22 Jan 2015

AsktheEU.org Report on the Council of the European Union


The Council of the EU is failing to comply with EU transparency rules by not respecting time frames for responding, applying too many extensions to requests, and not informing all requesters of their right to appeal when information is denied, according to a report published today by Access Info Europe. Analysis of 50 access to documents requests submitted to the Council between 2011 and 2013 via the AsktheEU.org platform, found that the average time for answering was 20 working days, significantly over the maximum 15 working days permitted by EU law. Requests which resulted in partial denials of information were

AsktheEU.org Report on the Council of the European Union2018-11-13T10:11:28+01:00
22 Jan 2015

Aid Transparency Toolkit


Published in October 2009, the Aid Transparency Toolkit is a guide for civil society organisations and members of the public interested in knowing more about how aid works and where the money goes to get the answers to their questions. This Toolkit is designed for CSOs in the north and south working on aid effectiveness, monitoring the implementation of aid projects, seeking to participate in decision making on development strategies or investigating corruption in aid funding and delivery. It can also be used by individuals from donor or recipient countries who are intersted in knowing about aid funds. The toolkit

Aid Transparency Toolkit2018-11-13T10:11:28+01:00
21 Jan 2015

Guide on Access to EU Documents


To celebrate Europe Day, Access Info launched in 2013 a citizen-friendly Guide on Access to EU Documents, calling on members of the public and civil society organisations to exercise their rights and file access to documents requests. The EU has recognised a fundamental right of access to EU documents, but the EU's freedom of information law – which goes by the catchy title of 'Regulation 1049/2001' – remains underused by the population at large. The guide demystifies the process of asking for EU documents explaining step by step how to make a request. Access Info hopes the guide will encourage

Guide on Access to EU Documents2018-11-13T10:11:28+01:00
4 Dec 2013

Why you should not need to provide personal ID in order to request access to information


The Spanish Transparency, Access to Information and Good Governance Law establishes the rules on the access to information procedures in Article 17, one of which is identifying the identity of the requester. This is not necessarily a problem, given that many access to information laws around the world also ask for such information in order to direct the response directly back to the requester, the difference and real problem in Spain is that access to information is considered an administrative procedure and therefore making requests comes under administrative procedure rules. The following mini report by Access Info outlines the reasons

Why you should not need to provide personal ID in order to request access to information2018-11-13T10:12:14+01:00
20 Nov 2013

Reasons not to limit access to information because of age


Limiting access to information to under-16s goes against the principle of access to information as a fundamental right No one should have their right of access to information restricted due to their age according to Access Info Europe and transparency experts. This declaration follows a meeting between Access Info and authors of a draft transparency law in Catalonia, Spain, who have a provision which would restrict access to information to under-16s. Following the meeting between Catalan representatives and Victoria Anderica, Access Info Europe has published a short report that outlines the arguments against restricting access to information due to age,

Reasons not to limit access to information because of age2018-11-13T10:12:16+01:00
30 Jul 2013

Proactive Transparency Report


Public participation can change the way public policies are developed, reducing capture by special interest groups, and ensuring that decisions take into account the views and needs of affected communities. Although information alone is not sufficient—additional mechanisms are necessary for receiving input from the public, reviewing it, and providing feedback on how this input was taken into consideration—meaningful participation exercises are contingent on the public having timely access to the same data as the officials making the decision. Participation cannot be effective or equal if individuals have to file requests and wait for an answer. The role of transparency in

Proactive Transparency Report2018-11-13T10:12:29+01:00
4 Jul 2013

The Global Right to Information Update: The right to information movement is well positioned to fight for better commitments on corporate transparency and open data.


Madrid, 8 July 2013 – The largest analysis of the worldwide movement for access to information, The Global Right to Information Update was published today by the Freedom of Information Advocates Network. The publication looks at how the movement for the right to information has brought issues of transparency and open government to the forefront of political and economic debate – as reflected in recent weeks in open data commitments made by the G8 – and maps out the challenges lying ahead. The authors, human rights advocates from seven continents, report on the threat to progress made

The Global Right to Information Update: The right to information movement is well positioned to fight for better commitments on corporate transparency and open data.2020-02-14T11:22:21+01:00
14 Dec 2011

Rendition on Record: Report reveals Europe’s cover-up of CIA rendition-to-torture evidence


London/Madrid, 19 December 2011 - Just days after new details emerged of a secret CIA prison in Romania used to torture terrorism suspects, a report by two international human rights organisations shows that many European countries are suppressing evidence of their role in the USA’s notorious rendition programme. The report, Rendition on Record, produced by open government specialists Access Info Europe and legal action charity Reprieve reveals how 28 countries have responded to a total of 67 requests for information about specific rendition flights carried out between 2002 and 2006. While six European countries and the USA responded by releasing

Rendition on Record: Report reveals Europe’s cover-up of CIA rendition-to-torture evidence2018-11-13T10:13:25+01:00
1 Oct 2011

Anti-Corruption Transparency Monitoring Methodology


The Access Info Europe “Anti-Corruption Transparency Monitoring Methodology” is designed for anyone wanting to assess levels of transparency in the fields of corruption prevention and integrity promotion. Being transparent implies that governments make available, either at their own initiative or in response to access to information requests, certain classes of information  which are essential for evaluating how public power is being exercised and how public funds are being spent. The Anti-Corruption Transparency Monitoring Methodology is a practical guide which can be used by civil society, journalists, academics and others to evaluate whether the key information needed to prevent and/or identify

Anti-Corruption Transparency Monitoring Methodology2018-11-13T10:06:04+01:00
17 Jan 2011

Reports on the EU


Reports on Transparency in the European Union The Secret State of EU Transparency Reforms This report came out of Access Info's litigation with the Council of the European Union at the General Court of the EU (Case T-233/09). We had asked for documents showing what was being debated during the reform process of EU Regulation 1049/2001 on access to Parliament, Council and Commission documents. The Council replied giving us some information, but nothing that would allow us to identify who was saying what behind the Brussels doors. So we set about asking each EU Member State instead. The Secret State

Reports on the EU2018-11-13T10:13:37+01:00