27 November 2008

Оn 27 November 2008,the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the Convention on Access to Official Documents.

 

Tha drafting process started in January 2006 and ended in February 2008 and was accompaned by a widespread campaign by the three observing organizations: Access Info Europe, Article 19 and Open Society Justice Initiative. Their recommendations that the first binding treaty on access to information shall establish higher standards guaranteeing the full exercise of that right were supported by more than 250 civil society groups from all over the world, 12 Information Commissioners, by the OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media, by the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services, and by the Parlamentary Assembly (Opinion No. 270 2008). However, they were not taken into consideration. Now they recommend the establishment of a monitoring body to oversee the Convention and propose amendments which could strengthen the treaty in the future.