“We are auditing Greece”

What is exactly happening with Greece, what lies behind the negotiations and how important is debt and what are the consequences for the Greek people? Last month Greece began a Debt Audit process which aims to analyse its debt on the basis of it being illegal, illegitimate, odious or unsustainable, through the Greek Debt Truth…

Half a million citizens in Spain now have control over municipal government accounts

Over half a million people now have access to real participation in their municipality The OCMs: citizen bodies to control local governments   (subtitles in: English, French, Italian, Greek, Portuguese and German). After two years of work at the Spanish Citizen Debt Audit Platform (PACD), we are handing over our municipal tool to citizens: the…

OCAX: an online tool to keep public budgets under people’s control

A year ago, the PACD (Spanish Citizen Debt Audit Platform) launched its campaign to fight debt and lack of transparency in the municipalities. The aim was to create citizen observatories to get the budgets under citizens’ control. An online tool has been developed in order to support this task. The tool, OCAX, is totally open source:  any group can…

The PACD in the CADTM Summer University [Eng, Port]

[English, Portuguese below] In the past days of 28th, 29th and 30th of June, participants of the PACD (Spanish Citizen Debt Audit Platform) attended the CADTM Summer University in La Marlagne, Namur (Belgium). An annual event facilitated by the CADTM that allows for people and organizations from a number of countries to meet in debate and…

Ski slopes of debt in Spain

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK  Last week a former businessman told me with great conviction that the Spanish people had ‘lived beyond their means’. Tonight’s meeting showed just who has lived beyond their means. Iolanda Fresnillo from the Spanish Debt Audit Platform (PACD) told us some incredible stories about her country’s Public Private Partnerships –…