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Access Info Europe leads panel about open government in the OGP Regional Meeting in Dublin

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Madrid, Wednesday 30 April 2014 – Access Info Europe is coordinating a panel on ‘Open Government: standards and indicators for measuring progress’, as part of the Open Government Partnership Regional Meeting in Europe, which will take place in Dublin on 8 and 9 May.

Effectively measuring and evaluating open government has been a challenge for the OGP since its launch in 2011. Proposals such as the Open Government Standards, the Open Government Guide, and other initiatives and instruments have aimed to provide benchmarks and guidance for the evaluation of national action plan commitments.

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Open Debate: We support an EU lobby register, say Spanish candidates to the European Parliament

Madrid, Thursday 24 April 2014 - Support for an EU lobby register was the message conveyed by European election candidates in yesterday's open debate in Madrid organised by Access Info Europe.

This event was a unique opportunity for citizens to ask questions directly to candidates in person and via Twitter. The answers demonstrated a range of opinions between Salvador Garriga (PP) and Enrique Guerrero (PSOE), both current Members of the European Parliament, and candidates from UPyD, IU and Equo-Primavera Europea.

Given their EU parliamentary experience, the two veteran candidates showed an understanding of lobbying as a necessary and integrated part of an MEPs daily life, and defended the transparency of their own work in the European Parliament. Both expressed the need to keep improving lobbying transparency but they presented it as an inevitability rather than a problem to be solved: Lobbies exist and are ever better regulated, and should continue to be a key element in EU decision-making processes.

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Over 40 MEPs from across the political spectrum pledge to stand-up for citizens and democracy against excessive corporate lobbying

politics_for_people_logo_square_White_on_orange_WEBMadrid/Brussels, Tuesday 15 April 2014 - Today, the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), AK EUROPA (Brussels office of the Austrian Chamber of Labour) & ÖGB Europabüro (Brussels office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation), together with a broad coalition of civil society organisations from across Europe, are launching their campaign to urge candidates for the upcoming European elections to “stand-up for citizens and democracy against the excessive lobbying influence of banks and big business”. [1]

Prominent MEPs have already signed-up to the Politics for People campaign. These include: Ska Keller, joint European Commission President candidate for the Greens; Gabi Zimmer, leader of the GUE-NGL bloc; Evelyn Regner from the Socialists Group; Monica Macovei from the European People's Party; and Corinne Lepage from ALDE; with over 40 MEPs signed-up in total. [2]

Access Info Europe, part of the organising committee for Politics for People and is also a steering committee member of ALTER-EU, is leading the campaign in Spain. An open debate with candidates, organised by Access Info, will be held in Madrid on Wednesday 23 April in the hall of the Asociación de la Prensa de Madrid from 19:00 to 20:30. For more information please see here.

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Access Info Europe challenges lack of transparency in Spain at European Court of Human Rights

magritte-la-trahison-des-images-1Madrid, Monday 14 April 2014 - Access Info Europe today presented a case against Spain at the European Court of Human Rights challenging the refusal to recognise a right of access to information following a seven-year legal battle to obtain information from the Ministry of Justice about anti-corruption measures.

The case has been presented to the Strasbourg Court after Spain’s Constitutional Court last year rejected an appeal based on the freedom of expression provisions of the Constitution (Article 20.1.a) and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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