Argentina’s Senate Removes State Firms From FOI Bill

9 September 2016

The Argentinian Senate on Sept. 7 approved an access to information law, 44-15, but only after deleting a provision applying it to state-majority-owned companies (YPF).

The change forced by a coalition of opposition parties means that the bill will be returned for reconsideration to the Chamber of Deputies, where it was approved almost unanimously. (See previous report.)

See articles on the outcome of the Senate debate (in Spanish) here, here, here and here.

Also modified was a provision creating an Agency for Access to Public Information. The changes would give the Senate a voice in the selection of the director and remove a clause prohibiting appointments to the agency of persons who have held elected within five years.

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