20 October 2010, Madrid – Access Info Europe, along with other members of the Coalición Pro Acceso (the Coalition for an Access to Information law in Spain) will present the results of the 2010 Open Budget Index which has assessed the transparency of budgets in 94 countries and which for the first time this year, includes Spain.

The press conference in Madrid is part of the global launch that is being held in the 94 countries which are included in the 2010 Open Budget Index. In Madrid, Access Info Europe will present the results for Spain as well as the international ranking and recommendations on how to improve transparency and participation in budget-making.

The findings and recommendations of the Open Budget Index will be presented by the following speakers:

10.30 Lydia Medland, Access Info Europe, Introduction and Presentation of the Open Budget Index 2010;

10.35 Carlos Cordero, Director of Sustentia, Presentation of the Results for Spain;

10.45 José Antonio Alonso, Director, Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales-ICEI- UCM, International Results of the 2010 Open Budget Index and the International Importance of Budget Transparency;

10.55 Irene Milleiro, Director of Research and Campaigns of Intermón Oxfam, Citizen Participation in the Development of Budgets;

11.00 Questions and Comments

11.30 End

Results Will be Presented by Access Info Europe, Asociación de Prensa Madrid, C/Juan Bravo, 6. 28006 Madrid 10.30h