Posts Tagged ‘Netherlands’

Public Consultation on New Dutch FOI Law

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The European Public Sector Information Platform reports the public consultation round that has opened for the Dutch FOI law.

The Dutch FOIA is generally considered fairly good example of a legal provision allowing citizens access to government information. On, an organisation that developed criteria to compare national FOIAs, the Netherlands scores in the top-middle range, along with countries such as Sweden and the UK, and above others like France and Denmark. Its acronym, “WOB” has caught on in journalist jargon even beyond the Netherlands: “wobbing” has become a verb signifying the filing of a request for access, and is today the name of a news website devoted to transparency across the EU.

However, the Dutch FOIA is considered a first-generation access law. Compared to many other countries, it misses some of the more innovative and technology-driven arrangements such as online registers of documents and proactive disclosures. The last revision of the Dutch took place over twenty years ago, in 1991.


Erna Scholtes defends PhD thesis on Dutch political understanding of transparency

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Last Monday, Erna Scholtes defended a thesis on the emerging understanding of the idea of transparency over the past decades.

Scholte works as senior consultant at Dutch public consultancy firm Twynstra & Gudde. Over the past years she worked on her research project as an  external researcher at Tilburg University. For this research, she analysed over 5000 parliamentary documents from the period between 1995 and 2010, to see how debates about transparency among Dutch MP . has evolved over the years. Her reseach reveals the multi-faceted understanding that politicians have of transparency, and the inherently positive semantic load that the term carries.

Click here to read a press release about the PhD thesis (in Dutch, entitled: “Transparentie, icoon van een dolende overheid”).