Press release: Friday, 23 March 2001

Statewatch to get award for its work on EU openness


Statewatch has been awarded the prestigious "EIA Chadwyck-Healey Award for Achievement in European Information 2000".

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, will be accepting the Award on behalf of the organisation at the annual general meeting of the European Information Association to be held at the office of the European Commission office in London on Monday 26 March.

The Award is made each year to the organisation:

"which, in the opinion of the Awards Panel, has achieved most in promoting and advancing access to information about the European Union and the wider Europe. The Panel recognises the contribution Statewatch has made through its work on openness and transparency and, in particular, your current work on access to documents."

Previous winners of the EIA Chadwyck-Healey award for achievement in European information are:

1996 European Ombudsman
1997 European Commission Representation in London
1998 European Voice
1999 Finnish Presidency of the EU

For further information contact:

Statewatch: 00 44 (0) 208 802 1882
EIA: 00 44 (0)161 228 3691

NOTES for EDITORS

1. Statewatch is an independent group of lawyers, researchers, academics, journalists and community activists founded in 1991. It is one of the leading NGOs in the EU working on justice and home affairs, civil liberties and openness. Its website carries extensive full documentation on the EU’s code of access to documents and the current discussions on a new code, see: www.statewatch.org

2. Statewatch has successfully taken eight complaints to the European Ombudsman against the Council of the European Union over access to EU documents. The most recent decision of the Ombudsman concerning two of these complaints was on 13 March 2001 when he made two Recommendations which the Council has to comply with by 31 May 2001, see: www.statewatch.org/news/2001/mar/06ombuds.htm

3. Statewatch has previously been given awards by the Campaign for Freedom of Information for its work on EU openness (1998) and by Privacy International for its work on telecommunications surveillance (1999).

4. Tony Bunyan is a journalist specialising in EU justice and home affairs and openness issues and has been editor of Statewatch since its foundation. He is author of "Secrecy and openness in the European Union" (Kogan Page, 1999).

5. The European Information Association (EIA) is an international body of information specialists whose aim is to develop, co-ordinate and improve access to EU information. It has a world-wide membership including public, academic and government libraries, information units of professional and voluntary groups, European Documentation Centres, Euro Info Centres, local authorities, publishers, companies and law firms.


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