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About Access Info

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 accountable.

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

Access Info was created in June 2006 to meet a need in Europe for an organisation dedicated to promoting the right of access to information. We work to defend access to information as a fundamental human right in and of itself, and as an instrumental right which is essential for participation in government decision-making, for holding governments accountable, and for defence of other human rights.

Formed by European and international experts in access to information, Access Info is registered as a not-for-profit, non-governmental association under Spain's Law on the Right of Association (Ley Orgánica 1/2002, de 22 de marzo, reguladora del Derecho de Asociación. Access Info was founded on 26 June 2006 and registration was confirmed by decision of Spain's Ministry of Interior on 2 October 2006, registration number 587828).

Access Info's strong, multicultural, and multidisciplinary team brings to this task our specialised knowledge of how the right of access to information functions in practice, as well as experience working on civil society advocacy campaigns. We are passionate, proactive, and possess strong communications skills (including the ability to work in a number of major European languages, including English, French, Spanish, German and Italian). In our initial period of operation we have demonstrated our capacity to work at different levels, engaging in both national and international advocacy work, building working relationships with individuals ranging from local civil society representatives to senior government officials.

Access Info's campaigning work since 2006 has included the campaign for a stronger Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents and work on national access to information laws as well as EU transparency. This has enabled us to build a broad network of civil society organisations across the whole of Europe. Access Info's team has provided expertise on the right to information to a number of inter-governmental organisations including the Council of Europe, OSCE, Unesco and the World Bank.