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Access Info Europe

Identification number in the register: 49931835063-67
Registration date: 22/01/2011 10:04:41

The information on this entity was last modified on: 21/01/2015 10:41:56
The date of the last annual update was: 21/01/2015 10:41:56

This entry follows the format of the previous Register. It will be changed to the new format when the entity makes the next update.
Next update due latest on: 27/04/2015

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Access Info Europe

Access Info

Association, registered in Spain

    Section of registration

III - Non-governmental organisations

Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

    Contact details

Cava de San Miguel, 4º centro, 8
Madrid 28005

(+34) 913 656 558


    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Daniel Bezares


    Person in charge of EU relations

Ms  Helen Darbishire

Executive Director

    Goals / remit

Access Info Europe is a human rights organisation dedicated to promoting and protecting the right of access to information in Europe as a tool for defending civil liberties and human rights, for facilitating public participation in decision-making and for holding governments and intergovernmental bodies accountable.

Access Info's mission is that the right of access to information be enshrined in law and work in practice.

  • European
  • global
  • national


Access Info Europe acts to promote and protect the right of access to information (freedom of information).

This includes the right of access to EU documents as established by Article 15 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The relevant EU legal framework includes:
* Regulation 1049/2001 on Access to EU documents
* Directive 95/46/EC on personal data protection
* Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information

As a human rights organisation we also support other actions in promotion of human rights, including the right to freedom of expression, the right to privacy, and other rights affected by EU rules, policies and practices. Access Info also supports initiatives to increase public participation in decision-making at the EU level.


* Access Info runs the website, an online platform where citizens can file access to documents requests to any EU institutions. All responses and requests are published online and in real-time. Access Info also regularly files information requests of our own.

* Access Info uses the data generated through to analyse compliance with the right of access to EU documents by various EU institutions.
Recent reports can be found at

* Transparency of the Council of the European Union – publication of a report in May 2014 based on the data gathered via including specific recommendations on how the Council of the EU can improve its handling of public access to documents requests:

* Transparency of the European Commission – campaigning for proactive transparency within the Commission expert groups: and demanding EU Commissioners’ expenses become transparent:

* Transparency of Media Ownership: Access Info Europe and the Open Society Media Program continue to campaign for improvements in Europe on the "Transparency of media ownership". This invoves advocacy directed at the EU institutions and also to the Council of Europe and other inter-governmental bodies.

* Access Info is part of the Steering Committee of ALTER EU since October 2011 and as such is engaged in campaigns to reform the EU Transparency Register, to re-balance expert groups in the European Commission, and to strengthen ethics regulation in the EU. More details can be found here ( and on the ALTER EU Transparency register page:

* ‘Politics for People’ campaign: As part of the ALTER EU coalition, the campaign was successful in securing commitments from the 2014 European Parliament Election candidates that they would defend citizens against the excessive influence of corporate lobbies and big businesses if elected:
ALTER EU and Access Info will continue to work together with the MEPs that pledged to improve EU ethics and transparency over the next legislative term.

* Support for campaigns calling on the European Commission to reform EU copyright laws and regulations:

* Support for campaigns to make the negotiations on the future Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) open and transparent: . This includes filing a submission to the public consultation conducted by the European Ombudsman on the topic:

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above


The following persons are involved in promoting the transparency of the EU on a regular basis:

Helen Darbishire
Pamela Bartlett Quintanilla
Andreas Pavlou

    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

    Fields of interest

  • Climate Action
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Enlargement
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Food Safety
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Home Affairs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Information Society
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Regional Policy
  • Trans-European Networks

    Membership and affiliation



Freedom of Information Advocates Networks (
European Civil Liberties Network (
United Nations Convention against Corruption Coalition (
Alter-EU (
European Coalition for Corporate Justice (
Convención de las Naciones Unidas contra la Corrupción

    Financial data

01/2013  -  12/2013

331,938 €

319,695 €


62,608 €


257,087 €

12,243 €

12,243 €


< 50,000  €

A summary of Access Info Europe's annual accounts can be found at

Access Info operates on the bases of grants and donations. We do not accept anonymous donations over 100 Euros.

Under Access Info's transparency policy, anyone may file a request for further information about our finances and the bills and receipts related to our expenditure for each year are available for inspection in the Access Info office in Madrid.

    Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.