Brussels, 14 January 2021 - 72 civil society organisations from the EU and across the globe have called on Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to end secrecy around how fishing activities are controlled and sanctioned in a crucial vote to be taken in the Fisheries Committee on 26 January 2021. In a letter sent to all MEPs, the signatories warn that the lack of transparency in the current implementation of the EU Fisheries Control Regulation means the law is in fact failing to prevent illegal fishing. This, in turn, is a major threat to the sustainability of marine resources,
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Access Info Europe today joined Corporate Europe Observatory, Transparência e Integridade and 63 other civil society organisations from across Europe, calling on the incoming Portuguese Presidency of the European Union to push for much needed lobby transparency, accountability and democratic reforms within the Council.
Council of Europe prepares for Entry into Force of the Tromsø Convention on Access to Official DocumentsPaula Domínguez2020-11-18T12:05:34+01:00
Strasbourg (virtual participation), 17 November 2020 – Access Info today called on all member states of the Council of Europe to sign and ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents – the Tromsø Convention – with a particular call on France, Germany, Italy and the UK to follow Spain in ensuring that Europe’s largest countries are party to the Convention.
Access Info Europe is delighted to announce its selection as the Regional Hub for the European Union for the Global Data Barometer (GDB), with responsibility for mapping levels of open data in 20 European countries as part of the 2021 global study.
Spain has adopted an ambitious four-year Open Government Action Plan, replete with measures called for by Access Info, including reform of the 2013 Transparency Law, ratification of the Convention on Access to Official Documents, new laws on lobby regulation and whistleblower protection, and the opening of key data, including the company register and some health service data.
EUobserver | 19/10/2020 When Ursula von der Leyen took the helm as president of the European Commission last year, she told her commissioners they should be open about contacts they have with lobbyists. "Transparency should characterise the work of all the members of the commission and of their cabinets," she wrote. I have recently learned that despite transparency having become "one of the guiding principles for the functioning of the new commission", this principle is not always put to practice. Read more...
¿Quién paga los gastos del rey emérito? El Gobierno rechaza la petición de información de Newtral La Ley 19/2013, de 9Paula Domínguez2020-10-19T10:20:07+02:00
Newtral | 15/10/2020 In Spanish- Hace dos meses Newtral.es solicitó a través del portal de transparencia información relativa a la estancia del rey emérito Juan Carlos I en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos. Tras conocer el país de destino, se realizó una petición de información sobre los gastos del rey emérito en el exterior desde el 3 de agosto, cuando se conoció su decisión de marcharse fuera. Read more...
What’s going on in Spain? Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention, a New 4-year OGP Action Plan, and a new Director for the Transparency CouncilPaula Domínguez2020-11-27T12:35:44+01:00
The global news headlines might be talking about the worrying rise in coronavirus infections in Madrid - and the new lockdown - but there is also a lot of good news for transparency activists coming out of Spain this week, beautifully timed to coincide with International Access to Information Day on 28 September.
Youth Time Magazine | 28/09/2020 “Information is power”, is written in the UN webpage, as describing the importance of International Day for Universal Access to Information, annually observed on 28 September. In order to raise awareness of the importance of universal access to information, the UN General Assembly has proclaimed 28th of September as such. In this article, we will elaborate on why universal access to information is the keystone of inclusive, democratic, and healthy societies with Access Info Europe, a human rights organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the right of access to information. Read more...
International Access to Information Day 2020: European governments urged to ratify Convention on Access to Official DocumentsPaula Domínguez2020-11-27T12:33:39+01:00
On the occasion of International Access to Information Day, the pro-transparency organisation Access Info Europe is calling on the governments of the European region to sign and ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents, which will come into force on 1 December 2020, and to commit to strengthening this fundamental right.