Access Info Group
The Council of Europe Access Info Group is one of the two monitoring bodies established by the Tromsø Convention under its Article 11 which is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention by the Parties.
As a technical body to be composed of experts of the highest integrity, independent and impartial in the area of access to official documents the Access Info Group will evaluate and report on the legislative and other measures adopted by the Parties to give effect to the provisions set out in the Tromsø Convention. It shall also contribute to the effective implementation of the Tromsø Convention by means of expressing opinions related to the application of the Convention, exchanging information and reporting on significant legal, policy or technological developments as well as formulating proposals, including proposals for amendments under Article 19 of the Convention. While carrying out its duties, the Access Info Group may request information and opinions from civil society.
The Access Info Group shall be composed of 10 to 15 experts who are elected by the Consultation of Parties for a period of four years, renewable once, from a list of experts, proposed by each Party. The Access Info Group shall meet at least once a year.
The Committee of the Ministers shall determine the election procedure of the Group of Specialists after consulting and obtaining unanimous consent of the Parties within a period of one year following the entry into force of the Convention. The election of 10 members of the Access Info Group is envisaged to take place during the second semester of 2021.
1st meeting, Strasbourg 6-7 December 2021 (TBC)