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Profile of registrant

Access Info Europe

Identification number in the register: 49931835063-67
Registration date: 22/01/11 10:04:41

The information on this organisation was last modified on 23/07/14 15:02:40
The date of the last annual update was 10/01/14 16:36:56

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Access Info Europe
Acronym: Access Info
Legal status: Association, registered in Spain
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Daniel Bezares
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Helen Darbishire
Position: Executive Director

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 8 Cava de San Miguel, 4º centro 
Madrid 28005
Telephone number: (+34) 913 656 558
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: 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.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information: 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


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

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 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information
* Directive 95/46/EC on personal data protection

As a human rights organisation we also join 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 Europe regularly files information requests with the EU on a range of topics and publishes the results. Recent reports can be found at
* Access Info has won a case against the Council of the European Union before the European Court of Justice in a case seeking to disclose the identities of Member States making proposals in the context of negotiations on the revised access to documents EU legislation. See the final ruling of the case at . We are now working to ensure that the ECJ ruling is properly implemented by the Council.
* 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 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:
* From Feburary 2012 to February 2013 Access Info Europe coordinated the EU Citizens Project, which involved 5 other CSOs from across Europe. The project sought to promote citizen lobbying through greater and more meaningful public participation in EU decision-making. In 2013, this included the commissioning of a pan-European opinion poll, the publication of a “citizens' report” with recommendations to the EU institutions ( and the production of online videos. For more information on the EU Citizens Project please see
* Publication of a Guide on Access to EU Documents in May 2013:
* Transparency of the European Central Bank – publication of a report in September 2013 based on the data gathered via including specific recommendations on how the ECB can improve its handling of public access to documents requests: In May 2013 we also applied to take part in the Bloomberg case against the ECB but were denied leave to intervene.
* Involvement in campaigns to increase corporate transparency, including work on the non-financial reporting directive via the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and involvement in the civil society campaign for public registers of beneficial owners. For more information:
* Transparency of Media Ownership: Access Info Europe and the Open Society Media Program organised a strategy session on the "Transparency of media ownership" on 24 September 2013.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • 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


Total number of members that are natural persons: 8
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

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

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 331,938
of which public financing: 319,695
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants: 62,608
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources: 257,087
from other sources: 12,243
- donations: 12,243
- contributions from members:
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

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.