National Transparency Campaigns

13 Mar 2018

European Parliament urged to support protections for right of access to information in wake of killing of Slovak journalist

2018-03-14T12:05:10+00:00

Madrid, 13 March 2018 – In light of the shocking news that Jan Kuciak was likely killed as a result of his work as an investigative journalist and whose freedom of information requests may have been passed to the subject of his inquiry, a total of 61 civil society organizations today wrote to the European Parliament calling for stronger safeguards for those who exercise the right of access to information. The statement and the list of signatories can be found here Please contact Access Info to add your organisation The statement, sent to all 751 Members of the European Parliament

European Parliament urged to support protections for right of access to information in wake of killing of Slovak journalist 2018-03-14T12:05:10+00:00
13 Mar 2018

Letter to European Parliament with Statement on killing of Jan Kuciak

2018-03-14T12:19:08+00:00

Madrid/Brussels, 13 March 2018 Dear Member of the European Parliament In advance of tomorrow's parliamentary debate on the killing of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, please find below a statement signed by 61 civil society organisations from across Europe and elsewhere expressing their concern about the fact that his investigation may have been exposed after he submitted request for information, and calling on the European Union to take action to help protect journalists and all those who exercise their fundamental right of access to information. More details can be found in this story by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting

Letter to European Parliament with Statement on killing of Jan Kuciak 2018-03-14T12:19:08+00:00
15 Jun 2017

Cyprus government flawed interpretation of European transparency standards

2017-12-11T12:43:46+00:00

[UPDATE: Madrid, 11 December 2017 - On 25 April, the Cyptriot Government answered the letter sent by Access Info raising questions regarding to Cyprus Access to Information Law. You can find a copy of the letters here : ] Madrid, 15 June 2017 - Access Info Europe and six Cypriot civil society organisations [1] have raised concerns with the Cyprus government that the future draft access to information law would violate European standards if adopted in its current form. In particular, they warned the exceptions to transparency are seriously out of line with the Council of Europe Convention on Access

Cyprus government flawed interpretation of European transparency standards 2017-12-11T12:43:46+00:00
31 Mar 2017

Civil society warn Cyprus’ draft transparency law under threat if excessive exceptions persist

2017-04-16T14:29:33+00:00

» This article is also available in Greek, here. Madrid, 31 March 2017 – Access Info Europe and 30 international and Cypriot civil society organisations have today urged the government of Cyprus to guarantee that exceptions to access in its draft transparency law meet international standards. The letter urges the Cypriot Justice Minister in charge of the law, Ionas Nicolaou, to reverse the unacceptable inclusion of five absolute exceptions [1] as well as ensure that information may only be refused if its disclosure would or would be likely to harm a protected interest, unless there is an overriding public interest

Civil society warn Cyprus’ draft transparency law under threat if excessive exceptions persist 2017-04-16T14:29:33+00:00
17 Feb 2017

Cypriot lawmakers challenged to ensure FOI is free and exceptions are limited

2017-04-16T14:29:34+00:00

[UPDATE: Madrid, 1 March 2017 - On 28 February, Access Info Europe sent its comments to the text of the draft FOI law, to be debated at the Cypriot Parliament Legal Committee: ] Nicosia/Madrid, 17 February 2017 – Access Info Europe this week addressed an in-person hearing in the Cypriot Parliament and called for the draft FOI law to be amended to remove fees for making requests and to reduce time limits for responses, in particular cutting down the possible 60 days extension for complex requests. Speaking to the Cypriot Parliament’s Legal Committee on Thursday 16 February 2017, Andreas Pavlou,

Cypriot lawmakers challenged to ensure FOI is free and exceptions are limited 2017-04-16T14:29:34+00:00
10 Nov 2016

One step forward, two steps back: New Italian FOIA fails to improve adequate appeals mechanism

2017-04-16T14:29:37+00:00

Madrid, 10 November 2016 - Access Info Europe has expressed serious concern that Italy’s newly-adopted “FOIA” still falls far behind international standards after an analysis of the quality of the law ranked Italy 54th out of 111 countries. The pro-transparency organisation criticised the decree, passed in May this year, specifically because it weakens the appeals system by abandoning Italy’s Information Commission as a national oversight body. “Italy’s new FOIA forces requesters to go through the infamously-slow Italian court system in order to challenge non-disclosure of information, making it difficult to hold public officials accountable and near-impossible for citizens to participate

One step forward, two steps back: New Italian FOIA fails to improve adequate appeals mechanism 2017-04-16T14:29:37+00:00
3 Mar 2016

UK Government drops plans to restrict FOI

2016-03-03T14:01:05+00:00

Madrid, 3 March 2016- Access Info Europe has welcomed the decision by the UK government to abandon its plan to undermine the UK FOI law through measures such as the introduction of fees for making requests or expanding the Cabinet veto on disclosure of information. This victory in defence of the public’s right to know was achieved after intense public debate about the proposals under consideration by the Commission on Freedom of Information and over 30,000 submissions to the public consultation. Access Info, which had condemned the proposals and participated in the public consultation, welcomed the announcement on 1 March

UK Government drops plans to restrict FOI 2016-03-03T14:01:05+00:00
8 Feb 2016

Austria: Draft FOI law falls short of international standards

2017-04-16T14:29:41+00:00

Access Info/IPI analysis welcomes progress, but urges reforms to better guarantee right to information Madrid/Vienna, 8 February 2016 – Austria’s draft freedom of information (FOI) law requires significant further reforms in order to meet international standards governing transparency and the right to information, Access Info Europe and the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) said today upon jointly releasing an analysis of the draft. The analysis, conducted by Access Info, welcomes Austria’s initiative to replace an outdated legal framework that “until now has severely restricted access to information held by Austrian public bodies”. Key weaknesses in the proposed FOI law (Informationsfreiheitsgesetz)

Austria: Draft FOI law falls short of international standards 2017-04-16T14:29:41+00:00
15 Dec 2015

Update: Slovenian parliament withdraws proposed charges for information requests

2015-12-15T15:03:51+00:00

Madrid, 15 December 2015 – In the face of strong national and international reaction to the proposal to introduce charges for the time of public officials in answering information requests, Slovenian coalition parties today withdrew the problematic amendment to Article 24 of the new Freedom of Information Act from the legislative procedure. This decision was welcomed by Access Info Europe, the Association of Slovenian Journalists, Transparency International Slovenia, and the European Federation of Journalists, who in recent days had raised concerns about the proposed amendment (read the original story from 14 December). We are pleased that coalition parties heard and

Update: Slovenian parliament withdraws proposed charges for information requests 2015-12-15T15:03:51+00:00
14 Dec 2015

Slovenia plans to impose charges on freedom of information requests

2017-04-16T14:29:42+00:00

Madrid, 14 December 2015 - The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) together with its affiliate, the Slovenian Journalists’ Association (DNS), Transparency International Slovenia and Access Info Europe, have today called on the Slovenian Parliament to reject a last-minute amendment that permits public officials to charge for their time in answering freedom of information requests, something that would be direct interference with the right of journalists and NGOs to access information. On Tuesday 15 December, the Slovenian Parliament will hold a second discussion on the controversial amendment to the Access to Public Information Act  that was presented at the very last minute by coalition parties SD, SMC and DeSUS. There

Slovenia plans to impose charges on freedom of information requests 2017-04-16T14:29:42+00:00