Major challenges regarding the draft law on 'transparency' in public life - communique of the 5 NGO

The new legislation on public transparency makes deep incursions into citizens’ rights. Secret services and enforcement agencies will gain more citizens’ data and new powers to interfere in their privacy and exert pressure arbitrarily and without any safeguards.

Meanwhile, a wide spectrum of issues that have been red-flagged for years remain unresolved, including a genuine control over lobbying. Actual drafters of legislation will remain obscure under the proposed regime whereas public interest non-governmental organisations will now be subject to radically more stringent obligations that lobbyists acting on behalf of business.

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