Two high level delegations from Chile and Mexico are in Spain as part of an exchange visit organized by the FIIAPP and the CEDDET Foundation within the framework of the EUROsociAL Programme, financed by the Europen Commission. The public representatives of the two countries held working meetings at the Secretariat of State for Parliamentary Relations, the Spanish Data Protection Agency, the Directorate-General of Archives and Libraries of the Ministry of Culture and the National Historic Archive.
The delegation—comprised of two representatives from the Council for Transparency, three Chilean deputies, two Commissioners from the Federal Institute for Access to Information and two Mexican senators—was brought to our country for the purpose of learning first-hand about Spanish policies and best practices in the area of parliamentary transparency and the financing of political parties, data protection, the right of access to public information, management of archives, etc.
This exchange visit, which got underway in Madrid and will continue with the British, Swedish and European Parliaments, will enable Chile to advance in the design of a new phase in its public transparency project; in the case of Mexico, it will make it possible to collect inputs for formulating new legal frameworks topromote and defend the right of access to information.
In the course of this activity, the delegates exchanged experiences on parliamentary transparency with the Secretary of State for Parliamentary Relations, José Luis Ayllón; learned about the work being done in Spain in the area of data protection with the Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency, José Luis Rodríguez; and worked on creating a reference framework in Latin America for the management of archives containing public information for the Transparency and Access to Information Network supported by EUROsociALwith Beatriz Franco, Head of the Documentary Assessment and Processing Service, and Ricard Perez, Head of the Archival Programming and Coordination Service (Directorate-General for Archives of the Ministry of Culture).
The mission in Spain concluded with a presentation from some of the delegates in the workshop of the Spanish Association of Parliamentary Lawyers.