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13 Aug 2022

Spain and State Secrets: Civil Society condemns mid-August consultation on first new secrecy law in over 50 years!

2022-08-26T21:05:19+02:00

Photo: El País Update, 26 August 2022: 24 organisations have signed this statement, as well as three individual experts. Madrid, 13 August 2022 – Access Info is one of 15 civil society organisations which today condemned in the strongest terms an incredibly short, mid-August, public consultation on a Spain’s new secrecy law, proposed to replace the 1968 Franco-era law still in force. The new draft law was made public by the Spanish government on 3 August 2022 with a deadline of 12 August for public comments, right in the heart of the holiday period when very few academics, legal experts,

Spain and State Secrets: Civil Society condemns mid-August consultation on first new secrecy law in over 50 years!2022-08-26T21:05:19+02:00
29 Jun 2022

European Commission rejects recommendation by Ombudsman to open up secret covid vaccine negotiations

2022-06-29T12:47:01+02:00

130,000-strong petition backs European Ombudsman ruling for Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to adhere to EU transparency rules around vaccine negotiations. Brussels, 29 June 2022 – The European Commission today doubled-down on its refusal to release text messages exchanged with Pfizer CEO, Albert Bourla, relating to negotiations of the purchase of covid vaccines in spite of calls to do so from over 130,000 citizens and the European Ombudsman. This Wednesday, rejecting the opinion by the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, who said that the text messages are subject to EU transparency rules, the European Commission is arguing instead that text

European Commission rejects recommendation by Ombudsman to open up secret covid vaccine negotiations2022-06-29T12:47:01+02:00
3 Mar 2022

Call for Transparency of Discussions on the Future of Europe’s Digital Market

2022-03-03T15:55:38+01:00

Madrid, 1 March 2022 – Access Info is one of 43 organisations which today called on EU leaders to ensure full transparency of debates over the future regulation of our digital environment, including services and marketplaces online. As three-way negotiations are proceeding between the European Commission, European Parliament and the Member States in the Council of the EU, the organisations expressed concern at the lack of transparency of the texts being discussed. Rather unusually, there has been little transparency of the so-called “trilogue” negotiations on the Digital Markets and the Digital Services Acts, in spite of this being required by

Call for Transparency of Discussions on the Future of Europe’s Digital Market2022-03-03T15:55:38+01:00
1 Aug 2021

La tasa franquista que “secuestra” los datos mercantiles y lastra la lucha contra el fraude

2021-08-04T11:33:11+02:00

elDiario.es | 01/08/2021 Spanish- Un arancel de 1973 impide la libre consulta de los datos de las empresas españolas y el uso de herramientas de 'big data'. El Gobierno reconoce que es "discriminatorio" pero no ha concretado sus planes para derogarlo. Read more...

La tasa franquista que “secuestra” los datos mercantiles y lastra la lucha contra el fraude2021-08-04T11:33:11+02:00
29 Jul 2021

Las organizaciones reclaman la apertura del Registro Mercantil, pendiente de que se aplique la directiva de la UE

2021-07-29T12:17:37+02:00

Newtral | 27/07/2021 Spanish- El 31 de julio finaliza el plazo del compromiso que se había marcado el Gobierno para transponer la directiva aprobada por la Unión Europea para un acceso más transparente de los datos recogidos en el registro mercantil. Read more...

Las organizaciones reclaman la apertura del Registro Mercantil, pendiente de que se aplique la directiva de la UE2021-07-29T12:17:37+02:00
15 Jul 2021

Freedom of Information in the Balkans: Classified, Rejected, Delayed

2021-08-27T15:50:44+02:00

Date: 15/07/2021 The global pandemic has been used as an excuse for many Balkan states to not fully implement freedom of information laws, leaving the public in the dark. Transparency has been another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. While on paper, freedom of information laws are up-to-date in almost all countries in the region, implementation is patchy at best and has grown worse since governments clamped down on the flow of information with the onset of the coronavirus. Together with journalists, public officers and the Open Government Partnership, Access Info participated in this event led by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network

Freedom of Information in the Balkans: Classified, Rejected, Delayed2021-08-27T15:50:44+02:00
30 Jun 2021

Gazetaria nga ekrani; rregullorja e re e Kuvendit cënon lirinë e medias

2021-07-13T12:39:37+02:00

Citizens Channel | 30 June 2021 Albanian- Ato janë mësuar të komunikojnë përpara kamerave, por me 9 qershor gazetarët që mbulojnë punimet e Kuvendit dhe komisionet parlamentare nuk mbanin në duar mikrofona. Me pankarta ku shkruhej: “Ne duam të raportojmë atë që shohim, jo atë që na servirin,” ata u mblodhën të protestonin kundër rregullores së re të Kuvendit të Shqipërisë, për të cilën shprehen se cënon lirinë e medias dhe të drejtën e publikut për t’u informuar. Read more...

Gazetaria nga ekrani; rregullorja e re e Kuvendit cënon lirinë e medias2021-07-13T12:39:37+02:00
29 Jun 2021

European Commission urged to make procurement transparent to protect pandemic recovery and green spending

2021-08-11T14:09:51+02:00

Brussels, 29 June 2021 – Leading transparency organisations from across Europe today alerted the European Commission to a series of weaknesses in national public procurement systems, and recommended specific measures urgently needed to protect pandemic recovery funds and green deal spending from corruption.
European Commission urged to make procurement transparent to protect pandemic recovery and green spending2021-08-11T14:09:51+02:00
24 Jun 2021

Democracy and Governance Practice Retreat 2021: In Crisis and Beyond

2021-08-27T15:30:13+02:00

Date: 24/06/2021 Public procurement (around 13% of the EU’s annual GDP) is a powerful tool for achieving social impact and is key to countries’ performance, especially amid crises. During the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, procurement is used to ensure access to life-saving medicines and to expand opportunities for small and medium businesses devastated by lockdowns. How can governments better leverage procurement as a public service to maximise social impact? How can open approaches to procurement, through open data and accessible digital tools, help us achieve better social impact, including more competition, inclusion and sustainability? In the session "Rule of Law,

Democracy and Governance Practice Retreat 2021: In Crisis and Beyond2021-08-27T15:30:13+02:00