13 May 2021

Accountability in Complex Democracies

2021-05-17T12:14:07+02:00

Date: 13/05/2021 Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info, participated in the seminar Accountability in complex democracies: the role and relevance of the accountability of the Prime Minister to Spanish society, organised by the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC). This seminar kicks off a series of discussion events on specific aspects of accountability, with the aim of obtaining from them rigorous and useful information to improve the accountability of the Spanish government as much as possible. She was joined by the following speakers: Francisco Martin Aguirre. Director of the Department of Planning and Monitoring of Government Activity. Presidency

Accountability in Complex Democracies2021-05-17T12:14:07+02:00
4 May 2021

VIII Congress on the Advancement of Open Government

2021-05-13T12:08:55+02:00

Date: 20 and 27 April and 4 May 2021 The VIII Congress on the Advancement of Open Government and the VI Congress on Good Governance and Transparency of the Valencian Region were held under the title Multilevel Asymmetries of Transparency and the Right of Access. The Executive Director of Access Info Europe, Helen Darbishire, participated in the closing of this event organised by Lorenzo Cotino, Andrés Boix and Jorge Castellanos, professors of the Department of Constitutional Law, Political Science and Administration of the University of Valencia. The Transparency Observatory, a research project of the University of Seville, also contributed to

VIII Congress on the Advancement of Open Government2021-05-13T12:08:55+02:00
28 Apr 2021

Connecting financial integrity and open government agendas in Europe

2021-05-03T12:03:43+02:00

Date: 28/04/2021 Connecting financial integrity and open government agendas in Europe, FACTI Panel briefing for European governments and civil society organisations Co-hosted with Access Info Europe In Europe and beyond, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) offers a platform through which governments and civil society actors are co-creating political commitments on a broad range of areas including the fight against corruption, tax fairness and asset recovery for development. Synergies between OGP and the FACTI Panel’s work may bring impulse to financial integrity and the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore,the Panel would like to present its recommendations to European governments

Connecting financial integrity and open government agendas in Europe2021-05-03T12:03:43+02:00
27 Apr 2021

Open Government, public innovation and citizen participation

2021-04-28T10:47:35+02:00

Date: 27/04/2021 Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info Europe, participated on 27 April in the panel "Democratic Challenges of Open Government, Public Innovation and Citizen Collaboration", as part of the conference organised by the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP) of Spain: "Open Government, Public Innovation and Citizen Collaboration". She was joined by officials from the Central Government and other Spanish public administrations, as well as members of the academia and from civil society organisations at national and international level. During the meetings, the following topics were discussed: New democratic challenges posed in the new political and administrative context; Measurement

Open Government, public innovation and citizen participation2021-04-28T10:47:35+02:00
15 Apr 2021

III National Summit on Open Government and Transparency

2021-04-19T13:43:16+02:00

Date: 15/04/2021 One year after the unprecedented global crisis resulting from the Covid19 pandemic, we are witnessing a change in the perception that governments, citizens, research groups and academia have of the fundamental importance of the human right to health. In line with this trend, the III National Summit on Open Government and Transparency, organised by INAI, proposes an overview to analyse the links between health, access to information, accountability, transparency, innovation and citizen participation. Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info, participated in this event under a with a presentation entitled: "What if we had achieved open government before

III National Summit on Open Government and Transparency2021-04-19T13:43:16+02:00
25 Mar 2021

Transparency to Fight Corruption in Post-Pandemic Development

2021-04-14T11:47:54+02:00

Date: 25/03/2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed inadequate transparency frameworks, allowing for public funds to be diverted and stolen. In this context, the UNCAC Coalition and Access Info Europe hosted a Knowledge Partner session at the virtual 2021 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum  under the title "Transparency to Fight Corruption in Post-Pandemic Development". The online event featured the participation of: Alfredo Durante Mangoni, Chair G20 ACWG, Coordinator for Anti-Corruption at the Italian Foreign Ministry Anamarija Musa, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb and from 2013-2018 Croatian Information Commissioner Antonio Baquero Iglesias, European Editor for the Organized Crime and

Transparency to Fight Corruption in Post-Pandemic Development2021-04-14T11:47:54+02:00
24 Mar 2021

Open Government – international trends?

2021-04-14T11:15:03+02:00

Date: 24/03/2021 Access Info Executive Director Helen Darbishire participated in the Scottish Public Information Forum (SPIF), the event bringing together rights holders, duty bearers, government, the Scottish Information Commissioner and the public around a table twice a year to discuss, equally, the practical enjoyment of access to information rights in Scotland.  Learning from each other helps improve understanding and practice across and within sectors. It is organised by Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS), an independent, non-party political organisation that campaigns for a robust legal right to access information so people can find out how they are governed

Open Government – international trends?2021-04-14T11:15:03+02:00
16 Mar 2021

The importance of transparency in Covid-19 Recovery Plans

2021-04-15T12:46:49+02:00

Date: 16/03/2021 Since the European Union announced, through the Next Generation Funds, the allocation of 140 billion euros for the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, Member States are making a major communication effort to ensure that the whole process is carried out under the principles of transparency and accountability. However, managing these funds in a timely manner requires certain procedural flexibilities that may lower the standards of the projects funded, leading to corruption and mismanagement. How can this situation be prevented, what control mechanisms should Spain implement, and how can they reach decentralised administrations? In order to answer these questions,

The importance of transparency in Covid-19 Recovery Plans2021-04-15T12:46:49+02:00
25 Feb 2021

Transparency and access to information in the COVID-19 era

2021-07-13T12:06:57+02:00

Date: 25/02/2021 During the international response to COVID-19, a good part of the controversies has revolved around the handling of information: committee composition, hospital occupation, availability of breathing equipment, purchases from suppliers, deconfinement plans, tracking staff, vaccination plans, etc.
Transparency and access to information in the COVID-19 era2021-07-13T12:06:57+02:00