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10° Nexa Lunch Seminar – Transparency Decree: a FOIA or “just” Open Data?

Christian Quintili


Federico Morando

(managing director Centro Nexa)

Centro Nexa su Internet & Società
Politecnico di Torino, via Boggio 65/a, Torino (1° piano)

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On 15th February 2013 the Italian Cabinet announced the approval of a Legislative Decree for the Review of the rules concerning the obligations of disclosure, transparency and dissemination of information by public administrations (the so-called “Transparency Decree”). The Decree states an (excessively?) ambitious principle of “total accessibility of information about the organization and the activities of public administrations”, in order to encourage distributed forms of control “on the pursuit of the institutional functions and the use of public resources”.

But, what will be the actual impact of the Decree? Is it over-ambitious and too demanding? Is it sufficient to guarantee actual transparency, fight corruption and promote efficiency? Does it include sufficient incentives and/or sanctions? Federico Morando, managing director of the Nexa Center for Internet & Society, and Christian Quintili, coordinator of the ActionAid Bologna office, will discuss these and related topics, focusing on the opening of data about public budgets and encompassing a specific perspective about freedom of information and human rights.

The Decree collates and strengthens several existing obligations concerning the proactive publication of pieces of information which are useful to monitor the activities of public administrations, increase their efficiency and fight corruption. The Decree also defines a right of “civic access”. In fact, this provision enables any citizen to require the publication of pieces of information which should already be public. This is admittedly something different from the right of access under FOIA-like laws (in the Italian case, the existing “FOIA” is law 241/1990 with its demanding requirements and limited scope).


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