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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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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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