• European Commission Withdraws Automated August Holiday Delay Message

    European Commission Withdraws Automated August Holiday Delay Message

    Madrid, 14 September 2016 - Access Info Europe has welcomed the decision by the European Commission not to repeat August's automatic "out-of-office" style message warning requesters that there might be delays in processing their requests due to the summer holidays. This decision came after Access Info's Executive Director Helen Darbishire [...]

  • Record-keeping and timely publication of information are essential for meaningful participation Access Info tells Council of Europe

    Record-keeping and timely publication of information are essential for meaningful participation Access Info tells Council of Europe

    Madrid, 5 September 2016 – Access Info has submitted recommendations to the Council of Europe on how to improve its Draft guidelines for meaningful civil participation in political decision-making so as to ensure that records are kept and that there is timely publication of relevant documents. This recommendation comes after [...]

  • Your fundamental right might have to wait, I’m out of office

    Your fundamental right might have to wait, I’m out of office

    Madrid, 2 September 2016 - Since the beginning of August, requesters of access to EU documents may have noticed the following automated messages from the Secretariat General warning them about possible delays to dealing with requests: “Due to the holiday period in August, some delays may occur in the treatment [...]

  • Madrid City Adopts Strong Transparency and Lobby Regulation Rules

    Madrid City Adopts Strong Transparency and Lobby Regulation Rules

    Madrid, 27 July 2016 - The Madrid City Council today approved one of the most progressive sub-national transparency regimes in Europe, encompassing proactive publication on a broad scale, the right to request information, including via anonymous requests, and a strong lobby regulation that requires the registration of lobbyists before they [...]

European Commission Withdraws Automated August Holiday Delay Message

Madrid, 14 September 2016 - Access Info Europe has welcomed the decision by the European Commission not to repeat August's automatic "out-of-office" style message warning requesters that there might be delays in processing their requests [...]

Record-keeping and timely publication of information are essential for meaningful participation Access Info tells Council of Europe

Madrid, 5 September 2016 – Access Info has submitted recommendations to the Council of Europe on how to improve its Draft guidelines for meaningful civil participation in political decision-making so as to ensure that records [...]

Your fundamental right might have to wait, I’m out of office

Madrid, 2 September 2016 - Since the beginning of August, requesters of access to EU documents may have noticed the following automated messages from the Secretariat General warning them about possible delays to dealing with [...]

Madrid City Adopts Strong Transparency and Lobby Regulation Rules

Madrid, 27 July 2016 - The Madrid City Council today approved one of the most progressive sub-national transparency regimes in Europe, encompassing proactive publication on a broad scale, the right to request information, including via [...]

EU institutions urged to adopt Ombudsman proposals for trilogue transparency

Madrid, 14 July 2016 - European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly today published key recommendations calling on the EU institutions to increase transparency of negotiations over future legislation, the EU’s traditionally secretive “trilogue” meetings. Access Info welcomed [...]

Post it-sized minutes of European Council meetings unacceptable says Access Info Europe

Madrid, 8 July 2016 – Access Info Europe has denounced the European Council’s recurrent lack of detail in its record-keeping, something highlighted by the shockingly minimalist minutes of the 17-18 March 2016 European Council meeting [...]

Spain: The State of Transparency in a Year of Change

Madrid, 14 June 2016 - In the run-up to a second general election in less than a year, Spanish political parties are struggling to live up to their pro-transparency discourse as they offer voters weak [...]

Access Info condemns slashing of World Bank’s Access to Information Unit

Calls for Transparency to be core part of future governance agenda Madrid, 7 June 2016 - Access Info Europe has criticised the decision by the World Bank to axe its department working on access to [...]

Access Info defends citizens’ right to know as part of lobby transparency reforms

Madrid, 6 June 2016 – Access Info Europe has called on the European Union and the Council of Europe to ensure that future lobby control rules that both are in the process of developing are [...]

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