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A tres meses de la transparencia

calendar_Madrid, 9 de septiembre de 2014 - A tres meses de la entrada en vigor de la Ley española de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Buen Gobierno, el Gobierno sigue sin haber publicado nada sobre los distintos reglamentos que permitirán su implementación. A continuación hacemos un repaso de lo que queda por hacer en estos tres meses.

Access Info Europe y la Fundación Ciudadana Civio enviaron el día 20 de agosto de 2014 una carta al Secretario de Estado de Relación con las Cortes José Luis Ayllón Manso para saber en qué estado se encuentra la implementación de la Ley de Transparencia.

Entre las tareas pendientes, el gobierno debe completar los siguientes procesos:

» Presentar el Real Decreto por el que se apruebe el Estatuto orgánico del Consejo de Transparencia y Buen Gobierno. Según la propia ley aprobada en diciembre de 2013, este reglamento debería haberse presentado en marzo de 2014.

Esta norma es especialmente importante ya que definirá entre otras cuestiones cuáles serán los requisitos que deberán cumplir los candidatos a la presidencia del Consejo de la Transparencia y los mecanismos para asegurar su independencia y el buen desarrollo de su mandato.

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Hitting a Hundred Access to Information Laws Globally

Need for Better Data on Transparency in Practice

Paraguay_President[UPDATE 19 September 2014 - This law was signed and adopted by the President of Paraguay on Thursday 18 September 2014, making Paraguay the 100th country to adopt an access to information law]

Madrid, 26 August 2014 – The civil society movement campaigning for government openness is on the point of reaching a significant landmark with the Latin American country of Paraguay awaiting presidential sign off on what will be the world's 100th access to information law. The law was passed by Paraguay's parliament on 21 August 2014.
[The picture shows Horacio Cartes, President of Paraguay, who should now sign the law].

Right to information specialist organisation Access Info Europe congratulates the global freedom of information community for achieving this milestone.

Twenty years ago, in 1994, there were just 15 access to information laws globally. The democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and subsequent democracy movements globally have given impetus to the transparency movement for securing these laws. The Open Data and Open Government movements, plus advocacy and litigation from freedom of information advocates, are helping to drive this forward.

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Open data to get your teeth into!

Access Info invites open analysis of UK FCO documents

fco_call_ukMadrid, 4 August 2014 – Access Info Europe called for fellow freedom of information activists to help analyse and discover the information and data held in the tens of UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office documents on negotiations in Brussels to revise the European Union's transparency law, in a crowdsourcing initiative launched today.

Download the documents here!

These documents, obtained as a result of a four-year legal battle, are a unprecedented insight into the debate around the right of access to EU documents that has been going on since 2008, and could prove which EU countries are, and are not, transparency champions.

Dive into the data and help shed some light on the relations between the EU and Member States and the so-called "policy-laundering" phenomenon, whereby citizens are told the EU is to blame for certain decisions which actually involve full and proactive Member State representatives' participation.

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European Ombudsman urges proactive transparency of EU-US trade talks

TTIP_protest_in_LondonMadrid, 31 July 2014 – Access Info Europe today welcomed the decision by the European Ombudsman to call for more proactive disclosure of documents to stakeholders surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, and to open investigations into the Council of the EU and EU Commission’s lack of transparency around these talks.

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has offered a range of practical measures to enable timely public access to TTIP documents, and to details of meetings with stakeholders. Referring to the pro-transparency jurisprudence established by Access Info’s case against the Council (won in October 2013) as well as by the July 2013 ruling in the case of In ‘t Veld against the European Commission, the Ombudsman questioned the assertion of public harm in the disclosure of the EU negotiating directives for the on-going negotiations.

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