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Institutions Guaranteeing Access to Information

OECD and MENA Region

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Thanks to comparative tables and precise examples, this report offers an overall picture of the institutions guaranteeing access to information (IGAI) in OECD member countries. While it does not provide a comprehensive analysis of each of these institutions, it examines the legislation, the composition, and operation of the IGAIs as well as their missions regarding the spontaneous disclosure and appeals following access to information requests.

Similarly, the report carries out an overall analysis of the access to information legislation of Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia, and of the legal and practical context of their IGAIs. In particular, it offers ways to make the implementation of this legislation more effective, at a time when these countries’ citizens are very keen on increased access to information.

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The functioning of the IGAIs and their agents

This chapter first looks at the means of operation of the collegial-body IGAIs vested with decision-making powers, even though only Jordan’s Information Council has been in existence for the last ten years and Tunisia’s IGIA has been active for only a year. It then studies the IGAIs’ human and material resources and concludes with the IGAIs’ possibility of benefiting from agents to help them fulfil their missions.

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