IS INFORMATION ON DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES DISCLOSED IN EUROPE?

WE SENT 55 ACCESS TO INFORMATION REQUESTS IN 11 EUROPEAN JURISDICTIONS.
HERE’S WHAT WE FOUND

ONLY 60% OF INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE

Key information requested to understand how decisions are taken regarding policy and legislation is not available to the public, impeding public participation and scrutiny of decision-making processes. Half of the information requested was denied by European governments
or simply did not exist.

THE RESULTS IN DETAIL:
THE OUTCOMES OF OUR REQUESTS

THE RESULTS IN DETAIL:
DOCUMENT-BY-DOCUMENT

THE RESULTS IN DETAIL: HOW LONG
DID WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR RESPONSES?

WHAT EXCEPTONS APPLIED TO
DENY (FULL OR PARTIAL) ACCESS?

WHAT TYPE OF DOCUMENTS DID WE ASK FOR?

We asked for types of documents we believe to be relevant when trying to follow and understand a specific decision-making process.
This is the kind of information we requested:

REQUESTING INFORMATION COUNTRY-BY-COUNTRY

Find below the outcomes we got for the more than 200 pices throughout 55 information requests submitted in these 11 European jurisdictions. Keep scrolling to find more details per country: what kind of information did we ask for, what was disclosed, and what wasn’t.

Austria

We looked for information regarding FOI law amendments, awards of honorary titles, pesticides legislation, tobacco law and copyright.

WAS THE INFORMATION DISCLOSED?

55% of information was denied!

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Croatia

We looked for information regarding Catholic Church exemptions, tenders for oil exploitation and conversion of citizen's credits to Euros.

WAS THE INFORMATION DISCLOSED?

52% of information was disclosed!

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Finland

We looked for information regarding the adoption of a mandatory lobby register at the EU level.

WAS THE INFORMATION DISCLOSED?

50% was not held!

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Germany

We looked for information regarding CO2 limits, minimum wage, pharma laws, inheritance taxes and pension reform.

WAS THE INFORMATION DISCLOSED?

54% of information was partially disclosed!

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Greece

We looked for information regarding re-use of public sector information, public procurement legislation and infertility treatment legislation.

WAS THE INFORMATION DISCLOSED?

It was impossible to access any information due to Administrative Silence!

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