adoption of access to information laws and to increase the availability of information on beneficial ownership of private companies.

A letter sent today to members of the UNCAC Working Group on Prevention, by Access Info Europe and Global Financial Integrity together with the civil society UNCAC Coalition, urged priority action on transparency measures essential in the fight against corruption.

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Spain's Pro-Transparency Organisations denounce adoption by Parliamentary Committee of weak and insufficient draft access to information law

Ponencia_ley_1Madrid, 31 July 2013 – The Constitutional Commission of Spain's Parliament (Congress) today adopted using the voting majority of the ruling Partido Popular and two smaller parties, the draft law on Transparency, Access to Information and Good Governance. This will be passed to the plenary of the parliament in September for subsequent approval by the Senate, most likely to come during the autumn.

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The Global Right to Information Update:

The right to information movement is well positioned to fight for better commitments on corporate transparency and open data.

Global_RTI_UpdateMadrid, 8 July 2013 – The largest analysis of the worldwide movement for access to information, The Global Right to Information Update was published today by the Freedom of Information Advocates Network.

The publication looks at how the movement for the right to information has brought issues of transparency and open government to the forefront of political and economic debate – as reflected in recent weeks in open data commitments made by the G8 – and maps out the challenges lying ahead.

The authors, human rights advocates from seven continents, report on the threat to progress made so far posed by the financial crisis, particularly in Europe where civil society has difficulty securing funding for its work. The authors also cite regressions in freedom of expression rights in at least four countries in Europe, namely, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Russia and Turkey.

Lydia Medland from Access Info who was a writer and the lead editor of the study said, "The report reflects the truly global nature of this movement, which has secured over 95 access to information laws and recognition of a human right of access to information."

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