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EU Calls on Spain to Strengthen Transparency Law

malstromMadrid, Monday 3 February 2014 – Access Info Europe today welcomed the European Union’s first anti-corruption report on Spain, which called for measures to strengthen Spain’s transparency law adopted in December 2013 in line with those which civil society has been campaigning for.

Access Info Europe today urged the Spanish government to act immediately on the recommendations, which include guaranteeing independence of the appeals body, enhancing sanctions for non-compliance, and a narrower scope of exceptions to the principle of access to information.

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Access Info condemns German Government attempts to block dissemination of documents obtained using FOI law

fragdenstaatstatement2Madrid, 23 January 2014 – Access Info Europe today condemned the cease and desist order sent by the German Government to information request platform FragdenStaat.de, requiring it to take offline a document written by government staff and obtained under Germany’s access to information law on the grounds of protection of copyright.

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Access Info Launches New 'Pledge Campaign' Initiative To Fight For Greater Lobby Transparency In The EU

The campaign, focusing on European Parliament elections in May 2014, seeks commitments from MEP candidates to fight against corporate lobbies' excessive influential power in the decision making process in Brussels.

Stand_up_for_Democracy_1Madrid, 10 January 2014 – Access Info has launched a new project in Spain in the lead up to the 2014 European Parliamentary elections. The Pledge Campaign, in partnership with organisations from across Europe, aims to secure commitments from European Parliament election candidates to improve the transparency of lobbying activities in the EU, and reducing the excessive influence of big company lobbies in the European legislative process. The campaign will be coordinated by ALTER EU, the European coalition for lobby transparency of which Access Info is a steering committee member.

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Leading Civil Society Organisations Call for Government Transparency on Mass Surveillance

Staring_eyeMadrid/London, 19 December 2013 - Access Info Europe, over 110 civil society organisations across the world, together with individual leaders and thinkers including Aruna Roy and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, have expressed concern that secret mass surveillance and the persecution of whistleblowers contradict the ideals of “open government”.

The statement has been sent just as a White House Review Panel recommended that the US National Security Agency should be stripped of its power to collect telephone records in bulk.

The groups are calling on Open Government Partnership (OGP) member governments to include specific commitments in their OGP Action Plans to overhaul privacy laws, protect whistleblowers, and increase transparency on surveillance mechanisms as well as the export of surveillance technology.

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