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28 Jan 2022

European Commission President’s text messages are documents and can be requested says Ombudsman

2022-01-28T15:13:58+01:00

Madrid / Brussels, 28 January 2022 – Access Info has hailed today’s decision by the European Ombudsman that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s text messages with the CEO of Pfizer about Covid vaccine purchases are documents to which the public can request access. Access Info is calling for an urgent reform to ensure that the EU’s twenty-year-old access to documents rules are brought into line with the digital age. Rather remarkably, the European Commission had told Alexander Fanta, a journalist with netzpolitik.org, that because it does not register text messages, these cannot be requested. This refusal came to a

European Commission President’s text messages are documents and can be requested says Ombudsman2022-01-28T15:13:58+01:00
26 Jan 2022

Call for transparency in selecting head of Spanish Data Protection Agency

2022-01-26T16:31:39+01:00

Madrid, 26 January 2021 – Access Info has called on the Spanish government to guarantee a transparent, merit-based process for selection of the head and deputy head of the Spanish Data Protection Agency. Concerns about this process have arisen after allegations surfaced that the two principal political parties (the PSOE and PP) had reached an agreement on who would get the posts (a governing PSOE candidate for the position of President, an opposition PP candidate for the Deputy President position). This brought a warning from the European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski, who told El País newspaper that “the EU

Call for transparency in selecting head of Spanish Data Protection Agency2022-01-26T16:31:39+01:00
24 Nov 2021

Spain signs the Tromsø Convention on Access to Official Documents

2021-11-24T21:43:00+01:00

Madrid, 24 November 2021 – Access Info today welcomed the signature by Spain of the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents – the Tromsø Convention – fulfilling its commitment to do so under Spain’s current Open Government Partnership Action Plan. The Tromsø Convention was signed by Spain’s Representative to the Council of Europe, Manuel Montobbio, on 23 November 2021, in the presence of Assistant Secretary General Bjorn Berge. The commitment to sign and ratify the Tromsø Convention was secured by civil society, with active involvement of Access Info, as part of the co-creation of Spain's IV OGP

Spain signs the Tromsø Convention on Access to Official Documents2021-11-24T21:43:00+01:00
4 Oct 2021

Pandora Papers: How long before we have open company registers?

2021-10-04T22:14:48+02:00

Helen Darbishire, Director of Access Info Europe, reflects on what the Pandora Papers tell us about anti-corruption and integrity instruments in Europe, and calls on the European Commission to move urgently on opening up company registers. Helen is a member of the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership, and is Chair of the UNCAC Coalition, a global civil society network working to combat corruption. Madrid, 4 October 2021 – The Pandora Papers leak reveals, once again, that the mega rich are using legal loopholes to avoid taxes and the corrupt are transferring money out of poorer countries into more

Pandora Papers: How long before we have open company registers?2021-10-04T22:14:48+02:00
28 Sep 2021

Spain: Civil Society calls for full Recognition of the Right of Access to Information

2021-09-28T10:49:09+02:00

Alicante, 28 September 2021 - On the International Day for Universal Access to Information, Access Info Europe and other (35) organisations of the Coalición Pro Acceso have published a declaration calling on the Spanish government to recognise the right of access to information as a fundamental right, and to adopt a transparency law that applies to all public authorities, as well as to private entities that perform public functions and/or operate mostly with public resources. Among the 18 demands contained in the Declaration of the Coalición Pro Acceso, presented at the VI international Congress on Transparency (Alicante, 27 to 29

Spain: Civil Society calls for full Recognition of the Right of Access to Information2021-09-28T10:49:09+02:00
21 Sep 2021

Public kept in the dark over European Commission decision making on opening company ownership data

2021-09-21T16:07:53+02:00

Madrid, 20 September 2021 – In an open letter to European Commissioners Thierry Breton and Vera Jourová sent today, Access Info and other leading transparency organisations raised concerns about the Commission’s failure to take a decision on publication of company data under the Open Data Directive, even after the 17 June 2021 deadline Member States to transpose the directive has passed. The European Commission should by now have held a month-long public consultation on the Implementing Act for the Open Data Directive, permitting potential users, including journalists, businesses, and anti-corruption organisations, to put forward arguments as to its democratic value

Public kept in the dark over European Commission decision making on opening company ownership data2021-09-21T16:07:53+02:00
16 Sep 2021

Web Intern

2021-10-07T10:45:42+02:00

Access Info Europe is an international organisation based in Madrid which focuses on defending and promoting the right of access to information. Access Info is currently looking for a Website Intern to support our efforts in defending and promoting the right of access to information in Europe. The intern will assist with the design, development and improvement of the Access Info website. The internship will be at office in central Madrid, with some remote work possible. We offer flexible working hours. We prefer long-term internships, starting from 3 months, around 6 months is preferred. The internship is not remunerated, but

Web Intern2021-10-07T10:45:42+02:00
16 Sep 2021

Graphic Design Internship

2021-10-07T13:43:24+02:00

Access Info Europe is an international organisation based in Madrid which focuses on defending and promoting the right of access to information. Access Info is currently looking for a Graphic Design Intern to support our efforts in defending and promoting the right of access to information in Europe. The intern will assist with the design and development  of reports and visual content for our campaigns. The internship will be at office in central Madrid, with some remote work possible. We offer flexible working hours. We prefer long-term internships, starting from 3 months, around 6 months is preferred. The internship is not remunerated,

Graphic Design Internship2021-10-07T13:43:24+02:00
21 Oct 2019

Access Info welcomes proactive publication of sanctions of old people’s homes in Madrid region

2019-12-02T13:02:32+01:00

Madrid, 21 October 2019 – The Community of Madrid has announced that it will henceforth publish proactively sanctions imposed on the nearly 500 old people’s homes in the Madrid region – sanctions for offences such as breaching food, hygiene, or care standards – but only after an investigation by journalists from El País newspaper, who had to win a case before Spain’s Transparency Council in order to obtain the information. Access Info Europe welcomed the proactive publication of the data on the quality of care and standards in old people’s homes, noting that such information is absolutely essential for families

Access Info welcomes proactive publication of sanctions of old people’s homes in Madrid region2019-12-02T13:02:32+01:00
1 Aug 2019

Spain: Access Info presents report to UN Human Rights Council on violations of right of access to information

2020-01-29T10:36:45+01:00

Madrid, 01 August 2019 –  Access Info has submitted to the UN Human Rights Council a report on the ways in which the right of access to information is violated in Spain and has called on the Spanish government to bring the legal framework into line with international standards. Specifically Access Info has called for recognition by the Spanish government of access to information as a fundamental right, which would end discrimination against requesters: currently the identity requirements mean that only those who are Spanish citizens  or residents can submit requests. Furthermore, a failure to educate the wider public about

Spain: Access Info presents report to UN Human Rights Council on violations of right of access to information2020-01-29T10:36:45+01:00