• UNESCO urged to be transparent about its transparency policy!

    UNESCO urged to be transparent about its transparency policy!

    Madrid, 21 December 2016 - Over 50 of the world’s leading civil society organisations, along with key experts, have called on UNESCO to share a draft access to information policy, which it is currently being discussed inside the organisation. In a letter to UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova, the civil [...]

  • EU Ombudsman proposes publishing names of officials to improve transparency in public procurement processes

    EU Ombudsman proposes publishing names of officials to improve transparency in public procurement processes

    Madrid, 20 December 2016 – Access Info Europe has welcomed the European Ombudsman’s recommendation that the European Commission systematically obtain consent to publish the names of public officials charged with decision-making on public procurement prior to their appointment. The Ombudsman’s proposal follows a complaint submitted by Access Info after the [...]

  • Leave no trace? How to combat off the record government

    Leave no trace? How to combat off the record government

    [Article first published by Progressive Economy @ TASC] Dublin, 13 December 2016 - While historical archives are a rich part of our cultural heritage, there are many day-to-day reasons why we should care about how governments and public bodies currently make and keep records of their actions and decisions. At [...]

  • Over 50 Spanish constitutional experts urge recognition of access to information as a fundamental right

    Over 50 Spanish constitutional experts urge recognition of access to information as a fundamental right

    Madrid, 12 December 2016 - Over 50 of Spain’s top constitutional experts, lawyers, and academics have called upon the Spanish government to recognise access to information as a fundamental right in line with international jurisprudence which links the right to information to freedom of expression. The experts insist that there [...]

UNESCO urged to be transparent about its transparency policy!

Madrid, 21 December 2016 - Over 50 of the world’s leading civil society organisations, along with key experts, have called on UNESCO to share a draft access to information policy, which it is currently being [...]

EU Ombudsman proposes publishing names of officials to improve transparency in public procurement processes

Madrid, 20 December 2016 – Access Info Europe has welcomed the European Ombudsman’s recommendation that the European Commission systematically obtain consent to publish the names of public officials charged with decision-making on public procurement prior [...]

Leave no trace? How to combat off the record government

[Article first published by Progressive Economy @ TASC] Dublin, 13 December 2016 - While historical archives are a rich part of our cultural heritage, there are many day-to-day reasons why we should care about how [...]

Over 50 Spanish constitutional experts urge recognition of access to information as a fundamental right

Madrid, 12 December 2016 - Over 50 of Spain’s top constitutional experts, lawyers, and academics have called upon the Spanish government to recognise access to information as a fundamental right in line with international jurisprudence [...]

Access Info challenges European Commission secrecy around EU-Turkey refugee deal legal advice before the European Court of Justice

Madrid, 2 December 2016 – Access Info Europe is taking the European Commission to the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union to obtain its legal analysis of this year’s controversial [...]

Civil society calls on Spanish Government to be open about the Open Government Partnership – again!

Madrid, 24 November 2016 – A letter from seventeen (17) Spanish civil society organisations sent today to the Spanish government calls for information about progress on the third Open Government Partnership Action Plan, as well [...]

Europe: access to information in practice, not just on paper

[Article first published by the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso] Long established and widely recognized, the right to access to information is severely curtailed in many European countries due to deficient implementation of existing law In [...]

Spanish Transparency Council confirms that Agendas of Cabinet meetings of the Government is public information

Madrid, 14 November 2016 – Access Info today welcomed the recent ruling by the Spanish Transparency Council that agendas of Cabinet meetings constitute information that should be available for public scrutiny in accordance with the [...]

One step forward, two steps back: New Italian FOIA fails to improve adequate appeals mechanism

Madrid, 10 November 2016 - Access Info Europe has expressed serious concern that Italy’s newly-adopted “FOIA” still falls far behind international standards after an analysis of the quality of the law ranked Italy 54th out [...]

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