ACCESSING COMPANY REGISTERS
USING THE RIGHT TO KNOW
ONLY 1 OUT OF 32 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ALLOWS FREE, PUBLIC
ACCESS TO ITS ENTIRE COMPANY REGISTER
countries were sent requests for a copy of the entire company register database
countries refused access to their company register database in its entirety
countries charge money for access to the company registers database
countries give free, public access to the entire company registers database
European governments, by putting these obstacles to accessing company register data, are complicit in blocking investigative journalists in their work uncovering criminal activities, money laundering, and tax evasion.
Why is it important for the public to have full, free access to company registers?
Users perspective on access to company registers:
The map below summarises the results of the request process, which took almost two years to complete.
To find out more about what happened in each country, click on the map
or use the country-by-country
list below:Map Key
In red…Refused access to info
In orange…Process still ongoing
In green…Gave full access to info
In blue…Administrative silence