17 Feb 2017

OGP in Spain: More political will on participation, but legal battles for information are still underway!

2018-11-13T10:03:42+01:00

[Article first published by the Open Government Partnership Blog] Madrid, 17 February 2017 - February has been a month in which numerous high level political figures in Spain have been found guilty and sent to jail on corruption charges, including King Felipe VI’s own brother-in-law sentenced to six years in prison (more info in English here), things are also moving forward in a positive way when it comes to developing open government, with a new political team working on the next OGP Action Plan and Madrid City Hall holding an innovative, large-scale, public consultation as part of its first OGP

OGP in Spain: More political will on participation, but legal battles for information are still underway!2018-11-13T10:03:42+01:00
24 Nov 2016

Civil society calls on Spanish Government to be open about the Open Government Partnership – again!

2018-11-13T10:03:58+01:00

Madrid, 24 November 2016 – A letter from seventeen (17) Spanish civil society organisations sent today to the Spanish government calls for information about progress on the third Open Government Partnership Action Plan, as well as urging the Spanish authorities to send ministerial level representatives to the OGP summit, to be held in Paris on 7-9 December 2016. The letter from members of the Coalicíon Pro Acceso[1], also signed by five (5) individual transparency experts, notes that Paris is a high level summit, and at least 32 countries, including France, Germany and the UK, will be sending heads of state

Civil society calls on Spanish Government to be open about the Open Government Partnership – again!2018-11-13T10:03:58+01:00
3 May 2016

Civil society urges OGP Steering Committee to undertake strong reforms and rally its core values

2018-11-13T10:04:11+01:00

Madrid, 3 May 2016 - The Open Government Partnership is in need of substantial reforms in order for it to become a real actor of change for greater transparency, participation and accountability worldwide, Access Info Europe and Alianza Regional have stated in an open letter sent to the organisation’s Steering Committee. The letter, supported by 64 civil society organisations, addresses five areas of improvement aiming to increase the OGP’s credibility and strengthen its core values: » Establishing clear and rigorous criteria for dealing with human rights violations by participating countries; » Ensuring real participation and co-creation of OGP Action Plans;

Civil society urges OGP Steering Committee to undertake strong reforms and rally its core values2018-11-13T10:04:11+01:00
27 Nov 2015

Documents used in decision making are not “internal” rules Spain’s Transparency Council

2018-11-13T10:04:36+01:00

Madrid, 27 November 2015 – In another important decision from Spain’s Transparency Council, Access Info Europe has been granted access to Spanish government progress reports on Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments. The Transparency Council’s decision rejects arguments by the Ministry of the Presidency that these documents, which were used as part of the decision-making process, are “internal documents.” In August 2015, Access Info’s director Helen Darbishire asked for copies of OGP-related documents in order to get an insight into what the government is doing in implementing the action plan. This request was necessary because, unlike in other OGP countries, there

Documents used in decision making are not “internal” rules Spain’s Transparency Council2018-11-13T10:04:36+01:00
16 Oct 2015

Access Info issues formal complaint on Spain’s lack of commitment to the OGP

2018-11-13T10:11:14+01:00

Madrid, 16 October 2015 - Access Info Europe submitted a formal complaint to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in relation to the Spanish government’s manifest lack of commitment towards the principles and values supported by the Alliance, of which Spain is member since 2011. Access Info’s complaint is specifically structured around four key obstacles to transparency, participation and accountability which constantly complicate collaboration and cooperation with the government when trying advance in open government matters: No communications mechanisms have been set up to enable dialogue and facilitate consultation processes with civil society; this includes the absence of an identifiable contact

Access Info issues formal complaint on Spain’s lack of commitment to the OGP2018-11-13T10:11:14+01:00
30 Jul 2015

Global civil society calls upon EU to join Open Government Partnership

2018-11-13T10:04:48+01:00

Madrid, 27 July 2015 – Access Info Europe, the Open Society European Policy Institute, and Publish What You Fund have sent a letter endorsed by 50 organisations from around the world, calling on Members of the European Parliament to encourage the European Union to sign up to the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The OGP is a 65-country multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together champions of democratic reform from governments, parliaments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector. Its members include 20 EU member states, 5 candidate countries and another 9 European Neighbourhood countries. The letter emphasises the benefits that OGP

Global civil society calls upon EU to join Open Government Partnership2018-11-13T10:04:48+01:00
10 Apr 2015

Design of WJP Open Gov Index Skews Results

2018-11-13T09:46:34+01:00

Is this really a true picture of Open Government Worldwide? With evaluations such as "incredible", "rather amazing figure", and "missed opportunity", Dr Ben Worthy of LSE and Helen Darbishire of Access Info analyse the World Justice Project's Index 2015 and raise a series of important questions, including how accurate is the finding that 63 million people around the world asked for government information last year? Do 88% of Belarusians really get full responses to requests from government? Are 85% of Austrians aware of their (almost non-existent) FOIA law? Do 7% of Finns really pay bribes to get official information, the

Design of WJP Open Gov Index Skews Results2018-11-13T09:46:34+01:00
22 Jan 2015

Open Government Standards

2020-02-13T12:20:46+01:00

Access Info Europe has led for the last year a campaign aimed to create Open Government Standards and promote them around the world. The idea was to set standards on what open, transparent, accountable and participatory government really means. Open Government is a hot topic right now, but what does it really mean in practice? What should government be doing in the areas of Transparency, Participation and Accountability to qualify as “open governments”? What are the uses of new communications technologies, which really advance openness as opposed to merely perpetuating existing bureaucratic practices in a digital environment? Our aim was

Open Government Standards2020-02-13T12:20:46+01:00
15 Sep 2014

Global Legislative Openness Week: launch of international campaign to open legislatures

2018-11-13T10:11:43+01:00

Madrid/Washington D.C., 15 September 2014 - Access Info Europe, as part of a group of 107 civil society organizations from around the world, including the Sunlight Foundation, the Latin American Legislative Network, Open Knowledge, and local Transparency International chapters launched a global campaign to highlight the importance of transparent and accountable legislatures, and to help parliaments embrace new technologies when publishing information about their work. The public letter, issued in coordination with the Global Legislative Openness Week, calls on national assemblies to make parliamentary and legislative data open by default by proactively releasing information in open and structured formats and

Global Legislative Openness Week: launch of international campaign to open legislatures2018-11-13T10:11:43+01:00
30 Apr 2014

Access Info Europe leads panel about open government in the OGP Regional Meeting in Dublin

2018-11-13T10:11:51+01:00

Madrid, 30 April 2014 – Access Info Europe is coordinating a panel on ‘Open Government: standards and indicators for measuring progress’, as part of the Open Government Partnership Regional Meeting in Europe, which will take place in Dublin on 8 and 9 May. Effectively measuring and evaluating open government has been a challenge for the OGP since its launch in 2011. Proposals such as the Open Government Standards, the Open Government Guide, and other initiatives and instruments have aimed to provide benchmarks and guidance for the evaluation of national action plan commitments. What are the current guidelines and standards for

Access Info Europe leads panel about open government in the OGP Regional Meeting in Dublin2018-11-13T10:11:51+01:00